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is this filter good for a big tank?

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I have that filter and it is an incredible workhorse. What do you consider a "big tank"?

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Mine is on a 180 and it keeps it crystal clear

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I saw that filter in person last week and that thing is huge! Is gotta be good


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It is huge, barely fits under my custom built cabinet! I love it. However, I would have got the 2262 instead had I seen it first. It is identical except it has a stronger hobby pump. I believe it puts out almost 200gph more than the 2260

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I was planning on using a Pair of XP3's on a 125gal tank.
I like the redundancy; wouldn't 2 medium units be better
than one huge unit?


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I like the redundancy; wouldn't 2 medium units be better
than one huge unit?
Definitely yes I am using 3.
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On my 180 I have a Classic 2217 and 2260

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I have deal going on and I can get either one of those or 2 fluvals (one 305 and one 404). Which one should I get?
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It is huge, barely fits under my custom built cabinet! I love it. However, I would have got the 2262 instead had I seen it first. It is identical except it has a stronger hobby pump. I believe it puts out almost 200gph more than the 2260

There is a $200 difference between this 2 and 700gph difference in the output.
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How big is that thing? 22" tall? (sorry I could search the internet for maybe another store being lazy)

Do those eheims have a method to vary the output flow? Like on the fluvals, what I like is you can adjust it down (yes, its basically just some built in ball valves)

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That is a massive system for your 120, at least it should keep it real clean with the volume it moves. I have never been one to just do the bare minimum in filtration systems. Even my little micro tanks have over sized filters with ample flow. It looks good.

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On my 180 I have a Classic 2217 and 2260
ou laso have the fx5, dont you?

Which one would you chose between the 2260 and the fx5?

Because I can get an used 2260 for about $120, and a new FX5 for about $180
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I'm not a canister user but I was taking a look at all the canister systems just for kicks and if I were to get a canister I would with out a doubt get the Eheim 2260. The build is better 'solid' than a FX05 and has bigger internal trays & more flow. It's not a fancy or pretty unit either just a straight workhorse...my style. Getting into the unit is the only downside but compared to all the others I took apart and thoroughly checked out thats a quirk I can deal with.

Of all the canisters I looked at the Eheim 2260 is definitely the way to go on a big tank and it' kinda sad as I hear they are discontinuing? The electronic ones looks cool and would be my second pick. It would have been my first if they had more 'umpf' under the hood & closer to the spec of the 2260. Third pick goes to the Fluval, I was expecting a much from this but got less, not bad though but it could use some improvement if they are trying to compete with the Eheim.

I didn't look much further once I opened the box and saw the LxWxH of this unit and was actually disappointed with API's high end model . The flow rate is sub par, the unit is too narrow and media trays could use big improvement regarding its capacity . IMO I would not put this system on anything over 90gal and you would definitely need 2 to get the job done too...seriously.

BTW I use a sump setup so I have no favorite canister manufacturer and just giving my opinion from what I saw and felt. With this out of the way I suggest you strongly consider the Eheim 2260 @ $120....you would get more than your moneys worth IMO


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