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post #16 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-22-2016, 02:33 AM
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Eheim 2217
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I have a 2215 and a SunSun HW-302 on my 55 but its almost fully stocked. A 2217 would do the job but you might have to add a powerhead or circulation pump as the Eheims are very filtration efficient but feature lower flow rates than their competitors.

I have a Fluval 306 and I like it the least of my 3 canisters. Its the most difficult to get the air bubbles out of after I clean it, the tubing it comes with is garbage and not appropriate for inline equipment, it doesn't come with a spray bar and its the most expensive option for no apparent reason.

I am very fond of my SunSun however, despite its being the cheapest I own. They're at least worth a look.
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Where do you see that? Is it used? The only thing I see is the Fluval 406 for 199 with Amazon Prime shipping with my membership.
OOPS- saw it on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fluval-406-A...IAAOSwIwhWSmLs

Looks like it's new, but refurbished, and seller has a 99.9% positive feedback rating. I'd probably stick with the Amazon deal.
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I'd say Fluval is a quality canister filter. I've had my Fluval 306 for about 5 years now, no issues. Every cleaning I clean and check the impeller and also apply a generous amount of food grade silicone grease on the rubber gasket. Flow is still good, only had to replace the large foam pads once.


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I highly recommend the Hydor brand canister filters, they're easy to use, extremely quiet and efficient.
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I run the 2217 on my 55, does a good job.
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I'll vote Eheim 2217 since I've never had an issue. So simple which I love.
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I highly recommend the Hydor brand canister filters, they're easy to use, extremely quiet and efficient.
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the last one I had, the Hydor 350 canister filter had a leak in one of the valves and had to return it.
Really wish the Eheim 2217 was available from Amazon Prime. Cheapest one on there is available from Big Als and I refuse to deal with them for certain reasons I will not disclose.
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if the classic 2217 had like 4x the flow it would be the best filter ever made hands down


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I have 10 Eheims G65,G90, 2 G160's 2078,2080 2215, 2217, 2026, 2028 and 1 Fluval Fx5 I had a 405 and I had it for 1year it had a small part break on it I fixed it and sold, it was noisy.

I have had no problems with the FX5, great filter it is noisy also but its not bad inside the cabinet.

Of all the Eheims I use, I have had no problem except a very old 2026 that had a small leak around where the power cord comes out of the canister a little silicone fixed the problem.

I have a G160 on 1 of my 55's and they are stellar filters more output than the 2217 and easier to clean.

You can not go wrong with a 2217 though.

The 2215 has very little output, I wouldn't use it on anything bigger than a 20 gallon, unless of course you use it with another filter which is what i do on my other 55, its working with a G90.
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If you want an 2217, while cheapest is always nice, it's one of the few items that is worth the next cheapest price. I have one that a friend gave me that is over 20 years old, and the only thing I've had to replace on it is the impeller shaft when it broke. Everything else is still humming along dead silent and reliable. I have a newer one as well and so far no problems with it either. Ken's Fish has a pretty good price on them and I've had good luck ordering from them.
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For my 55 I have been running an Eheim 2217 - it has been running now for over 2 years without any issues. Easy to clean and the quick disconnects are solid.
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I have 10 Eheims G65,G90, 2 G160's 2078,2080 2215, 2217, 2026, 2028 and 1 Fluval Fx5 I had a 405 and I had it for 1year it had a small part break on it I fixed it and sold, it was noisy.

I have had no problems with the FX5, great filter it is noisy also but its not bad inside the cabinet.

Of all the Eheims I use, I have had no problem except a very old 2026 that had a small leak around where the power cord comes out of the canister a little silicone fixed the problem.

I have a G160 on 1 of my 55's and they are stellar filters more output than the 2217 and easier to clean.

You can not go wrong with a 2217 though.

The 2215 has very little output, I wouldn't use it on anything bigger than a 20 gallon, unless of course you use it with another filter which is what i do on my other 55, its working with a G90.
G160 is on sale right now on dr fosters 179.00 i would buy but wont fit in my cabinet.
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I had a Fluval 306 years ago and really did not care for the shut off valves and it NEVER primed when doing canister maintenance. Plus, it always sprayed an ungodly amount of mulm into the tank when I finally got it to prime and started back up again. Plus the tubing was ribbed, so they always got plugged up with gunk.

Getting back in to the hobby a few months ago, I decided to Eheim 2215s and have had such an easier time with cannister maintenance. The disconnects can be done in minutes and it always stays primed. It only puts out a minimal amount of mulm into the tank when starting up again, and the water is crystal clear. Glad I got Eheim units instead of Fluval
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