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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Eheim 350 or 600 or ??

I am looking to replace my aging Eheim Classic filter that doesn't seem to push enough water. I get dead spots in the 59 gallon planted, freshwater tank. I believe the filter is a 2217 and is probably 10 years old. I was thinking about replacing it with an Eheim 350 or 600? Which size Eheim would you recommend for a 59 gallon freshwater planted tank?

I might as well open up the can of worms. Would you recommend a different canister filter? I want something easy to maintain & clean, is reliable/bullet proof, wont leak and is long lasting. I am not someone who wants to spend much time working on my tank.

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I currently have an Eheim Pro 4+ Model 350 on a 40g cube. Bio load is about a dozen tiger barbs and a BN pleco. The filter has decent flow and easily goes 1 month before cleaning. The Model 600 has a larger interior capacity and a slightly bigger pump, but, all incoming water goes thru the same top tray / course filter. This in my opinion is the biggest problem as the top tray gets overwhelmed quickly (could barely get 1 week out of the same Model 350 filter on my 75g high bio load tank).

As for my 40g cube - the Eheim filter is dead quiet, has a very good sealing design and disconnect block setup. Overall I would say this is a very good filter design - for about 1/2 the capacity they claim. Best I can offer.


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Immortal1 so you would recommend the 600 for a 59 gallon tank. I was also concerned about the top tray getting clogged quickly.
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If you have the room (vertically) for the 600, that would be a better choice given the slightly large flow. The biggest question for you would be what is your bio load? if normal to light, the 600 would likely be an excellent filter.


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I have about fourteen 2-4 in. fish in the tank now. I'm not sure what is a normal fish load.
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To me it does not look like as heavy of a bio load as what I have. aqadvisor can be somewhat helpful in determining stocking levels. It's not perfect by any means - basically just another reference tool.
Your level of plants is of course a lot less than mine so the amount of "poo" that they absorb will also be less. All this really means is you bio media in the canister filter will have to work a little harder - not really a big deal.
Just gut instinct, the Eheim Pro 4+ Model 600 should work very well for you if you go that direction.


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