The Planted Tank Forum banner
1 - 20 of 27 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
112 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Hey everyone, so im in the middle of my HC dry start, so im doing the rest of my planning,

i was wondering what you all would suggest for Filtration? ive read other people say they were unhappy with the 2213, and 2215 on their 20 long tanks as the flow rate wasnt enough once the plants grew in, i just want some more opinions though, as it worrys me a bit going with a 2217 as that seems very extreme.

what do you guys think is the best way to go here?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
171 Posts
This is TPT, you will probably get told that you need two 2217's.

For some reason that myth abounds here.

One 2213 on that tank would be more than plenty.
+1

I have a 2213 on a 29g and it's plenty of flow. Remember, you can use use the spraybar on the back or front wall, or cut it a little shorter to fit the shorter side wall. Plus you can drill holes extra holes in the bar. Lots of ways to control the direction and amount of flow to prevent dead spots.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
344 Posts
I've got a 2232 on my 20L. It has a nice amount of flow, although I wish it was a touch higher. It's just got the regular output, no spray bar, and the circle of current just barely makes it around the tank. My tank is fairly heavily planted with a moderate sized, branchy piece of wood.

The 2232 is rated just below the 2213:
2211-60gph
2232-106gph
2213-116gph
2215-164gph

So, I would recommend the 2213 as it would probably be perfect in my setup. If you'll have more or less blocking the current then you can go up or down accordingly.
 

·
Fresh Fish Freak
Joined
·
24,403 Posts
This is TPT, you will probably get told that you need two 2217's.

For some reason that myth abounds here.

One 2213 on that tank would be more than plenty.
:icon_lol::icon_lol::icon_lol:

2213 definitely should be enough filtration. If you're going to be using it to also inject CO2, it may or may not be enough flow, though- depending on your setup.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,261 Posts
+1. If you putting anything inline I would go with the 2215. The 2213 is a little weak for a 20 long IMO.
I used a 2215 even without inline stuff. 2217 is my recommendation. Future usage and ability to inline stuff, plus you can always dial it back. I've always had issues with the flow in my 20L before upgrading to a strong pump for my wet/dry. No issues since.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
112 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
thanks for the replies everyone, i have no plans in the near future for anything inline, my CO2 diffuser is the atomic+ from Green Leaf,

i just want to make 100% sure im getting the best filter i can before i shell out the money, i dont mind getting the 2217 if i have to, i just dont want to create a vortex in the tank with so much flow haha.

im leaning towards the 2215 right now, but maybe you guys will steer me another way?
 

·
Carpe Diem
Joined
·
7,562 Posts
Another consideration is cosmetic: hose size is 1/2" on 2215 and 5/8" on 2217. Your in-line atomizer is also one of those 2 sizes.

The flow is adjustable on either Eheim: going one size up on the filter then what you think you need us likely to save you money in the long run.

Another consideration is that 2215 does not come with media baskets which will prove to be rather useful. I'm not sure on 2217.

v3
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
789 Posts
2213 works for me on my 20 long. It is mostly open with dwarf hair grass however. I have some "hills" in mine and I recently installed and am trying a spray bar. Using the spray bar has given me noticeably better flow over the terrain the way I have it setup. I have it at one aimed upwards to create surface turbulence along the top and a back flow is created along bottom back to the intake.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,545 Posts
I have one 2215 on my 20 long and it is plenty. Have the spraybar on one end and a powerhead at the other to get the water going in a nice circular motion around the tank and my water is crystal clear. I see no reason to need anymore than a 2215. I even have the valve close 1/3 of the way because it was a little too powerful
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
498 Posts
I have a 20l as well, and I am also growing hc. I presently have a aquaclear 50, hydor nano 240, and paintball co2. The co2 gets spread out pretty well, but its just to much equipment in the tank. Im trying to figure out which eheim to go with right now. I was debating between the 2211, and 2213. Im probably gonna go with an inline reactor, and glass lily pipes. I decided on the 2213, but wont get mine for about a week. We should compare, and see what works better. Our setup sounds similar
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
435 Posts
This is TPT, you will probably get told that you need two 2217's.

For some reason that myth abounds here.

One 2213 on that tank would be more than plenty.
Yup. Important to separate one's need to see flow in the tank from what constitutes proper filtration. Slower flow in a canister tends to make for better biological filtration. You want a washing machine, add some powerheads. ;)
 
1 - 20 of 27 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top