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Buying Eheim 2215 but CONFUSED on media
Old 07-26-2011, 11:17 AM   #1
 
Talking Buying Eheim 2215 but CONFUSED on media

I am finally making that leap of faith as I change from a HOB filter on my 27gal to a canister filter. I am going to be purchasing the Eheim 2215 kit: Classic Series Canister Filter > 2215 Plus Kit but am not a fan of the carbon pads since they need to be replaced at the very most every month. Can I just leave it in the canister as added mechanical filtration or should I replace it with another blue mechanical pad? I know many of you have had great success on using different media with different proportions. If you look at the media tab (in the link above) does that sound ok?

As always, any input welcomed,
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:19 PM   #2
 
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2215 seems like like a lot for a 27 gallon. As far as the media in my 2213 I took out the carbon pad also took out the polishing pad (I think that's what it is called? ) the little white pad on top. Then I added filter floss to the very top. I dont like the carbon pads either also the other pad got really dirty and was starting to fall apart really fast. They what to much money for those pads imo soo I just added filter floss been working great for me. I have heard many different ways to set one up also. This way works me. Hope this helps a little and eheims are great filters imo super quite just a little on the high side for price for parts lol
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:31 PM   #3
 
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2215 seems like like a lot for a 27 gallon. As far as the media in my 2213 I took out the carbon pad also took out the polishing pad (I think that's what it is called? ) the little white pad on top. Then I added filter floss to the very top. I dont like the carbon pads either also the other pad got really dirty and was starting to fall apart really fast. They what to much money for those pads imo soo I just added filter floss been working great for me. I have heard many different ways to set one up also. This way works me. Hope this helps a little and eheims are great filters imo super quite just a little on the high side for price for parts lol
I decided on the 2215 because it was only $20 more and would allow me to use it on a larger tank if I ever decided to upgrade. Do you really think its to much though? I'm glade to hear you say super quiet since the tank is in my room. You mentioned filter floss....do you buy that in a huge rolled up sheet? And were do you buy it from (any online links?) I know you can buy the sheets of the blue filter pads that is used for the HOB biowheels at Petsmart, I thought that would be a good cost save if the blue pads ever go bad.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:48 PM   #4
 
If it was me, I'd put an AquaClear 30 on there for <= $25.
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:37 PM   #5
 
Thanks for you input, but I am pretty keen on getting a canister filter. I have had it with HOB filters and want to try something different. Can't to point the spraybar at the glass to diffuse high flow rate?
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:37 PM   #6
 
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I think that is going to be a lot of current in the tank from that size filter. You can adjust them but dunno if you will be able to adjust it enough? They do make a eheim pro ecco 2232 (think that's the name? and number?) that would work for your size tank . Its for a 35 gallon tank but should be fine, also a canister filter. Just another option. Also I get my filter floss from Petco. Its not the sheets though. Its in a bag and looks like one big cotton ball LoL. I think its like $3 or so super cheap!
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:48 PM   #7
 
Ok, taken your concerns into consideration heres the side by side comparison:

CLASSIC:

Model ##221122132215221722602262Aq. size up to USgal406692159396Pump output approx USgal/h60116164264635Del. head approx Hmaxft3'11"4'11"5'11"7'6"12'1"Power consumptionW58152065Canister Volume USgal.45.921.251.746.07Filter volume approx USgal.26.801.101.604.80Dimensions HxWxDin4.3x11.46.3x147.3x14.614.0x16.314.0x22.4

Ecco:

  • Model ##223222342236Series#Easy35Easy60Easy80Aq. size up to USgal356080Pump output approx USgal/h106132159Del. head approx Hmaxft4'7"4'7"6'3"Power consumptionW9913Canister Volume USgal.791.051.32Filter volume approx USgal.42.63.85Dimensions HxWxDin8x11.78x13.98x16.3
It looks like the ecco can hold more filter volume, has a larger canister volume, and its recommend for tanks around 35gal. This does seem like a smarter choice compared to the 2215 i was looking at. I plan i keeping fancy goldfish in this tank later on and the added filter volume with lower flow rate seems like a great choice. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

BTW: Do you think this can handle the heavy bioload of goldfish?
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:55 PM   #8
 
Sorry that didnt load right. Heres the links of the two filters, just click on "technical data" in table for each:

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BTW: Do you think this can handle the heavy bioload of goldfish?
Sorry I can't answer that as I have never kept goldfish. I know they do have heavy bioloads soo with that said I would assume you need a "bigger" filter for the tank which that one is. Though that might be a question for someone that knows and keeps goldfish.
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:38 PM   #10
 
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It looks like the ecco can hold more filter volume, has a larger canister volume, and its recommend for tanks around 35gal. This does seem like a smarter choice compared to the 2215 i was looking at. I plan i keeping fancy goldfish in this tank later on and the added filter volume with lower flow rate seems like a great choice. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Your welcome . I was looking into getting that same filter for my 29 gallon. It is housing 4 dwarf puffers right now. I love the eheim filters but unfornately at the time that one was out of my price range. I will probably still get it sometime down the road though.
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