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post #1 of 11 Old 02-11-2010, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Canister +Internal?

So i was thinking for my 75g if i go for the eheim 2213 (EHEIM Classic External Canister - Filtration & Circulation - Fish - PetSmart) since its rated up 66g and get an internal filter too (EHEIM aquaball Internal Filter - Filtration & Circulation - Fish - PetSmart)would it work better than getting the eheim 2215 rated for up to 92g? Or should i just get the 2215 alone or what?

The main idea behind this was to get more movement in the tank without disturbing the surface of the water, i kinda feel like just the canister wouldnt move the water around too much. But i dunno, enlighten me.
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-11-2010, 11:31 AM
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I don't think you'll need the internal but others who are more knowledable can chime in. However, I am ordering the Eheim 2213 today. I found it on Ebay for $11 cheaper than PetsSmart, shipped. Here is the link. 8 left.

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post #3 of 11 Old 02-11-2010, 11:46 AM
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From my exp I'd not get the 2213 for a 75g. I'd get the professional I or II series for that size tank. Unless you have it super heavy planted and very minimal fish stock (which I doubt anyone does lol).

And for the sake of the looks of your tank; don't mix a canister set up AND a internal filter plus heater etc..that's really cluttering up the tank.

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-11-2010, 12:41 PM
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For a 75g I'd also go with something larger than the 2213. The 2217 would work. As for the internal, I like to have the tank look as natural as possible. I like it when filters, heaters, etc are hidden. So I'm not a big fan of internal filters because of the space they take up and to me, they stick out. Plus I doubt that you really need it. The 2217 should be plenty.
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-11-2010, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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The proII looks confusing, and pricey.
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-11-2010, 02:32 PM
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Check out the 2217 then.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-11-2010, 09:02 PM
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i second the 2217, to be honest. they dont move a HUGE ton of water but if water movement is your issue you can add a cheap powerhead for 20 bucks. I love LOVE my eheim ecco 2236 but youll get alot more flow out of the 2217.

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post #8 of 11 Old 02-12-2010, 12:47 AM
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I've become a two filter person for a variety of reasons: 1) you can seed more easily another filter for your quarantine tank from one of the two filters from your 75 tank 2) you can totally clean one filter without worrying about loosing good bacteria, the other filter will harbour the bacteria and can be cleaned many months latter after the first one 3) if one has troubles with one the other one is still going strong.

I have a 75 gallon and I will be using two Eheims, one stronger and one weaker, the second more to be used with my UV sterilizer where proper flow is important to UV use.
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-11-2010, 09:49 AM
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What do you mean by one weak and one strong? I am setting up a 120 gallon tank and trying to get more info. Say I get two 2215s and put one on each end of the tank??

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post #10 of 11 Old 10-11-2010, 10:23 AM
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I am running a new eheim 2217 on an 80 gallon tank and unless you are considering large cichlids then it would be plenty for 75 gallon tank on it's own.
For 120 gallon tank , I would run two of the 2217's which would still be cheaper than the larger pro series and would provide plenty of filtration.
Agree with powerheads if more circulatiuon is needed and I like the Koralia powerheads for their magnetic stick on abilty and adjustable flow direction.

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