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kmiceray 08-25-2011 11:20 PM

EHEIM ecco pro 2234 canister filter
 
After doing a bunch of reading I have narrowed the filter choices down to the EHEIM ecco pro 2234. This will be going on to a 50 gallon tank. Has anyone had any experience with this unit? I know EHEIM as a brand has been recomended to me and has reviewed well on other sites.

My other concern is accessory options? For instance if I wanted to buy a spray bar how would I know which one would work on this unit? Are their universal ones that work with any brand or model?
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If I decided to buy this I have seen it on thatpetplace.com. Never bought there and was wondering if anyone had issues with them?

Thanks,
Kyle

Quantum 08-26-2011 12:44 AM

I don't have this filter, but I happen to be looking to buy a new canister filter myself and looked at this one. From what I can tell, this model doesn't come with the spray bar. Eheim does sell one though; Installation Set 2'. Looks like the one for hose diameter 12/16 mm is the one to use for this filter, model #4004310.

I have bought from that pet place several times, no problems.

kmiceray 08-26-2011 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Quantum (Post 800266)
I don't have this filter, but I happen to be looking to buy a new canister filter myself and looked at this one. From what I can tell, this model doesn't come with the spray bar. Eheim does sell one though; Installation Set 2'. Looks like the one for hose diameter 12/16 mm is the one to use for this filter, model #4004310.

I have bought from that pet place several times, no problems.

Thanks, I went to their site and I found that unit there. Looks like you are correct on that being the spray bar for this unit. In a day or so I will probably end up getting this unit. Just waiting to see what other people have to say about it and reading on it a little more.

If you try to buy this unit I found that there are still the older units out there called EHEIM ecco 2234 and then there are the newer units EHEIM ecco PRO 2234. I cant tell much of a difference other the pro puts out a little less g/hr but the unit is extremely efficient by only using 5 watts. Other than that I can not tell the difference between the two units. Most places that sale this unit don't say PRO. So I guess they are selling out the older ones. Pet place was the only place that I saw that said Pro in the product description.

Byron 08-26-2011 12:19 PM

I can't comment on this model as I don't have it, my Eheims are around 15 years old and had fewer "bells and whistles" back then.:-)

But one suggestion I would make, and that is to get an Eheim with a built-in heating unit. I did this with the last canister I bought, and I have ever since regretted not doing it with the first two. My Pro II on the 90g with the heating unit has been running for 14 years non-stop. This tank remains at a uniform temperature throughout, and is the only one that does; all tanks with heaters have thermal layers, the substrate is noticeably cooler than the upper layer [heat rises, you can't avoid this, even with higher water flow]. But the 90g is uniform throughout because the water is heated in the filter before it enters the tank. Plus you don't have 2 (or more) heaters hanging in the tank. It is well worth the extra cost (and you save more than that by not having to buy good heaters).

Byron.

kmiceray 08-26-2011 12:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 800792)
I can't comment on this model as I don't have it, my Eheims are around 15 years old and had fewer "bells and whistles" back then.:-)

But one suggestion I would make, and that is to get an Eheim with a built-in heating unit. I did this with the last canister I bought, and I have ever since regretted not doing it with the first two. My Pro II on the 90g with the heating unit has been running for 14 years non-stop. This tank remains at a uniform temperature throughout, and is the only one that does; all tanks with heaters have thermal layers, the substrate is noticeably cooler than the upper layer [heat rises, you can't avoid this, even with higher water flow]. But the 90g is uniform throughout because the water is heated in the filter before it enters the tank. Plus you don't have 2 (or more) heaters hanging in the tank. It is well worth the extra cost (and you save more than that by not having to buy good heaters).

Byron.

That is a really great idea and suggestion. There is just one problem. I live in Houston, Tx and cold is hardly ever an issue down here hahah....heck we have had 24 days in a row with 100+ temp haha. But you living in Canada I bet your heater is going very often :-). Actually I wish they would build a miniature AC unit to run in the canister for me down here. I am having to run the AC way more just to keep my water in the tank at a decent temperature hahah. I've gotten me an Eheim inside tank heater so I do have something to keep the water warm during our 1 or 2 "cool" months.

Thanks again for the advice.

Byron 08-26-2011 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by kmiceray (Post 800859)
That is a really great idea and suggestion. There is just one problem. I live in Houston, Tx and cold is hardly ever an issue down here hahah....heck we have had 24 days in a row with 100+ temp haha. But you living in Canada I bet your heater is going very often :-). Actually I wish they would build a miniature AC unit to run in the canister for me down here. I am having to run the AC way more just to keep my water in the tank at a decent temperature hahah. I've gotten me an Eheim inside tank heater so I do have something to keep the water warm during our 1 or 2 "cool" months.

Thanks again for the advice.

True. In winter this is beneficial. In summer, as at present with temp in the fish room not getting much below 78F, the heaters are not on, except during the night if it cools. I have a portable AC in the fishroom too, or it would be over 90F. That end of the house gets direct sun from 11am to sundown.

kmiceray 08-26-2011 01:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 800907)
True. In winter this is beneficial. In summer, as at present with temp in the fish room not getting much below 78F, the heaters are not on, except during the night if it cools. I have a portable AC in the fishroom too, or it would be over 90F. That end of the house gets direct sun from 11am to sundown.

I need me two or three of those AC units you have haha. Oh the things we go through for this hobby but it is totally worth it :-).

kmiceray 09-05-2011 08:00 PM

I ended up buying this unit at a petsmart of all places and I absolutely love it. It is so very quiet and seems to clean my water very effectively. With the rotating output nozzle I was able to direct the flow of the water against the glass. My current levels in the water are know where I want them to be. Also, the non priming to get the water into the canister was super nice. Everything on the unit looks to be well made. Don't have any complaints at all with this unit so far.

MetalArm3 09-05-2011 09:00 PM

NO Spraybar
 
I recently purchased the Eheim Ecco 2232 and they are great. You cannot use a spraybar on the Ecco models as I gave looked into doing the same thing. The backpressure the spray creates will burn the motor up according to there customer service. But, I must say I am very pleased with the rotating outlet pipe ( having it running diagonally across the tank).

Congrats on the purchase,
MetalArm3

kmiceray 09-05-2011 09:31 PM

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Originally Posted by MetalArm3 (Post 814752)
I recently purchased the Eheim Ecco 2232 and they are great. You cannot use a spraybar on the Ecco models as I gave looked into doing the same thing. The backpressure the spray creates will burn the motor up according to there customer service. But, I must say I am very pleased with the rotating outlet pipe ( having it running diagonally across the tank).

Congrats on the purchase,
MetalArm3

Thanks for the heads up on the back pressure issue. Weird that they do sell spraybars but those might be for those classic models. Oh well....Im perfectly happy without it.


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