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Old 01-28-2012, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Will the Eheim 2217 be enough filtration for a 36x18x18 tank? Tank will have all slow growing plants anubias's, ferns, moss and will not be heavily planted. Not positive on all the inhabitants probably Ottos, Cory's, some shrimp and schooling fish. Let me know if more info is needed.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Tank holds about 48 gallons. I would like to only use one filter was hoping to run one 2217 and not 2 2215s. Thanks again in advance.
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Default Re: Eheim 2217 enough?

I run a 2028 on my 40 breeder (36x18x16). It has a flow rating of 277 gph and the 2217 has a flow rating of 264 gph. These are basically the same, but my 2028 has a 5/8" output and the 2217 has an 1/2" output. I have plenty of flow. My current flows in a counterclockwise direction. I am using Eheim's optional installation kits 1 and 2 which came with it. They are mounted on the left side. I added an extra section to the spray bar so that it would reach all the way across. This added several more holes for the water to flow out of. It still has good flow. Below is a picture of how I set it up. I have mine flowing through an UV and a Hydor heater. I also have it flowing through a pump for CO2 misting, but when I turn the pump off, there is hardly any difference in the flow. If you set your intake and spray bar like mine, you can install a tiny powerhead, like a Rio 50, on the back of the right side so that it is blowing towards the left side. This adds a little extra flow for cheap, but it is not really needed.

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Default Re: Eheim 2217 enough?

For what you describe (not heavily planted) it will be plenty flow to have 1 2217. You won't need more than that unless you start getting thick stands of plants that block flow or absorb energy and slow the flow in the tank.
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Thanks for the input!! I'm planning on using lily pipes do you think this will be alright for flow?
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Default Re: Eheim 2217 enough?

Yeah, lily pipes should give you better flow actually...make it easier to achieve the circulation that Niko tries to bring to our attention when he talks about filtration (with the input and output on the same side of the tank... ).
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It think that it should have good flow with Lily Pipes. The flow should be stronger than what is coming out of my spray bar and I have plenty of flow.
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Sweet!! Thanks guys, gonna put in the interwebs purchase tomorrow!! My tank doesn't arrive till the end of Feb-beginning of March pics/ journal to come. Thanks again for the help.
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LeftC is the input size the same as the output 1/2"?
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