03-14-2005, 12:38 AM
Join Date: Feb 2005
That would certainly work and is a very creative idea, but it will probably clog quickly and you'll have to keep cleaning it. Here are a couple more ideas. You could turn the intake tube backwards, so that the short end sticks into the water and the long end down the back. The plastic prefilter will fit the short end as well, then wrap the fine mesh around the prefilter with the rubberband. You get more surface area for the fine mesh and will clog less frequently.
Alternatively, you could try to fit a sponge filter to the tip of your intake (ouch!
), this way you get a lot more surface area and your fry won't go through it either. You could also cut the long end of the tube if you want without affecting its operation. I've cut the return on mine and reattached it with a piece of flexible tubing so that I can pivot the outlet and change the direction of the flow. Also, get the double-disconnect valves for both lines, it makes maintenance so much easier.
However you decide, you will have many years of service from this Eheim "classic." I've had my 2217 running continuously for 15 years without replacing a single part! Friendships, like Eheims are enduring. Maybe your friend was telling you something. Oooh, a light bulb just went off; can you say Hallmark?
Last edited by GillMan; 03-14-2005 at 12:42 AM..