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dennis 04-20-2004 08:13 PM

Canister filter recomendation
Hey all. I am looking for a canister filter for my 10 gallon. I currently have a Penguin 125 on it and while it is a nice filter, I think a canister might be better. First, do many others use small canisters for 10 gallons and if so what kind? I have been looking at the FLuval 104 and the Eheim 2213. Also, when choosing a canister filter, the recomender flow rate of 4-5 times the capacity of hte tank per hour do not seem to apply, at least to the better filters. I realize that this should mean that they are more efficient but don't we also want a good flow rate for the boundry layer around the plants, nutrient dispersion and to prevent dead spots that could lead to algae "pockets"? I am not sure what to think.


Hanzo 04-20-2004 09:54 PM

Been running on Fluval for the last year and a half, and I'm really happy with it! There was a great offer on Eheim this week, so I bought one to see what all the fuzz was about. To tell the truth, I don't know if it was such a great deal really :? It looks OK, and I guess the filter is very effectiv. I have some doubths about how effectiv the Fluval design is on small particels, but after running it in a large bucked with much debris in it, it cleared the water up in just minutes so it can't be all bad. I'm getting a new 55G tank this weeken that I will use the Eheim filter on. Guess I know more after that's been running a few weeks. But if money is a issue, go for the Fluval :)

Sir_BlackhOle 04-21-2004 05:29 AM

I would recommend the eheim classic series cannisters. I currently have a 2217 on my 75 and it works great.

Pigheaddd 04-21-2004 05:43 AM

you can consider Zoomed 501. two of my friends use it in 10g tank. i'm using it in 5.5g. it works great. i suggest you can also use a mini power head such as Azoo one in 10g with 501. :lol:


gpodio 04-21-2004 05:53 AM

The smaller of the classic series of Eheims is a great little filter! It's also smaller than most of it's competitors, not to mention quieter.

Giancarlo Podio

Corigan 04-21-2004 08:48 AM

I run an eheim 2213 and a 2215 on my 55g (overkill), but the water is super clear. Most people run the 2213 on planted aquariums up to 30g or so. That 2213 would be super filtration for a 10g.


dennis 04-21-2004 01:13 PM

Well, thanks for the input everyone:) I just ordered the fluval 104. It has the same gph(actually 9 gph more) than the eheim 2213. I am sure that the eheim is better and I figure I will reget it soon enough but I figured the $20 difference would by all my ferts for a bit an a nicer gravel vac and a couple bulbs. It like that for now:) THanks for hte wonderful input. My next filter (for a 20 or 30 gallon) will be an eheim. Thanks again.

tuvok 02-04-2006 06:40 PM

Sorry to dredge this thread up but I am looking into what options exist for a canister filter for a 10g tank. dennis I was wondering if you could share your experiences now that you have had the fluval 104 for close to two years.

RTR 02-05-2006 08:57 AM

Unfortunately, Eheim discontinued their most suitable small-tank canister, the 2211, some years back. The 2213 can serve, but frequently needs some spraybar customization to control/direct/moderate current.

But asking about canisters in general is quite like asking about religion or politics - our emotions and personal beliefs get in the way.

dennis 02-05-2006 09:18 AM


The Fluval 104 worked well for my 10 gallon. It seemed to have the right amount of flow for the tank but it woudl have been powerful enough to use an inline reactor or heater if you wanted too.

The only flaw I have in the Fluval is the hoses. Fluval uses large diameter, stiff plastic hoses that are somewhat annoying to use. These hoses have a 5/8 ID meaning that the connections on the filter ar 5/8. To get around this annoying issue, I replaced the fluval hoses with standard vinyl tubing. I used a short piece attached tothe filter then a reducing 5/8"-1/2" plastic bard and ran 1/2 vinyl tubing to the aquarium itself.

Simple fix. Other than that the Fluvals are nice. Definately not as nice as Eheim, IMO, but good for smaller tanks.

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