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If you use a spraybar a 2217 will probably be ok. It'll certainly be big enough. For comparison, I use a 2215 on a 46g with good results.
If he does, he could make the holes in the spraybar a little larger. I think left as is it would push way too much water. I have one on my 180 pushing from the left to right, it moves water almost 18" squirting out.

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He could also tone it down to the flow of a 2215 by doing one of two things. 1: Use it with a 2215 impeller or 2: Remove every other blade on the existing impeller. The two are interchangeable. The only difference it the one in the 2215 has 3 blades and the 2217 has 6.
 
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