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Eheim Canister Filters offer advanced Aquarium filtration performance and convenience. Whether you’re starting out setting up your first larger aquarium or simply just want to upgrade your existing filter, the durable and reliable nature of an Eheim Canister Filter make them the best choice.

Aquarists all over the world will tell you that the Eheim Canister Filter product range offer something for the novice to the seasoned aquarium pro. To find the right Filter for your aquarium size you can have a look on my Eheim Canister Filter range overview.

In my opinion the Eheim Canister Filter range incorporates all the features you want most for your Aquarium Filter. They are basically silent, extremely durable, very compact, super easy to maintain and set-up, very low maintenance and highly efficient, the Eheim Aquarium Canister Filter range will exceed your filtration expectations, whether they are mechanical, chemical or biological nature.

The most popular Eheim products are the Eheim ecco, Eheim pro ii and the Eheim Classic Canister Filters. The latest product of the Eheim Canister Filter range is the Eheim Professional 3. This top of the range model offers integrated automatic self priming for quick filling of the Canister, Safety hose adaptors with easy to use locking mechanism, significantly increased maintenance intervals of the biomedia, very quiet and smooth running and all the other features Eheim Filters are famous for.

What is an External Aquarium Filter?

In a fish tank the filter is its life. Without filtration the water will turn stale and the life rock, plants or fish will die. Aquarium Filters keep the water clean enabling the fish and plants to survive.

One ebook that I found helpful was “Ultimate Secrets to Saltwater Aquarium Fish and Invertebrates”, while this course was not perfect I did find it helpful and learned some great tips that have helped me with my aquarium filtration and set-up.

>> Ultimate Secrets to Saltwater Aquarium Fish and Invertebrates

The external aquarium filter design has the benefit that it can be stored under your water tank in the stand is not only saving you space inside the aquarium but it also reduces the visual clutter that can distract from the beauty of your aquarium.

The Eheim Canister Filter is basically a sealed container filled with three layers of filtration media: mechanical, chemical and biological filter media. Aquarium water flows into the canister and is pumped through the media and then introduced back into the aquarium tank. Like this only the intake hose and return line are visible within the aquarium.

Finding the right Filter for your aquarium

As a rule of thumb for your aquarium filtration you could say that the filter should be able to run all the water in the tank at least 4 times through the filter per hour. As an example you have a 50 gallon/190liter tank, you should have a filter that can handle at least 200 gallon/800 liter per hour. In a borderline situation it is always better to take the next bigger filter than the smaller one.

I recently realized I’ve never done a formal review for my Eheim 2213. I’ve had the filter for almost a year now and feel like I’ve gotten to know all of its quirks. The Eheim 2213 is the smallest of the Classic canister filter line made by Eheim, and although they claim it can handle aquariums up to 66 gallons, it wasn’t enough for my 29 gallon aquarium.

First, I’ll start out with the facts. The 2213 pumps up to 116gph and has complete three stage filtration. It comes with all the filter media including EHFIMECH mechanical filtration media, EHFISUBSTRAT PRO biological media, and coarse, fine, and carbon pads. It also comes with all tubing and, the best feature, double disconnect valves. These valves work great and make up for the fact that the Eheim 2213 has no auto-start feature (more on this later). Everything is high quality and you can tell a lot of thought and design went into each piece, which is typical Eheim style.

Setting up the filter is fairly easy, although the instruction manual is not very helpful. Pictures and intuition are paramount and whatever you do, don’t cut the tubing before you’re absolutely sure it’ll reach where you want it to go! The Eheim 2213 is different from the larger 2217 in that inside the canister it has a media basket. All the media is placed inside instead of just being dumped into the canister in layers. However, the benefits of this are few and far between and I think the designers should have put some more thought into the way the top of the basket twists on. When you go to clean the filter out, trying to twist on or off a slippery, dirty, slimy piece of plastic with absolutely no leverage besides a flimsy handle to lift the basket out is not easy.
Once you get all the media set up the hardest part is actually starting the filter for the first time. Since there is no auto-start feature, you’re forced to find a way to create a siphon (usually by sucking on the end of the tube, which is never pleasant). The good news is, once you fill it up, you never have to do it again. Just remember to shut the double valves before you shut off the filter and the tubes will stay filled. That way, you just plug it in, start it up, and open up the valves and you’re ready to go again.

In terms of effectiveness, it is extremely efficient (only 8W, compared to the 2217′s 20W or 30W+ for those cheaper canister filters). The flow is very low, but this is apparently why it is so efficient, both in terms of power and removing nitrates and ammonia from the water. Longer contact time with the media means more wastes are absorbed by the bacteria. However, in terms of mechanical effectiveness, the flow rate doesn’t really work. I had it on a 29 gallon planted aquarium with a heavy fish load and it couldn’t keep up. Debris and mulm started to accumulate on the bottom of my tank. I’m guessing that with a non-planted tank and with a regular fish load, it may be able to handle a 66 gallon tank. But in terms of usage on a planted tank, I’d say the maximum effective capacity is 30 gallons. It works great on my 20 gallon tank now, and an Eheim 2217 does the job perfectly on the 29 gallon aquarium.

Overall, the Eheim 2213 is a great little filter. Aside from being a bit underpowered for medium or larger planted tanks, its design is top notch. And luckily, Eheim offers a full range of (more powerful) classic line canister filters that larger planted aquarium enthusiasts can choose from.

When setting up a new aquarium, the filter is the most important component of the system. Different types of filters serve different purposes under gravel and hang on the back filters are good for smaller tanks, while canister filters are good for larger tanks. If the fish tank is over 70 gallons in size, a canister filter is recommended. The Eheim Professional Wet/Dry Canister Filter is a great filter for the price for aquariums ranging in size from 70 gallons to 129 gallons.

The filter of an aquarium is in charge of removing all the harmful chemicals from a fish tank to ensure the safety of the fish. Think about this, when a fish uses the bathroom, the waste just stays inside. All the chemicals the fish was just trying to rid his body of are now floating all around him. That is pretty disgusting. This is where the filter comes into play as it will make the water cleaner which will in turn make your fish happier.

The different types of filters include hang on the back, under gravel, and canister. The hang on the back filter is the most common type of filter. It is sold as part of complete aquarium kits that are sold at the super stores. The hang on the back filter does a pretty good job of cleaning the water in a small confined space. The water intake is right next to the clean water output. Under gravel filters can cover a greater area, however the amount of carbon that the water passes over is limited. Carbon is the active component in cleaning the water. The canister filter contains a large surface area of carbon, as well as a great distance between dirty water in take and clean water output.

The Realm of Eheim Canister Filters

When setting up a new aquarium, the filter is the most important component of the system. Different types of filters serve different purposes under gravel and hang on the back filters are good for smaller tanks, while canister filters are good for larger tanks. If the fish tank is over 70 gallons in size, a canister filter is recommended. The Eheim Professional Wet/Dry Canister Filter is a great filter for the price for aquariums ranging in size from 70 gallons to 129 gallons.

The filter of an aquarium is in charge of removing all the harmful chemicals from a fish tank to ensure the safety of the fish. Think about this, when a fish uses the bathroom, the waste just stays inside. All the chemicals the fish was just trying to rid his body of are now floating all around him. That is pretty disgusting. This is where the filter comes into play as it will make the water cleaner which will in turn make your fish happier.

The different types of filters include hang on the back, under gravel, and canister. The hang on the back filter is the most common type of filter. It is sold as part of complete aquarium kits that are sold at the super stores. The hang on the back filter does a pretty good job of cleaning the water in a small confined space. The water intake is right next to the clean water output. Under gravel filters can cover a greater area, however the amount of carbon that the water passes over is limited. Carbon is the active component in cleaning the water. The canister filter contains a large surface area of carbon, as well as a great distance between dirty water in take and clean water output.

In the realm of canister filters, the Eheim Professional Wet/Dry Canister Flter provides the most bang for the buck. Costing just under $250, the Eheim is affordable for anyone starting a fairly large aquarium. The quality of the parts is great, and everything needed to get up and running is included in the box.

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  1. Consignment on said:

    I was looking for this the other day. i dont usually post in forums but i wanted to say thank you!

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