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Old 11-30-2005, 03:33 PM   #1
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Canister filter

I've got an Eheim canister filter for my new 70g FW tank...

Does this have to be placed a certain distance under the tank?

Can it just be sat at the side of the tank, or can the bottom of the filter even be a couple of inches higher than the bottom of the tank? I'm really limited for space...
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Old 11-30-2005, 04:56 PM   #2
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Im pretty sure all canister filters need to be plaved about 20 inches under. I think the top of the canister has to be 20 inces below the top of the water. I burnt out a Jebo canister becuase I didnt know it had to be below water level.
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Old 11-30-2005, 05:10 PM   #3
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I didn't know that! What happens to them if they're too high then?
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Old 11-30-2005, 05:11 PM   #4
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I ran a fluval above the tank for over a year. The lower the canister, the less waterflow.
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It does say in the Eheim manual it should be x inches below the tank, but I'm just trying to figure out if it will actually make a difference or damage anything if it's at the side of the tank?
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ehiems are expensive arnt they? I wouldnt want to risk breaking it
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Yeah...I just seriously don't have room for it (I used it on my old SW tank) to be under the tank, and don't want an undergravel, internal or HOB filter.
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Old 11-30-2005, 09:40 PM   #8
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pretty sure if they aren't placed at recommended height you run the risk of burning out the moter/impeller. The pump is only designed to puch the water back up to the tank not draw it out, gravity takes care of that.
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