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Old 12-05-2013, 09:03 AM   #11
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Got the eihem 2217. It'll help if if get a bigger tank too. Currently have a 205 on another 180 litre that seems to be doing ok. Wanted extra filtration though because it's for cichlids.

Thanks guys.
Eheim classics are my fav filters of all time, my friend has a 10yr old 2213. They out live their owners, well maybe not quite ha but good choice on the 2217!
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Thanks. You lot helped me decide. How could I ignore all the recommendations. It's just that I am familiar with the fluval but now I get to play around with both.

Do you get media with it do you think? Or do you have to buy it all separate?

I imagine you just get a piece if sponge. It didn't say on amazon.

Can't believe my filter cost more than the tank! Haha!
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If its new it should come with sponges (however many) carbon and some floss.

Fleabay has bulk bio rings cheap. Depending on how long you're willing to wait you can buy a kilo from china for cheap as heck or pay alittle more for a seller in the uk.

I layer mine with two pockets of bio rings for 2213 or 3 for the 2217 split up by coarse blue sponges.
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If its new it should come with sponges (however many) carbon and some floss.

Fleabay has bulk bio rings cheap. Depending on how long you're willing to wait you can buy a kilo from china for cheap as heck or pay alittle more for a seller in the uk.

I layer mine with two pockets of bio rings for 2213 or 3 for the 2217 split up by coarse blue sponges.
Are you talking about the 2217? The 2213/15/17 in North America have been sold for years and years now complete with:

EHFIMECH Mechanical substrate
2 blue foam mechanical filter pads
EHFISUBSTRAT PRO Biological substrate
1 White water polishing pad
Hoses
2x quick disconnect valves

http://www.bigalspets.com/classic-ca...edia-2217.html
^ See package here.

The filter media it comes with looks like this



Except that the filter pads are blue.

The only media you ever have to replace are the blue pads and they last like 5-10 years before they start to fall apart.

You've made the right choice, Caliban07. You will enjoy your 2217 filter.
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