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Old 09-28-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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Is it worth it?

I am considering about getting a eheim 2217 in addition to my aquaclear 110 for my 55g tank. Since I intend to add african cichlids soon, I thought it might be a good idea.

So I found an eheim 2217 for $100. It is 8 months old and the person is selling it because the seal of the tank broke.

I was able to negotiate down to $80, and I was wondering if it is worth it. It is fully functional and but apparently it does not include the media. (How much is the filter media?) And would it be worth it?

I know that there is a brand new one on Big Al's for $130.

Also, the guy is selling his fluval 405 for the same price, so another question raised is, fluval 405 or eheim 2217?
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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I run a 2217 on my 37 African tank. Would be a good way to go.
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So do you think it is worth $80 without the filter media?
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:51 PM   #4
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So do you think it is worth $80 without the filter media?
If you can't get it for cheaper.
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Ok, so I just bought it for $80 today. Now my question is, what should the media consist of? I came across a website Eheim Classic Canister Cleaning Instructions where it claims that it should consist of EhfiSynth, EhfiSubstrat, EhfiFix and EhfiMech. Now I did some research and that came out to be quite expensive in regards to media. And if I buy those media in accordance to how much I need, it would have cost me more than a brand new eheim 2217 at bigal's for $130 which includes the starter media.

Do I really need everything there? Are there cheaper alternatives that is just as beneficial to the tank?

This eheim 2217 will be additional to my aquaclear 110 that is still running on my tank with a sponge and biomax media.


Also, the filter came with a black sponge which I am not sure matches the description of the above.
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Ok, so I just bought it for $80 today. Now my question is, what should the media consist of? I came across a website Eheim Classic Canister Cleaning Instructions where it claims that it should consist of EhfiSynth, EhfiSubstrat, EhfiFix and EhfiMech. Now I did some research and that came out to be quite expensive in regards to media. And if I buy those media in accordance to how much I need, it would have cost me more than a brand new eheim 2217 at bigal's for $130 which includes the starter media.

Do I really need everything there? Are there cheaper alternatives that is just as beneficial to the tank?

This eheim 2217 will be additional to my aquaclear 110 that is still running on my tank with a sponge and biomax media.

Also, the filter came with a black sponge which I am not sure matches the description of the above.
You can use poly-fill from walmart, ceramic bio-rings and blue bonded cut to fit filter pads available in a pet shop or on amazon. You can also get a filter media bag for carbon along with carbon almost anywhere, The black sponge may be okay to use as long as it's in good shape.
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I would grab some of the EfhiSubsrat, filter floss, and ceramic bio-rings, and use the sponge or get a new one
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How much of efhisubstrat and ceramic bio rings would I need? And what kind of ceramic bio rings should I get?
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How much of efhisubstrat and ceramic bio rings would I need? And what kind of ceramic bio rings should I get?
The Fluval bio rings are what I've always used (in Fluval, Eheim and Rena canisters). They work as well as any other, they don't break or crumble and they're a steal online.

One box will be plenty. I put them in a carbon media bag so they're always a cinch to take out and clean in old tank water. If you find you need more at any time you can always add more.
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The Fluval bio rings are what I've always used (in Fluval, Eheim and Rena canisters). They work as well as any other, they don't break or crumble and they're a steal online.

One box will be plenty. I put them in a carbon media bag so they're always a cinch to take out and clean in old tank water. If you find you need more at any time you can always add more.
Thanks , do you mean the 500g box? Also, where do you find a carbon media bag? Or how does it exactly look like?
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