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Old 08-04-2014, 12:30 PM   #1
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New 29G Tank; Sell me on a filtering system

I'm looking at doing a canister setup on this new tank but I'm relatively new to the world of aquariums. A local fish store recommended an EHEIM unit. What should I be looking for? I am unfamiliar with canister systems, as I've been running a simple 10G with an over the edge unit for a few months.

I finally got a tank size I wanted for our little nook in our upper foyer and a stand that'd fit nicely. A hidden canister system in the stand is ideal for what I'm looking for.

Tank will be freshwater for now. Are any interchangeable between fresh and salt? I only ask for "future proofing" the tank.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:38 PM   #2
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Eheim are amazing but so expensive. Get a filter that has a gph rate of 4 -10 x your tank. And one that has trays so you can customize and change the media. I run sunsun and they work well

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:58 PM   #3
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An EHIEM 2211 would be fine for your tank. I have one on my 29 and it works great.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:53 PM   #4
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Canister Filtration

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A filter that hangs on the back of the tank will do the same job as a canister filter, for roughly a third the cost. Hagen has a good product, look at the AC50, about $35.00 However, if you have the money, then the EHEIM Classic would work for your tank. They're around $80.00 plus some shipping. The canister is more work to maintain though.

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a glass top and custom cut rear section for a canister system is too alluring and Id like to keep evaporation to a minimum.

EHEIM looks like a good option, and German made. You say they are expensive...arent the Fluval units pricier?
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Actually, Eheim are the best filters out there IMO, but fluval comes in a close second when it comes to canisters... If you are on a budget, you can buy pretty cheap canister filters known to some as sunsun, aquatop etc. the aquatop cf 400 & 500 are great I think they're about 400 gph and about 500 gph (keep in mind that will be reduced once all the media is inside) but they go anywhere from 40-110 bucks in ebay and amazon.


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im looking at this one here, though at up to 55G, its just less of double my tank size(29x2=58):

Eheim 2213 Classic Canister Filter - Up to 55 gal.

the next one up provides a bit more gph and is rated for up to more than 3 times my tank size:

Eheim 2215 Classic Canister Filter - Up to 93 gal.
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eheim is good but the only thing I would say bad about it is the difficulties when it comes to priming after regular maintenance
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Priming isn't hard, and you don't have to do it every time to clean the pads. Just close the shutoff valves before you turn it off.

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Priming isn't hard, and you don't have to do it every time to clean the pads. Just close the shutoff valves before you turn it off.

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which side? the output or the intake valve? I actually have tried both sides without luck
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