Eheim has been making these filters in china since early 2000 just an FYI... And I have seen people have these filters for like 6-10 years so if they all were this bad im sure people to this day wouldn't still be recommending them..
Im a tiny bit concerned as I just got a 2217 about 2 weeks ago for my 44g Pentagon tank.. But so far its been running perfect.. There aren't many options when it comes canisters..
You either have Marineland which we all know are terrible, or Fluval which all tend to have impeller problems loss of power over 6+ months even on there HOB
filters they have impeller issues.. Or you can chose from Aquatop/Sunsun/ and the other 10 brands which are actually the same filter just rebranded to confuse people.
There really are only about 4 different brands for canisters. All of the others are just rebranded filters built by the same company.
You know those National Geographic Filters and other National Geographic items in Petsmart ? Those are rebranded Eheim Products.. And as I stated the Sunsun/aquatop, and all the other weird names for the Aquatop filter.. Those are all rebrands of the same item...
ALL of these products are made in china.. including fluval
FYI get yourself some hose clamps and a slightly smaller diameter hose.. that will probably fix your leak