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Registered: February 2008


Eheim Classic Line Canister Filters
Reviews Views Date of last review
17 9015 Tue January 15, 2013
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers $299.00 9.1


The Eheim classic line of canister filters is a line that has been around for many years. Originally denoted by 20xx numbers, as the new models came out they were designated 22xx. Currently available in the US are the 2213, 2215, 2217, 2250, and 2260. The design of these filters is very efficient, the water enters the canister through the bottom of the filter and is returned to the tank through the top. The pump is not extremely powerful on these filters and thus they do not have a high flowrate, however this lower flowrate is more than made up for by the surface area of the media. The Eheim Classic Line canister filter remains a great choice for hobbyists. If low flow is not what you like then these filters are not for you, however if you are not obsessed with high flow in your tank then these are a wonderful option.
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Registered: October 2006
Location: NEW JERSEY
Posts: 16937
Review Date: Tue October 23, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Positive aspects of the product (pros): Extremely quiet, Extremely well-made, Huge amount of biomedia, biomedia is ceramic noodles
Cons: Price, instructions aren't clear enough for a beginner user

I have owned a 2217 and two 2215's and these are by far and away the best canister. My 2217 is over ten years old and still was going strong until I took it out of service for the time being ( the whole tank because of lack of space for 55 gallon tank.) I have a 2215 running on my 20gallon long and once again it is working extremely well with crystal clear water. Ihave no complaints about any of the eheim filters except for the price, but you get what you pay for. The quality far exceeds the cost in the long run with these, however. One small thing to note though is that the printed instructions for set up of the entire classic line is very confusing for someone that is new to our hobby/new to canistwer filters. This is easily remedied by doing a quick search on youtube for how to set up your Eheim filter. There are lots of good informational videos about this topic as well as maintenance of said filter. Example (setting up)

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Registered: December 2012
Posts: 47
Review Date: Tue January 15, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Positive aspects of the product (pros): Price was great, easy install.
Cons: Lack of hose provided

Just setup this filter 24 hrs ago. It was super easy to setup. I have read people have an issue with priming, not the case here. Just fill the canister with water and turn on. Instantly started, it blew bulbs off an on for about 5 minutes until all the air got out of the media. My tank crystal clear the next morning. The motor it self is also very quiet. I had to walk over and put my hand on it to verify that it was actually running.

65 Gallon Tall 4' long Planted aquarium, Eheim 2217
Stock: 6 Roseline's, 6 Peppered Corys, 4 Oto's, 5 Giant Danios, 4 Rosey Barbs, 2 Ruby Rams-Male-Female, 1 F German Ram, 2 Dwarf Gourami, 2 Angle Fish, 3 shrimp.
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