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Canister Filter and Lily Pipes

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by sundragon, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. sundragon

    sundragon New Member

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    Hi, I'm in need of some expert advice :)

    I'm about to purchase a 57 gallon tank and I'd like to buy lilly pipes (or the ebay knockoffs).

    I have two filter choices an Eheim 2215 or a Fluval 305.

    1. Which one of these two do you recommend? I have found a cheap 2215 on CL and I'd like to get it.
    2. Will either of these work with the Lily glass pipes? I've heard that Fluvals require special hose fittings and I can't use generic vinyl hos
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  2. jpnew

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    i have the 305 with the vinyl hoses from Lowe's, the kind with the wire mesh in it for strength, and it has worked out well. get 17mm lily pipes and you'll be set. but honestly, if i could go back to when i purchased the filter, i would have gone with an ehiem, they are just better filters. plus you can just use the tubes that come with the ehiem, rather than having to swap em out
     
  3. sundragon

    sundragon New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback, the LFS recommended Fluval because the parts are easier to get. I've read the Eheim are very reliable.

    What about the Fluval don't you like?

     
  4. Shadow

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    It depend on your filter hose size. lily pipe come with different size. For 2215 you will need 13mm lily pipe.

    Personally I never try fluval, but I like Eheim. All my filters are Eheim, it is very reliable.
     
  5. lalmeida

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    Hi,
    I don't have any experience with fluval but I'm running a 2215 for 8 years and recently a Pro3 2075. They are both fantastic filters.
    lalmeida
     
  6. jpnew

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    i just don't like that i have to fiddle with replacing the hoses to do lily pipes, i bought a marineland c160 which came with vinyl hoses out of the box. the stock fluval hoses get clogged with junk a lot easier because of the ribbing. plus, with the way the tray system is set up in the fluval i get the feeling there is a lot of bypass.
     
  7. Edis

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    I'd go with the eheim. Not a fan of Fluvals. Had a chance to have both.
    Why to think how to change these not usual hoses?
     
  8. sundragon

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    Should I use 17mm Lily pipes for a 2217?
     
  9. jpnew

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    looks like you would need 17mm in, and 13mm out. but don't take my word for it, i'm just going off of the description on google shopper. someone with an actual filter would be better to ask. Eheim Filter 2217-37 Classic
     
  10. sundragon

    sundragon New Member

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    Thanks for the link, I may have missed something but but it goes to a general sale page on Google.

    I'm setting up a 57 gallon tank, Would the 2215 be enough or should I get the 2217?
     
  11. Jurijs mit JS

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    2217 (1000lph) + Coralia nano (1500lph)
     
  12. Shadow

    Shadow Moderator Staff Member

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    go for 2217 and you might want to add wavemaker as Juri sugested once your plant grow and start blocking the flow. You can choose to add additional filter instead of wavemaker but wavemaker installation is much simpler
     

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