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Eheim Classic Series

Model Number 2211 2213 2215 2217 2250 2260
Aquarium Size (L) <100 <200 <300 <600 <1000 <1500
Aquarium Size (G) <30 <55 <75 <160 <265 <400

Eheim - Classic Canister Filters


I have a Eheim 2215 and it has worked wonderfully for the last 2 1/2 years. I happen to be very lax in tank maintenance and honestly have not changed the medium yet. I know that's horrible but I work 7 days a week so I have no time. However, I have no problems in the tank whatsoever. Ammonia is almost non exsistant in the tank and nothing else is out of balance. And it's a very quiet filter. I would definitely recommend this filter to anyone. Though I would recommend taking better care of it :P. All in all, it's one hell of a filter and has served me better than any other filter I have had.

Contributed by a visitor

I've owned a 2213 for just over 10 years now, I've got to say that Eheim is the best filter I have! Even though it may be a little hassle to clean them and the dripping over the floor, it is quite worth it because I only have to clean my tank once every 3-4 months! I remember with those undergravel filters I had...once every 3 weeks to say the longest.

Contributed by Max

I have used the Eheim 2215 for years, and I would not use this design again. The canister head is connected with metal clips held in place with pins. The pins fall out, and the clips bend out of shape, resulting in the canister head popping open, draining the tank. This happened when I was away, and returned to find 200 litres of water spilling out of the lid onto the carpet! Priming is major pain. You have to make sure that there is no air in the canister (almost impossible), and in the process to get a tight seal the clips bend out of shape risking the “leaking tank at any moment” scenario.

Contributed by Michael Lomb

I finally got my Eheim 2217 last night around 5:30pm. It was up and running within 10 minutes. I have a Fluval 404 on my 125 and when I did a noise comparison...well it was no comparison at all. Unless my ear or my hand is touching the Eheim or I looked at the spray bar, I would never know it was running. Not to say my 404 is loud, but the Eheim is QUIET. If it is as easy to clean as it was to put together, well then it will be a snap.

Contributed by Chuck Norris

I have an Eheim 2217 and can say that although the canister is made from very high quality plastic, the design of this filter is poor. Cleaning is major hassle (much harder than my Fluval 204) and the canister simply cannot expel trapped air on its own (unlike the Fluval). Anyone thinking of the classic range I would advise to steer well clear. The 'professional' range may be better, but I am yet to experience them.

Contributed by a visitor

Just setup a 2215 classic on my 110 L tank and its been great so far. The only pain is having to prime it correctly so that it runs silent. It's a great addition to a Penguin 330 and Penguin powerhead with prefilter I already have on this tank. Two thumbs up so far.

Contributed by Maurice Alzate

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