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eheim 2215 Filter Review


Peterlock

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I've written a few reviews on eheim filters so I'll hold back on the gushing compliments and simply review the 2215 which arrived yesterday and is set up and running like a charm.

Every part from the motor to the intake tubes, spray bar right down to the suction cups are of unsurpassed quality.

The filter is running a 40 gallon close to my bed, and it's absolutely dead silent.

You can't go wrong with the 2215 (Model Classic 350) this time proven, efficient system holds a ton of filer media, which is included, two media separation grill plates, more than enough 1/2 inch tubing - and everything you need for easy set up right out of the box.

Some fast specs:

* Holds one gallon of filter media (included)

* 163 GPH

* 15 Watts

* Fine and coarse filter pads (included)

The design hasn't changed in 30 years - no reason to fix what isn't broken.

However, there are a few nice improvements:

* Safety check valves for both in put and out put - great for leak proof disconnects.

* Improved silicon head gasket - should out last the old rubber ones by decades.

* Rubber feet on the bottom = zero vibration even on hardwood floors.

The instructions are pretty vague, it's best to just follow the diagram. Those experienced with canister filters should have no problems whatsoever.

A few things to remember:

1) It's not pointed out in the manual, but you'll need to cut two 3-4" inches of tubing to attach the safety valves at both in take and out put.

2) There are some very good set up videos on Youtube -or you can always call eheim toll free - their support is terrific.

The 2215 can handle up to 92 gallons, but I like to at least double up, so this was the perfect choice for my 40 gallon.

Like all eheim filters, the media fits so well and tight and the water travels from bottom to top - so there's virtually no water bypass.

This means optimum filtration and excellent water quality on the return.

If this is your first eheim purchase or if you're like me and have a few eheim filters - the 2215 is a time proven best bet.

It's a filter that just won't meet your expectations but exceed them.

The only con with the classic line of filters is that they don't have a flow control. However if you feel the current is too strong just put a filter foam sleeve around the intake.

It's on sale at Amazon for $99, no tax and free shipping - at this price it's an absolute steal.

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Ha filtration. A subject very close to my heart and one that i have been researching for some time now. I will be publishing my findings in the UK section soon. I can't say enough good things about Eheim filters but some people believe that there are Eheim 'snobs' in the fishkeeping world. They believe that you can achieve just as good filtration with other canister brands. I disagree. Eheim build quality is still unmatched in the canister filter world. Eheim support is second to none and the fact the they can guarantee spare parts for any of their canister filters for up to 15 years even after a model is discontinued has to be a big influence on a person in the market for a new filter.

With reference to the 2215 i can tell you that it's actual output is 134 gph :)

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Ha filtration. A subject very close to my heart and one that i have been researching for some time now. I will be publishing my findings in the UK section soon. I can't say enough good things about Eheim filters but some people believe that there are Eheim 'snobs' in the fishkeeping world. They believe that you can achieve just as good filtration with other canister brands. I disagree. Eheim build quality is still unmatched in the canister filter world. Eheim support is second to none and the fact the they can guarantee spare parts for any of their canister filters for up to 15 years even after a model is discontinued has to be a big influence on a person in the market for a new filter.

With reference to the 2215 i can tell you that it's actual output is 134 gph :)

alistairw ,

Are you and I ever alike - I never tire of researching filters, media, substrate and it drives people crazy. For me, when I get a new filter I'm like an 11 year old at Christmas.

You're spot on about eheim from the build quality to the after sale support which is as you pointed out is never ending. Over the years eheim has sent me replacement parts at little or no cost whatsoever for small parts like gaskets.

Every other canister on the market is a sub par knock off of an eheim, in my opinion none of them come close. Yes, they're expensive but if you amortize the initial cost of the filter over the incredible amount of years they last - they're the best bang for your buck you'll ever find.

As for the eheim snobs, they're out there for sure. I think they only see the up front cost and don't consider the long run of years of superior filtration, effortless maintenance and reliability.

In short an eheim filters cost more money because they end up saving you more money.

About flow rates:

Many claims made about flow rates are inflated by many manufactures. I don't own a flow meter but a friend of mine in CA does and she's tested many filters.

As an example:

The flow rate on the Aquaclear 110 HOB is rated at 500 GPH - she's had readings of 150 GPH and that's without media.

No offense to Aquaclear, I have many of them and use them in QT and as supplementary filtration.

But the fact remains there is no third party or regulatory association that independently verifies flow rates. Manufacturers are free to make whatever claims the like.

Another plus about eheim in this regard is that their listed flow rates are tested with full media - and that's a rare exception. I don't question the integrity of their flow rates whatsoever.

BTW, thank's for pointing out the error in my review, I shouldn't write these before a pot of coffee - or twelve.

I tried to correct it in the review but there's no edit button... well you covered it, thank's again. So when is the baby due?

Edited by PeterD

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My first canister was an eheim. Like you mention about the directions, it took us a good hour to get the idea on how to install it! We finally were saved by YouTube. I have had the original ones, the Ecco line and the pro line. Sadly, I find them to be bad quality. Or atleast not have a relevant price-quality relation. One cracked, the other would always have issues restarting when we did water changes etc. After 2 years in the hobby they have all been replaced. My canisters of choice now are JBL. They are slightly cheaper but I always have to invest a little more in extra media. So it ends up about the same. These canisters are truly great quality. I have not had a problem with any. Some have been running almost 2 years now.

I am not sure if there is a difference between eheim USA and eheim EU. But mine really weren't made well. I also don't believe you get JBL in the US.

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My first canister was an eheim. Like you mention about the directions, it took us a good hour to get the idea on how to install it! We finally were saved by YouTube. I have had the original ones, the Ecco line and the pro line. Sadly, I find them to be bad quality. Or atleast not have a relevant price-quality relation. One cracked, the other would always have issues restarting when we did water changes etc. After 2 years in the hobby they have all been replaced. My canisters of choice now are JBL. They are slightly cheaper but I always have to invest a little more in extra media. So it ends up about the same. These canisters are truly great quality. I have not had a problem with any. Some have been running almost 2 years now. I am not sure if there is a difference between eheim USA and eheim EU. But mine really weren't made well. I also don't believe you get JBL in the US.

I don't know if the eheim filters have a different build quality for the UK they sell world wide so I would imagine it's the same.

We don't have JBL products here in the US but I just looked at their site, and a few youtube videos. They look like an excellent product and I'm glad you found something that you're pleased with.

To me, the bottom line is finding products that work well, are dependable and most important help keep our fish healthy and happy. You're right about the instructions with eheim they could indeed be clearer and more comprehensive. The higher end models definitely have better, more detailed instructions

When looking at the e701 GL I was impressed with the media volume and their new organic sintered glass media. I recall reading about sintered glass and the massive amounts of bacteria it holds. I'll have to shop around and see if we have something similar here.

BTW, your tank is just gorgeous, one of the most elegant and beautiful I've seen.

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I need a flow rate meter ! I have always doubted the claim that a HOB filter can actually process 500 gph. My eheim Pro 3 2080 only manages 318 gph with all media in place and when it's on full power it is like a fire hose. I can only ever run it on about 60% max in my tank otherwise the water starts resembling a washing machine. Heck even the monster FX5 only does 525 gph on full power with all media in place. I have looked at numerous videos on youtube at 500 gph HOB filters and i wonder how that steady trickle/flow is pushing out 500 gph. My large eheim on full power can clear the bottom of my tank of 1 inch deep gravel which is 2 feet under the filter nozzle.

Baby is due on the 19th of April although Julie might get induced on the 6th of April due to health concerns.

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I need a flow rate meter ! I have always doubted the claim that a HOB filter can actually process 500 gph. My eheim Pro 3 2080 only manages 318 gph with all media in place and when it's on full power it is like a fire hose. I can only ever run it on about 60% max in my tank otherwise the water starts resembling a washing machine. Heck even the monster FX5 only does 525 gph on full power with all media in place. I have looked at numerous videos on youtube at 500 gph HOB filters and i wonder how that steady trickle/flow is pushing out 500 gph. My large eheim on full power can clear the bottom of my tank of 1 inch deep gravel which is 2 feet under the filter nozzle. Baby is due on the 19th of April although Julie might get induced on the 6th of April due to health concerns.

I should get one too, not sure how accurate the inexpensive ones are, but I'm sure they give you an idea of what's being put out.

You know, I've always wondered that as well.

How that tiny pump on the Aquaclear 110 can out perform the giant canisters. I have the 2080 as well, a Pro3 1200 - which has a flow rate of 320 GPH and the pump is massive.

My Ultra G 60 which is great filter is 277 GPH, and again a monster sized pump head. You know how heavy and solid they are - so it just doesn't make that these tiny little pumps out perform the giants like the Fluval FX5.

It's grand larceny!

Like you, I run these big boys at about half, to keep the current from being too aggressive. But again because there's no regulation, manufacturers can make virtually any claims they like - and they do.

Not to mention, flow rate isn't the be and end all of good filtration. I would rather run a quality low gph filter with a huge capacity for media - over a high gph with limited media capacity.

I run a Fluval FX5, two eheim 1200 xl's and six 2080's in my 5 gallon tank for my Betta.

Odd ,I haven't seen him in a while.

Wow, the baby is right around the corner, sorry to hear of potential problems, my hope is you won't need to face them and no doubt will have a beautiful and healthy baby.

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You guys are hilarious! :rofl

Peter, I really enjoy reading your reviews. Keep them coming, please! :)

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You guys are hilarious! :roflPeter, I really enjoy reading your reviews. Keep them coming, please! :)

Thank's Alex I think you're the only one who reads them :)

I really am worried about my little Betta named Gil in his 5 gallon tank. So today I added a Turbo C 1700 external pump to drive four Maxi Jet Pro power heads - one for each corner.

His little tank looks like a scene from the movie "The Perfect Storm" but I still can't find my little Betta Gil. Maybe I should run some protein skimmers. :)

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You guys are hilarious! :roflPeter, I really enjoy reading your reviews. Keep them coming, please! :)

Thank's Alex I think you're the only one who reads them :)

Nope, I read them all :) I just don't comment much. ;)

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Decent review!

Very good entertainment ^

I think you may have swayed me towards an eheim for my next filter... :D

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