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anybody try the eheim professionals? are they worth the enormous price? even the smaller ones cost more than the FX5.

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the eheim i bought has been sitting for about a year with a little water in the bottom, but it doesn't smell funky or have anything i can see growing in it. should i bleach it just to be safe or leave it alone. the fluval i bought last week had sat with water in it as well and had a little black mold in it so i bleached it and replaced the sponges. of course i dechlorinated when i was done.

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I've only used the "Classic" Ehiems....never saw the need to spend the extra. If you are worried double up the 2217 and still save money.

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i plan on using the 2217 and an AC 110. i think it will work out ok.

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that should be OK.

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Wow, I haven't been on here in a while! Anyways, iandraco to answer your question, I use an Eheim Professional 3 2080 and love it. I know the Professional 2s had a problem with leaking somewhere by the primer but the Professional 3s are a different design and I don't have any issue with leaks. My initial plan was to use the Pro 3 and a sump, but don't need to; the 2080 by itself has my tank crystal clear. I do have my sump ready to go in the event that my fish start to strain the filter though. As for the price, they are crazy, but if you look aroung CL long enough, you'll find the right deal as you've been doing. I got mine for $200 with all the media and extra pads. I ordered new eheim hoses to cut for my set up which was all of $20 on line.

How's your Moba doing btw? Mine are doing great, and getting big.


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thanks lika1. mobas are doing great. they are by far my favorite fish. bigger they get the more beautiful they are. they are still pretty shy but are getting better. finally got another 6 footer for them so hopefully they will have a big growth spurt once i get it set up. how big are yours now? mine are between 2.5 and 3".

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Mine are about the same size. I did lose one within the first month which was a bummer, but the rest of them are definitely thriving and the colors are still amazing on them. I did put them in my 180, and they come right up to the front when I walk up, almost like they're begging for food. I do have one that's really shy, and waits for the group to move before it comes all the way out. I'll post pics on an update thread soon. Glad to hear yours are doing good as well.

Back to your topic, I've used many canisters in the past but never used Eheim (due to cost) until recently and I couldn't be happier. If you decide to go the Professional route, be cautious with the Pro 2 models, maybe someone else can chime in and give better insight. As for the Pro 3, I can attest to that, "they're awesome!!"... if you find a deal on one, jump on it.


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"I did lose one within the first month which was a bummer, but the rest of them are definitely thriving and the colors are still amazing on them"

unfortunately i lost a couple. have no idea what happened. never found bodies either. that really sucked, but the 8 i have left are doing great. can't wait for them to get big. it's been a lot of fun watching them grow though. thanks again for the tip on where to get them. they are by far my favorite fish in my collection.

as for the eheim pros, i was just curious. saw the price and couldn't believe it. i'm not in the market for another filter but if a deal comes up i'm sure i will grab it anyway lol. still not sure weather i should bleach the 2217 i picked up. it sat with water in it for a year but i don't see any mold and it doesn't really smell funky at all. what do you guys think? should i bleach it just to be safe or just hook it up?

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