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Ashley_1988

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Hi,

In the near future I am going to be setting up a Dennerle Scaper's 55l and will is this for my Ancistrus Claro. I am planning on scaping the tank with wood, a few smooth river stones and easy to maintain plants such as anubis, java moss and maybe vallisineria.

I currently run two air powered sponge filters in my Nano Cube 60 but was looking at possibly buying a small external filter for the 55l. I do have an Eheim 2213 but I do not like how it doesn't have a self prime function. Would you suggest still using this or purchasing another type of external? I have looked at the APS 1000 ef which looks good for the price.
 
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Tinytom

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See my post about the APS unit, it’s noisy as hell. I also had one of their lights which filled up with water and blew the LEDs after one week of use, they refused to replace it
 

Zeus.

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I use a SCAPERS FLOW on my 50L Dennerle tank and its pretty quite and easy to maintain, it just hangs on the back, they do seem to be a little harder to get hold off as well so price seems to have increased a bit. Not as cheap as the APS 1000 EF but the scapers flow just hangs on the back and has a lily pipe output
 

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Hi all,
Welcome Ashley, I recognise your username, so I'll link in your <"PC thread">, as a lot of members here won't be members of PlanetCatfish as well.
do have an Eheim 2213 but I do not like how it doesn't have a self prime function. Would you suggest still using this or purchasing another type of external?
I'm an <"Eheim Classic"> fan and I actually see <"not having a self prime"> as definitely an advantage in a filter. It cuts out a source of leaks etc. I use the traditional "suck on the outlet hose to start filling the filter" method, but there are other options.

If you don't have <"Eheim double taps"> for the top and bottom hoses? They are worth purchasing, and mean that you need to actually drain the filter much less frequently. You could have a single tap on the outlet hose if you want to save a bit of money.

I'm really <"keen on a sponge filter on the intake"> for the same reason. If I was keeping fish that like flow and oxygenation, like your <"Ancistrus claro">, it is <"really important"> that <"bits of plant etc"> don't end up in the filter.

cheers Darrel
 

Ashley_1988

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If you don't have <"Eheim double taps"> for the top and bottom hoses? They are worth purchasing, and mean that you need to actually drain the filter much less frequently. You could have a single tap on the outlet hose if you want to save a bit of money.
I have double sets of taps on the filter as well. It has been unused in nearly 3 years so will need a good clean and filter media replacing but I think I may just go with this seeing as I have it and see how I go.

If I were to buy the shorter lid from ProShrimp do you know if the inlet/outlet would then fit in the gap provided by the shorter lid?
 

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