56 gallon column filtration feedback on plan request

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  1. Colorado

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    56 gallon column filtration question, help please

    Hi all,
    First thing is a loud "thank you" for all the wisdom I've absorbed through lurking. I am going from my little Eheim Aquastyle 10 gallon to a 56 gallon column tank I got on Craig's List. Huge change.

    I've read a lot of review of various canister filters and think I've decided just to go with an Eheim 2217. I'm a bit of gadget geek so the newer Eheims, Fluvals, Aquatop, etc are tempting, but the Eheim Classic seems a solid, dependable filter and well-suited to a beginner. (Something about the Fluval FX-5 makes me drool a little, but it seems way overkill).

    Any reason to go with something else? The Eheim seems a little overpowered (Aqadvisor.com says I'll have 200-something % filtration capacity, but it is a deep tank and I thought having a somewhat more powerful filter would help with circulation and cleanliness. Am I wrong about that--this will be a community tank with smallish fish (neons, endlers, RCS, small corys, etc) and I don't want to blow them away or spend needlessly on a larger filter.

    If I use some media bags, the Eheim seems like it will be easy enough to maintain.

    So, any suggestions or corrections. Thanks.

    Nathan (Colorado)
     
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    Welcome to fishlore! Former lurker here myself ;)

    I don't own any eheims so I can't speak to their ease of maintenance or use but from a flow rate perspective that filter seems a proper fit for the size tank you have. It turns over 264 gph, or just under the recommended 5x turnover for canisters, as long as its not a heavily stocked tank it should be fine imo. If you run into issues with too strong of a current you can always direct the outlet against the glass.

    I do own an aquatop cf400 I use on a 55g and I'm very satisfied with it, especially given the price.
     
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    Thanks for the answer. So if the tank will be heavily stocked--as I plan--I might need an even bigger filter? Thanks.
     
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