56 gallon column filtration feedback on plan request

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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 EheI'm 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 EheI'm 2217. I'm a bit of gadget geek so the newer Eheims, Fluvals, Aquatop, etc are tempting, but the EheI'm 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 EheI'm seems a little overpowered (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 EheI'm 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 55 gallon 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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