Canister filter input and output positioning?

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Skysong87, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Skysong87Valued MemberMember

    I have a fluval fx5 and an eheim classic 2217 for a 5ft tank and I'm just wondering what would be the best positioning for the input and output tubes inside the tank? Should I have the 2 inputs in the very far left back corner and the 2 outputs in the very far right corner? Or 1 input and 1 output in one corner and same in the other? Or should I have all of them spread out a little more?

    Sorry for the weird questions but these are my first canisters and I was just wondering the best way to set them up!
  2. JoannaBWell Known MemberMember

    I actually asked the same question when I got my canister filter! Someone here on fishlore in response provided me a link to a scientific research paper written by some Germans. To my surprise the conclusion was that the best solution would be to put the input and output right next to eachother in the same corner.

    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
  3. Orion5Well Known MemberMember

    Joanna-- awesome article. Thanks for posting it! :)
  4. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    That was me :)

    For a two canister system I've found it best to have one on each side of the tank so that they push the water towards each other, making a circular flow.
  5. JoannaBWell Known MemberMember

    Ah, that makes sense that it was you, Jaysee the canister filter expert. :)
  6. Skysong87Valued MemberMember

    Thanks guys! It took me over 2 hours to move the fx5 and setup the new 2213 but it is now all done with one in one corner and one in the other corner :)

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