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    Priming my Eheim 2215 canister filter

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    I've got an Eheim 2215 for my 4ft tank. It doesn't seem to be able suck the water in the tank and I've already filled the filter to the brim.

    My inlet is a U-shaped bar and the water always gets stuck in one of the arms and is unable to travel to the other side.

    Anyone got any ideas or know how to deal with this?

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    Hi Ben,

    Make sure pump is off and water inlet is in tank and submerged.
    Prepare empty bucket, take the outlet and er... suck on it.

    Quickly put the outlet into bucket. Once the 'siphon' starts, cover outlet with thumb or lock one of the taps. Place outlet into tank. Release tap if you locked it and you can switch on the filter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanChung View Post
    Hi Ben,

    Make sure pump is off and water inlet is in tank and submerged.
    Prepare empty bucket, take the outlet and er... suck on it.

    Quickly put the outlet into bucket. Once the 'siphon' starts, cover outlet with thumb or lock one of the taps. Place outlet into tank. Release tap if you locked it and you can switch on the filter.
    alternatively you can use a water change pump to suck out the water. It's relatively easy. Once you see the water is flowing out, ON your canister will do. It is very simple.

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    Just to add that never fill your canister with water after cleaning it. Makes priming easier if you forgot to lock the incoming tap. Standby bucket to bleed the first litre of gunk that comes out before retuning the inlet into the tank.
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    I use a small submersible pump of around 1000 l/h to push water through it to prime it. No need to suck!
    There can only be ONE

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    Am I the only one who sucks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanChung View Post
    Am I the only one who sucks?
    Nope. I sucked once

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    I'm using those $2 sucker from neighborhood shop. The one that made from plastic, usually either in red or blue.
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    If you are using the quick-release taps, can also use gravity to prime the filter pump.
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    I tried using a pump and end up messing the tank, I find removing the hose from the filter (return water) and suck is better.Keep the hose ready at the filter connector , ready to plug in once water is filled up (you can hear it). Start the filter, the water will have no problem of flowing and no long wait.

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    Thanks a lot ...managed to try to work it by shaking the water up the U-tube and down the other side... a lot of shaking involved...

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    Just need to remember the inlet tube must be filled with water for the siphon to start. How you do it is your choice! shake/pump/suck.
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    Well that's true... To each his own...
    I simply hate to use sucking.. Trick to using pump.. well u need some sort of hose to connect it to your filter hose.. that way no mess.
    There can only be ONE

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    Once upon a time I used a gravel vacuum like one of these.
    http://www.aquariumsupplycompany.com...96/3518589.htm
    Connect it to the filter outlet and use the handpump to start the siphon action.
    Depending on model you may have to remove hoses supplied or just the cup attachment.
    You can if you dare to fail - Stan Chung

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    that a good product.. may i ask where did you get it? intend to get one..

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    I got the made in Taiwan version. Works fine, just don't suck in leaves. You'll need to pick it out from the valve with a pair of pincettes.
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    Just fill the canister with water just start it. Then tilt it to it's side. You will see a lot bubbles being pushed out and also sucked in. Then slowly return it upright a little at a time.

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    Wonder if anyone has tried this. I turn on my CO2 to full blast, such that it turns the fan in my external reactor, which in turns "sucks" the water out from the filter. This method loses some CO2, but is quite effortless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanChung View Post
    Once upon a time I used a gravel vacuum like one of these.
    http://www.aquariumsupplycompany.com...96/3518589.htm
    Connect it to the filter outlet and use the handpump to start the siphon action.
    Depending on model you may have to remove hoses supplied or just the cup attachment.
    Stan

    If the filter outlet is attached to the rain bar, how do you use the gravel vacuum to suck the outlet?
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    That should be easy. Remove the rainbar.
    You can if you dare to fail - Stan Chung

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