How to Use Eheim Filters

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Eheim filters contain pumps that circulate the water in your fish tank to keep the water from standing and developing algae. Depending on the type of Eheim filter you have, the filter is placed inside or on the exterior of the fish tank and runs constantly once installed.

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Instructions

    Internal Filters

  1. 1

    Assemble the filter components according to the directions contained in the package. Each Eheim filter comes with a standard set of instructions that visually shows you how to combine the filter pieces. If you do not have the instructions for installing your filter, download the manual from the Eheim website (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Connect the air pipe to the hole on the front of the assembled filter unit. Make sure the air pipe is angled up toward the top of the filter.

  3. 3

    Pull up on the arm of the bracket with the screw on it, so that it slides out of the main body of the bracket and makes an "L" shape. On the side of the bracket where the arm now sticks out, insert the provided screw into the screw hole at the bottom of the bracket.

  4. 4

    Screw the bracket onto the back of the assembled filter, using the provided screws. Lower the entire unit into the tank so that the arm of the bracket catches on the side of the tank.

  5. 5

    Make sure the air pipe sits above the water in the tank. Plug the unit into an electrical socket.

    External Filters

  1. 1

    Assemble the main body of the filter tank by following the included directions. If you do not have the instructions for your Eheim filter, download the manual from the Eheim website (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Set the external filter close enough to the tank so the attached air pipes can reach into the tank. Attach the first air pipe to the air hole on the bottom of the main filter. Slide the pipe down inside the tank so that the opening of the air pipe is aimed toward the bottom of the tank.

  3. 3

    Attach the second air pipe to the air hole on the top of the Eheim tank. Place the pipe inside the tank so that it sits above the water's surface.

  4. 4

    Plug the Eheim filter into an electrical socket. The filter automatically pumps air into the tank.

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