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help with eheim 2217

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i am setting up a 75 and i have my filtration. i have an ac 110 which is not a problem. *** been running ac for a while and theyre easy.

however, i have never used a canister before and the eheim is very confusing to me. the directions arent great either. can anyone out there give me some advice or just basic information on how to go about getting it started? i know this is kind of a large request, i just dont want to do something wrong and break it or kill the fish.

one big question is about the media. everything they included is in big ziploc bags in the filter. i was under the impression it was supposed to go into baskets that lowered down into the filter. where do i put all the media? just throw it in there? how do i get it out to rinse it?

anyone who can throw some knowledge my way, i would appreciate it. any big no -nos as far as what not to do? i know eventually i will figure the thing out, i just dont want to learn things the hard way if i dont have to.
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wow, that is EXTREMELY helpful. thank you very much.
one question... you say media bags. are these supposed to come with the filter? do i have to buy them seperately? i dont recall seeing them in the box.

wow, sounds complicated. am i being a baby or is it really complicated if you have never used a canister before?

will i pick it up as i go?

thank you very much for all the information, this is going to be very helpful as i work through getting started.
deeda, thank you for the help. thats above and beyond what i was expecting. im gonna play with it this afternoon and hopefully get a little more comfortable with the whole deal.
i picked up some filter media bags. they are only 4 by 12 inches in size but i got a bunch so no biggie. i am definetely gonna put the bio media (rocks/pebbles) in bags but do i need to put the mechanical rings media in bags or just throw it in? what do you do?
ok... im working with it. its starting to make sense. i have one more question. where and how do i connect the little dark green hard plastic elbow piece? is it a necessary piece or only if i need it? thank you and sorry to keep pestering. your guys help is making an unbelievable difference.
thanks, thats what i figured. just wanted to make sure.
any info on the hard plastic elbow piece? still confused about that.
it goes over the hose? i slid the hose over the elbow and the other side of the hose over the spraybar. btw, with the help you gave i am pretty much 100% familiar with the filter. i havnt started it up yet as i dont have the tank totally ready, but you all helped alot. thanks again.
yes, im pretty sure its good to go.

its all set up, ready to start going. i just gotta wash it out, put some old media/established filter water in, set up the tank and start cycling. i will have this thread open the whole time as a reference to make sure everything goes well.
everything is up, running and cycling. thank you all very much for the help.
i will post pictures of my new tank as soon as its ready and i learn how to post pictures. ha.
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