Hey, just curious how you hook the hydor heater up to the 2217 return line, I ran into the issue of Eheims metric hoses vs. the hydor standard hose sizes. do you have any tips or pics of how you set that up by chance?I've got both and would choose the Eheim. I even put a 1/8" piece of sorbothane under the pump and its super silent, just like my 2217. hell, even without it I still had to put my head inside the cabinet to hear it barely hum. Its a big pump on top.
Holds a ton of whatever media you want (just fill a couple large media bags and throw em in there). literally a 5 gallon bucket with a pump on the top. I run my 2262s with a 300w Hydor in-line and a single 5/8" loc-line output on my 150 (48x30x24) and 180, its definitely not too much flow at all.
I like the bottom up design better as well. pump stays protected from sand and debris.
I'm not a big fan of all the Eheim intake/output setup either, so I drill the backs of my tanks for the canisters.
Either filter will work well for your setup,