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A challenge you face as an aquarium owner is consistently keeping the water clean and healthy for your fish. If you neglect that task, a film of protein will form on the water surface, blocking off vital light and fresh oxygen from reaching the fish. You'll end up with not just a dirty tank but also sick -- or worse, dead - pets and underwater plants.

But when you're a busy person, keeping your aquarium clean at all times takes a lot of work and eats a chunk of your time. Or does it? Not when you have the right tool like the Eheim Surface Extractor from Pet Store! It removes the stubborn layer of protein off the water surface, improving the flow of oxygen and light into the aquarium. All you need to do is install it in your tank and watch it take care of that unsightly (and unhealthy) film of oil floating on top of the water.

How does it work? Water in the tank enters the Eheim Surface Extractor through the floating intake that lies just below the surface. Then, the extractor's built-in strainer cleans the water. It's a great addition to your current filter system, and at less than $50, it's surely a bargain!

It skims off the protein layer which forms on the water surface, improving oxygen exchange.

For filters 2215, 2217, 2226, 2228, 2250, 2260, 2315, 2317, 2326 and 2328, a T-reducing piece is necessary, so that a bypass is created and two inlet lines are used. Additional tubing may also be required.

Filters 2215 and 2315 require EH4004950

Filters 2217, 2317, 2226, 2326, 2228 and 2328 require EH4005990

Filters 2250 and 2260 require EH4007990

Manufacturer Info

Eheim Aquarium Supplies
Eheim is one of the most well known and respected brands in the aquarium industry. Their reputation for producing high quality equipment at affordable prices goes back decades. The brand has a loyal following due in large part to Eheim’s reputation for producing reliable, efficient products. The company develops products that recreate the natural habitats of aquatic animals on a smaller scale. In our store you’ll find a variety of Eheim water pumps, filters, filter media, powerheads and feeding tools.
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Eheim Surface Extractor Reviews

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Works great!

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 11/22/2014 from SMITHFIELD, VA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I was having problems with scum building up on the surface of my planted tank depriving my fish of oxygen at night, tried everything, but still could not get rid of it. I purchased this to work with my Eheim 2215 canister filter and I am very pleased with this product. NOTE: You will need a TEE fitting with this unit if using an Eheim 2215 or stronger filter...i bought a nylon 1/2'' TEE from the hardware store cheaper than the Eheim TEE. The unit keeps the surface of my water crystal clear. I saw less expensive skimmers out there, but I thought I would spend more money once rather than spend less money multiple times. Eheim products are high quality in my opinion.

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Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory

Posted: 8/13/2013 from Pembroke Pines, FL UNITED STAT
0.5 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: I have another surface skimmer, I guess it is from Atman, 1000 times better than Eheim. The Eheim surface did not clean the surface of water, wast of money, and it is not comon and Eheim product not work but this I did not recomend.

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Poor Surface Skimming Ability

Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory

Posted: 6/30/2013 from Dorchester, MA UNITED STATES
1.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: While it is a well built product, it does not skim the surface of the water very well. There are other products on the market with a better ability to take a larger volume of water from the surface.

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As Advertised

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 10/19/2012 from CUMMING, GA UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Using with a 2217. Found a compatible reducing tee by using a PEX 3/4x3/4x1/2 adaptor at my local Lowe's. Removed the film on the top of the water on my 75 gal. in less than an hour. Simple adjustment to pause extraction during feeding time. Does add a very small gurgling sound to the almost silent operation of the 2217.

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 5/5/2012 from DAYTON, NJ UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Skimmer works very well with a eheim pump I had a skimmer from another brand had nothing but problems.

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 11/21/2011 from UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Got the Eheim surface extractor set up yesterday A.M. and the surface film is gone! The Ecco has quite a bit less suction than the Classic or other filters, but enough to get the job done. The extractor must really be something else with a more powerful filter. Good product.

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worth the work

Reviewers Rating Average

Posted: 2/9/2008 from SAGINAW, MI UNITED STATES
3.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: i'm useing it in my 125 gal freshwater tank , i have it hooked up to a eheim 2028 filter. i'm useing it with a tee junction so i have two intakes to my filter. i had to modify it twice. i had to take out the telscopic tube and replace it with a eheim inlet strainer tube that fit my filter tubing. than i had to drill three little holes in the intake tube to let a little more water in it faster because it was sucking in air without the extra holes in it. but now it working fine. and it is kepting the surface clear .

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For which Eheim filter?

Reviewers Rating Below Average

Posted: 1/20/2008 from CASSELBERRY, FL UNITED STATES
2.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I tried this product with my Eheim 2028 (Pro II) filter and it is not designed for it at all. I couldn't see how this would work with any Pro II or Pro III Eheim filters. The tubing is too small to connect on the intake side and the suction is too much to where you would need to make the T-connection they suggest with the other older, smaller filters. By doing that you then have two intakes in your tanks, the original and the skimmer; not what I would want. They do not mention how to use it with the newer model Eheims, so I don't think it is intended for them but they should mention that. It would probably work well with the newer models if they updated it to fit and handle the suction.

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Top and bottom...

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 10/21/2007 from FLUSHING, NY UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: No pumps needed!!! Connects straight to your canister filter. Not like a built in skimmer box. Skims your water surface like a "VACUUM" cleaner and also filters dirt from the bottom of your tank like a regular filtering device.

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Great Product!!!

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

5.0 5

Comments: This item is perfect for my planted tank. You can shut off the surface skimmer if you want and extract water from the bottom only or you can have both inlets running at the same time. I love it.

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