Aquarium Filters & Water Quality: Eheim Pro 3 E Series Canister Filter
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Eheim Pro 3 E Series Canister Filter

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Eheim Pro 3E Canister Filter
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Electronic microprocessor-controlled canister filter by Eheim Aquatics
Built-in microprocessor monitors filter functions for optimum performance
"Intelligent" aquarium filter helps simplify routine filter maintenance

EheimProgrammable canister filter blends electronic technology for a healthy aquarium environment. Intelligent, new generation aquarium filter features a built-in microprocessor that monitors filter functions. Adjustable flow output allows greater control over water flow - maintain constant flow rate or program the filter to initiate the wavemaker. Multistage canister filter boasts large media basket for custom biological and chemical filtration (media not included for Eheim Pro 3E Models 2076 and 2078). Replacement Fine and Coarse prefilter pads and Activated Carbon Foam Pad for 2076 and 2078 sold separately. For fresh or saltwater aquariums.

Eheim Pro 3E 2076 has 3 media baskets while the 2078 has 4. Each media basket holds 2 liters of filter media. The 2076 requires 2 liters of Ehfimech and 4 liters of Ehfisubstrat Pro. The 2078 requires 2 liters of Ehfimech and 6 liters of Ehfisubstrat Pro. All units come with one blue and one white filter media pad.

Aquarium Size
Max Flow
Canister Volume
up to 105 gallons
435 gph
3.3 gallon
up to 185 gallons
490 gph
3.6 gallon

Adjustable Output Control - Increase or decrease flow rate at a touch of a button. Automatically maintains set output rate and adjusts for filter media blockage.
Bio-Stream Function - Electronically-controlled flow variation provides natural, constantly-changing water flow conditions in the aquarium.
12 Hour Bio-Function - Programmable feature automatically switches between 2 adjustable flow rates within a 12 hour cycle.
Service Indicator - Displays the remaining time until the next cleaning period.
Auto Air Out Function - Detects and automatically bleeds off air trapped under the Filter Head.
Electronic Error Management - Electronic monitoring system detects any irregularities and automatically attempts to rectify the cause.

Please click on "More Information" for quick installation guide.

More Info
Quick Installation Guide
  • Set the Locking Lever to "OFF" position and press the Adapter Bar until the Safety Adapter disengages.
  • Open the Locking Clips by pulling the lower edge of the clips.
  • Remove the Pump Head.
  • Remove all Filter Inserts (Filter Media Baskets).
  • Fill the lowest Filter Insert with Eheim Ehfimech (item #400984). Note: Do not overfill Filter Inserts.
  • Fill the middle Filter Inserts with Eheim Ehfisubstrat Pro (item #12876). Note: The number of Filter Inserts will vary depending on the particular model.
  • Rinse the filled Filter Inserts with water.
  • Re-insert the Filter Insert in the filter canister.
  • Place the White Filter Pad in the Top Filter Insert.
  • Place the Cover Grating on the White Filter Pad.
  • Insert the Pre-filter with the Blue Filter Pad.
  • Attach the Pump Head while observing the fitting position and close the Locking Clips.
  • Attach the Hose Accessories (Intake and Return System) to the aquarium. Note: Be sure to use original Eheim Hoses.
  • Cut the Hoses to length in accordance with the clearance between the filter and the aquarium and then attach to the Intake and Return system.
  • Secure ends of the Hoses onto the Safety Adapter.
  • Attach the Hose Locking fittings onto the Hoses.
  • Push the Safety Adapter into the Pump Head until it audibly latches.
  • Set the Locking Lever to "ON" position.
  • Make sure the Nozzle Pipe is suspended above the water surface.
  • Rapidly press the Priming Lever several times consecutively until the body of the canister filter automatically fills with water. Note: No water should be present in the Pre-filter.
  • Insert the Power Supply Unit into the Pump Head.
  • Plug in power cable.

Once power is supplied to the unit, it will start the automatic, self-bleeding process to release any trapped air. This may take several minutes. To accelerate the self-bleeding process, press the Priming Lever several times. The filter will then start the automatic self-calibration process.

Ratings & Reviews
Aquarium canister filters boost exceptional filtering capacity. However, did you know they are also extremely customizable? Learn how to customize your filter to remedy specific water quality concerns.
Whether you're setting up a larger aquarium or simply want to upgrade your existing filter, the versatile and reliable nature of a canister filter makes it a great choice. Use the following chart to determine which canister filter is right for you.
A canister filter is a sealed container filled with various filter media. The principle advantage of canister filters over power filters is their roomy media baskets which can be filled with a variety of filter media to create custom filtration.
Quiet, convenient canister filters are inconspicuously located under your aquarium. All the canister filters we offer are customizable, and can hold a large amount of media (mechanical, chemical, and biological) in varying combinations.
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