Setting up an AM 1000 reactor with an Eheim canister


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Jan 29, 2005
Getting 5/8 hose connected to the 1/2 barbs on the AM 1000 was not difficult. Cut 2 small pieces of 1/2 hose, each piece being the length of the barbed end, and place them on the reactor barbs. Trim off any excess with a razerblade so that the ends are flush. These 1/2 pieces become adapters and effectively increase the diameter of the reactor ends by a little over 1/8 inch. The reactor is now ready to accept your 5/8 hose. Wet the ends of the reactor and slide the 5/8 hose all the way over the ends. This connection is tight and adding hose clamps should hold everything together nicely.

Having easily overcome this problem, I thought I was in the clear. I was soon frustrated to find out that a lack of materials would end up not only keeping me from installing the reactor, but also leave me with an unusable filtration system because I was left with 2 halves of hose, both too short to return my system to it's previous condition.

I think I've learned a few lessons the hard way, so let me share...

1. I think I really need to use elbows to make this work. Trying to make long curving loops with my hoses ends up using too much hose. There isn't enough hose in my system to use the long loop method without causing it to kink.

2. Even if I could get it to unkink, there isn't enough hose to hang the reactor off the back of the tank and I don't have room or a mounting method to mount the reactor any other way.

Based on these lessons, here is what I plan to do...

1. Buy a lot of clear 5/8 hose and totally replace all the Eheim hose with this clear hose, allowing myself plenty of hose to do the job.

2. Buy 3 x 5/8 hose-locking elbows.

3. Use the above materials to do this:


As for the UV sterilizer, I really don't want to make my filtration system any more complicated than this, and I don't want to splice pumps into my line, so I will make a stand-alone UV Sterilzer that can be shared, transported or stored.

Any comments or suggestions?

P.S. While I have everything apart, I'm also going to try to make my own clear intake/outflow tubes aka AMANO Lily Pipes. Anyone know where to get the clear pipe?


Junior Poster
Jul 29, 2005
Northern California
Re: Setting up an AM 1000 reactor with an Eheim canister

Howdy, having had to deal with some odd tubing to do several marine tanks an invaluable source for unique sizes, including wall thickness's, is where I get most of my material. I would suggest getting their catalog as they have so many types of tubing, from food grade Tygon to cheap thinwall vinyls, it is tough finding what you need on their website. I will say this is not the cheapest source unless you have a tax id for business purposes and setup an account with them. If you are able to go into one of their stores you can get stuff at the willcall counter at pretty fair prices. And the last time I was there they had quite a bit of black colored tubing which I think alot of the planted tank folks would find valuable.


Tom Barr

Staff member
Jan 23, 2005
Re: Setting up an AM 1000 reactor with an Eheim canister

Greg Fiske sells lily pipe sets for about 70$. He's a local SFBAAPS member, they are hand made here in the USA though.

You can order ADA stuff from ADG.

With all the items, the CO2, the heater, the UV, I'd have 2 filters to run all that.

But I prefer a sump and I do not use heaters as a rule, nor UV's unless it's fairly cold.

Tom Barr