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Old 03-03-2007, 09:07 PM   #1
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Canister Filters

Does anyone use or know if the Rena filstar XP2 canister filter is worth using? I don't really have room for a full "wet-dry" system in the traditional sense and I was curious if a canister filter is an acceptable alternative. I currently have a 65gal reef that I am just now setting up and curing LR in. Any help would be appreciated.
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I don't know the filter very well but if you have enough LR and a HOB skimmer you will be fine. You will need a skimmer if you are going to have a reef with corals...
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I agree with Ziggy. The canister is not required. Skimmer and LR will do the job.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:13 AM   #4
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Thanks for your help and for the welcome. I do have a HOB skimmer with approx 75 lbs of LR as well as a HOB biowheel 400 filter.
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The HOB biowheel is probably going to create more problems then it will help solve. I would suggest not using it unless you need to run GAC for some reason and then just have it at the ready when that time comes.
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I also agree with LR and a skimmer. As far as the bio wheel I would remove the wheel and just use it to run GAC and extra water flow at the surface. Welcome to AA. We are glad you are here.
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Mechanical filtration generally is not good for reef setups. But, as the others have pointed out, it is always a good idea to have somewhere to run a chemical medium such as GAC or a PO4 reducer.
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Hi, I'm new to this site and I had the exact question as goldenboy. Right now I'm curing 70 lbs of fiji LR in a 55 gal new tank. I have a protein skimmer running full blast and a skilter filter with carbon and a polyfilter in it. So would this be ok to keep running? Thank you for your expertise!
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Like we said with Goldenboy, if you have enough LR and a skimmer you don't need additional filtration. Add about 20-30 pounds of LR to what you have and keep the skimmer going in your tank. Use the skilter with GAC only when you need it.
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Thanks! You have no idea how happy you have made me and my wallet! (and I'm sure my husband will be happy). The LFS told me I had to have some sort of a filter (wet/dry, sump) so I bought one....why do they do that? Now I have to take it back. Thanks for all of your advice!
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