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Old 10-05-2003, 12:51 PM   #1
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?Best Canister filter suggestion for situation?

Well I have been on a bigger tank hunt since ever, while my poor Oscars (two 4-5 inch) and a newly added pleco I had to get out of my 29 gallon at home (I go to college in UF, where I ahve my 45 gallon tall). There have been many great deals but of course they ahve all failed because the people who like posting ads unfortunately do not like calling back or even recieving their calls. My current tank, the 45 gallon tall only has a huge power filter on it, and a Tetra tec 150, bagged with porous rock, and the whisper carbon. I am thinking of just getting an XP3 by Filstar, so when I do get my 100 plus tank I can add the canister filter to it and be done with this mess and have a complete set up. So basically I wold have the XP3 on my 45 Gallon Tall until I found a tank for these guys... what do you all think of this idea?
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Old 10-05-2003, 02:31 PM   #2
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Xp3 would be fine for that tank. I prefer biowheels for biological filtering but thats a personal preference. I've heard good things about that filter for the price.
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Old 10-05-2003, 02:35 PM   #3
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well I was thining about gettign the bio-wheel attachment with it.. considering I have pretty much given up on the idea of gettigna wet/dry because its taking too long to find a tank or build one and these poor guys honestly need better filtration in their tank - What I am wondering is that if I were to get a 100-125 gallon tank.. would the filtration be good enough for these three fish and only three fish, I do not plan on adding anymore to the tank
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Oh yeah where's the cheapest I can get the XP3?
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Old 10-05-2003, 03:01 PM   #5
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Big als or fosters and smith .com
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I have 2 oscars, 2 jack dempseys, & 1 large pleco in a 100 gal. tank right now. I have an XP2 and an XP3 running along with a sponge filter rated for a 75 gal. tank. My tank is crystal clear, but I don't think I could reduce my filtration in that tank. My pleco is the messiest fish in the tank. He's about 8 inches long. However, I am very happy with my filstars performance. I got both of mine on ebay in new condition. My XP3 cost me $90.00 including shipping. I highly recommend them.
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Old 10-05-2003, 05:08 PM   #7
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where did you get it at
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Old 10-05-2003, 05:18 PM   #8
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I am a bit confused about buying an XP3 from either fostersand smith or Big al... there is a pretty significant price difference.. and I am not sure if I need only the XP3 and/or other accesories... can someone elaborate as to what I really need? thanks!
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fosters probably just doesn't sell too many of the xp3, so their price is high

look at the eheim 2217 when you're at big als btw
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Old 10-05-2003, 05:53 PM   #10
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which one would be better for my situation? I mean I guess I don't really need a super canister filter because once I do get my 125G tank, I will be adding a wet/dry along with the canister filter. I guess I want the best canister filter that will be great for a 45 gallon... and nice to combine it with a wet/dry filter for when I get a 125G tank - Thanks!
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