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Old 11-22-2003, 02:53 PM   #11
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Rubixcube,
what do you use in your canister for media?
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Old 11-22-2003, 03:44 PM   #13
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Hey Gunnie - does your XP 3 have visible air at the top where the intake water comes in? Mine does and you can see some splashing right there at the top. It seems like there should be no sign of air inside the filter, but no matter what I have done there is always a bit of air. I have checked my hoses and fittings, and everything is as tight as I am able to make it. It might be normal, but I can't get a reply from the company, either by e-mail or by phone.
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Tank girl.. did you try this... the tighteners that you're supposed to pinch clamp on the ends of the tubes.. did you use your fingers? I took a monkey wrencg and use that.. I got like 4 to 5 extra clicks which means it is now a lot tighter. Also where you first prime it is that tightly on? I'll look at mine to if I think of any mre and post later on.
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I don't know right off, but I think I have seen a little bit of splashing near the top of the filter. It's really strange to me that you can't get a response. When I needed customer service, they were excellent.
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Old 11-22-2003, 06:04 PM   #16
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what do you use in your canister for media?
Right now im cycling the tank. Im using tray 1 and 2 active carbon. 3 and 4 bio-max. im going to be adding some purigen soon.
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Old 11-22-2003, 11:08 PM   #17
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Nobody asked me, but I don't use any carbon, unless I need to remove medication. I like to use the ceramic noodles, bioballs and floss, with sponges if they are handy.

Electrobes - I did use my fingers to tighten those clamps, so I will get a few more clicks with a wrench. I notice that those can slip off sideways, also, so they may not be the best fastener. It took a week and a half (no, I would not exaggerate in a MILLION years) to get the hoses on the fittings in the first place because they were so tight, so I might not have gotten the clamps as tight as is necessary.

Gunnie - I will try to contact them again, but I sent them an e-mail from the help section of their site, and I called them and left a message with their help desk, and did not hear anything. I am pretty sure all they will tell me is to make sure everything is tight, though, which really is the only way air can get in after all. It may not even be hurting anything, as the filter seems to perform well. I would definitely buy one again (probably will, at the rate my tank collection is growing). The XP2 would be nice for that 46-gal bow at Walmart. I saw a similar tank and stand at PetsMart today for almost twice the price.
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Nobody asked me, but I don't use any carbon, unless I need to remove medication. I like to use the ceramic noodles, bioballs and floss, with sponges if they are handy.

Bioballs in a canister filter? What purpose do they serve
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Anything with surface area will provide biofiltration, just like the noodles. The more the merrier! The filter can accommodate quite a bit of media.
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Oh yes, i know, what it was thinking was that the bio-balls work better in a wet/dry filter. Plus there is no light source in the canister (not sure if this makes a difference, but i think it does)
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