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Old 10-19-2012, 02:08 PM   #11
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Have you tried an XP3 canister yet Con? Not expensive, reliable and very durable real easy to clean. I've had mine for years and I haven't had any issues and still with original parts. I'm using the XP3 and AC-110 in my 75g and they both work wonders.
I was actually looking at that. But I haven't tried it. I may give it a chance.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:43 PM   #12
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Have you tried an XP3 canister yet Con? Not expensive, reliable and very durable real easy to clean. I've had mine for years and I haven't had any issues and still with original parts. I'm using the XP3 and AC-110 in my 75g and they both work wonders.
I love Rena XP filters and hated my Fluval. I know the Fluvals have been improved over the years but it was such a pain to keep going on my 55 planted tank. Cleaning the XP is night and day from my old Fluval. I even have the output split so one goes through my co2 reactor and the other goes through an inline heater. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:45 PM   #13
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Thanks for the input.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:53 PM   #14
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Look at cascade canisters too. I had 2 on my 125 before I sold it. Used them for 2-3 years and haven't had one issue.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:58 PM   #15
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Look at cascade canisters too. I had 2 on my 125 before I sold it. Used them for 2-3 years and haven't had one issue.
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Have you tried an XP3 canister yet Con? Not expensive, reliable and very durable real easy to clean. I've had mine for years and I haven't had any issues and still with original parts. I'm using the XP3 and AC-110 in my 75g and they both work wonders.
Have had mine on my 54g bowfront for a year and a half it's really nice easy to clean and reliable!
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:45 PM   #17
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I have a question and didn't feel like starting another thread.

Do you REALLY need the ceramic bio media etc or are the sponges enough? I'm just kinda brain storming about a new canister since I'm really not pleased with the one I have. I'm leaning towards the XP3

Can I just use the sponges? In the Fluval I only have one rack with bio media everything else is empty and of course I have the stock sponges.

Your thoughts?
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IMO no you dont really need to. I used to fill my cans with pillow stuffing from walmart. No sponges or ceramic.
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I have a question and didn't feel like starting another thread.

Do you REALLY need the ceramic bio media etc or are the sponges enough? I'm just kinda brain storming about a new canister since I'm really not pleased with the one I have. I'm leaning towards the XP3

Can I just use the sponges? In the Fluval I only have one rack with bio media everything else is empty and of course I have the stock sponges.

Your thoughts?
Although you absolutely don't I do have to admit the rings provide a lot of surface area for BB so I'd say some are worth keeping. I had to ditch two of my sponges and 1 chamber full of rings as I couldn't fit every thing in my HOB's.
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IMO no you dont really need to. I used to fill my cans with pillow stuffing from walmart. No sponges or ceramic.
I do agree that poly-fill is a nice inexpensive alternative to sponges / ceramic. It's what's used in those old school bubblers petland disc still uses.
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