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Old 09-18-2007, 04:54 AM   #1
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WHICH CANISTER FILTER TO BUY ?

I have a 100 Gallon fresh water tank equiped with a Magnum 350 canister filter ( mechanical/ chemical filtration only ) submerged powerhead with foam filter on opposite side of tank. I have been looking at 2 other canister filters as a new replacement. they are--

1--FLUVAL 405 $210.00

2-- RENA FILSTAR XP4 $250.00.

Which one of these filters is the best ? for filtering, ease of cleaning & servicing the filter, AND the reliability and the least problems with parts? PLUS, the ease of operation ?
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:41 AM   #2
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I bought This One for my 125G SW tank. It has a drain, so you don't have to move it when it is full of water, and, you can't beat that price. It came brand new.....
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Instead of a single XP4 you could run an XP2 or XP3 at each end of the tank for about the same price.
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FYI Rena XP4- $180.
and XP3-$110.49
and XP2- $85
And yes two XP2's or XP3's would work well. I have two XP1's that I love on smaller tanks.

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Old 09-18-2007, 11:49 PM   #5
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XP3 $89 at Big Al's
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Old 09-19-2007, 01:09 AM   #6
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I second two XP3 units. They're light enough to lift while full after you disconnect them.
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I haven't used any model of canister filter other than the Rena Filstar. I've had a Filstar xP1 running on my 30g long tank for more than two years now and found it to provide outstanding filtering as well as being very easy to maintain. I just clean it once a month and replace the micro-filtration pad with a new one at that time. The other filter pads get rinsed out in tank water before being put back in the filter. I haven't had to replace any parts and have never had it leak.

I also suggest getting two xP3 units and put one at either end of the tank. This will provide greater filtration and if one fails you don't lose all your filtration. I highly suggest you get the Hydor ETH inline external tank heater at the same time you get whatever canister filter you decide on. I have one and it has proven reliable as well as uncluttering the tank.
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3. Odyssea CFS4 (Jebo 828) No unit can beat the price, Performance equivalent to the Eheim Pro 2 $50.00 to $60.00 Mine running 2 years trouble free.
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I recommend, as already mentioned, 2 XP3s or even 2 XP2s. You could even get away with just one XP3 or @ with and AC110. A few months ago you were able to get XP3's from petsmart (brick and mortar store), for $75 + tax. I got two for my 180 oodball tank, along wtih a AC110 and Sieo 1500 pump for circulation.
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