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Old 10-18-2007, 02:03 PM   #1
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Rena Canister Filter Users - how often to change the filters

This question is for people with canister filters, more specifically Rena Canister filters.

How often to you change the filters? i have just been rinsing them out in tank water since i have owned it, but i think the time might be here to replace them.....

Side info: Rena XP3 on 55 Gallon

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I replace the fine sponges every couple of months. The courser sponges I use until they fall apart.
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good info, then i will replace the fine, and leave the others for a bit longer.
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I use filter floss in mine, and replace it every month. I haven't replaced either set of sponges yet and it's been 15 months.
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I use filter floss in mine, and replace it every month. I haven't replaced either set of sponges yet and it's been 15 months.
Ditto. My sponges don't seem to clog up with filter floss in the mix.
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Folks,
My top filter pad get clogged every few months. Which tray do you put the filter floss and how often do you change the filter floss? I have course sponge tray, medium sponge tray, top tray with bio chem zorb, ceramic rings, topped with a filter pad. The top filter pad gets clogged reducing water flow. thanks
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:54 AM   #7
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In my XP2 I have, starting at the bottom. Course sponge, fine sponge, filter floss, ceramic rings. I change 30-50% water each week and if the return rate is weak from the spray bar at that time I replace the floss. Usually once every 4-8 weeks.

You only need about a 1" layer. If you pack it to tight if will greatly reduce the flow from the filter.
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thanks!!! Sounds like a plan!!!
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I've used my xP1 for over two years now and the 20ppi and 30ppi filter pads are as good as when they were first purchased. I clean my Filstar the first week of each month and rinse them out in tank water and replace the micro-filtration pad.
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