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Rena Filstar XP3
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100% of reviewers $90.00 9.7




Description: The Rena Filstar XP3 is an inexpensive 350 gph, self priming canister filter, with room for all kinds of media, and a good array of inlet/outlet tubes, spraybars, nozzles, etc.


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hoppycalif
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Registered: April 2005
Location: Brentwood, CA, USA
Posts: 6869
Review Date: Wed June 6, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $90.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent self priming system, best I have ever seen, and simple
Cons: Not as robust as some filters

Big Al sells this filter for only $90 plus shipping, while it is priced at $170+ in my LFS's. The price alone makes it a worthwhile purchase, and, because it has a flow control valve, it can be used for any size tank. The best feature for me, after years of using Fluval filters, is the self priming system. You connect the filter to the tank, with the canister empty - no water - disconnect the selfsealing valves from the canister, use a little funnel provided with the filter to fill the suction hose with water, then reconnect the self sealing valves. Water immediately pours rapidly down the inlet hose, fills the canister, pours up the outlet hose, fills the external reactor. This takes less than a minute. Plug in the filter and it immediately starts to pump water thru. It is quiet, too. A great buy!

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OldMan

Registered: September 2007
Posts: 19
Review Date: Sun September 23, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: lots of room for media, interchangable baskets, silent
Cons: none

The filter is very easy to fill. Fill the suction hose once with a provided funnel when it is first installed. The filter hose connection has a good shutoff setup that leaves the water level in the filter where it will not spill as you carry it to a sink for cleaning. After cleaning, connect the empty filter housing to the hose and wait about a minute. It will be full and ready to start, even the discharge hose will have most of the bubbles out of it.
The media holders, baskets, are interchangeable with the rest of the XP product line. This means you can easily share media such as the foam sponge filters between filters when you need to cycle a new aquarium. When I set up my 29, I used half the foam media from my XP3 that had been used on my 125 in my new XP1. Then I did a partial water change by siphoning water from my 125 to the 29 and added a few fish to a ready to use aquarium with a cycled filter. No fish losses and no apparent stress to my juvenile kribensis. All 6 are still around and looking good after about 8 months.
This is the quietest filter I have ever owned. I have an XP1 and an XP3 running in the same room as a computer desk. All that I can hear is the fans on the computer although both filters are within about 5 feet of me when I sit at the computer.
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mike58

Registered: January 2008
Posts: 1
Review Date: Mon January 14, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very nice filter user freindly
Cons: none

just bought one xp3 from big al very happy with it . ive been running fluvals for quite some time404s and 303s there sweet to i have 7 tanks ranging in size from 10g to 185g ill see if ill switch itll be a toss up ive been real happy with fluvals there easy to chang media ive installed check valves and flow meters and so far have been happy with them
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