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    Product Review: Filstar XP canister filter

    Company
    Rena
    Model
    Filstar XP
    Link to product description
    http://www.rena.net/reference-center...fications.aspx
    Price range
    $92-$177 XP 1-4
    Pros
    First thing I look for in a canister is quick disconnects. After spilling gallons of water with other canisters I wonít buy any others without the easy disconnect valves. Also unlike other filters it comes out of the box with options. It comes with a spray bar or power jet nozzle. I also like there is a cap on top of the intake tube to add water to prime the filter. Another great option they added is the adjustable flow on the output. Not that Iíll ever slow the flow but it has a airline in I use to diffuse co2 in some tanks.
    Cons
    A little hard to reprime but not as hard as others I have used.
    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    *****
    How long have you used the product?
    3+ years
    Build quality and value for your money.
    Never broke down. Even with the increase in price still worth every penny.
    Other comments

    This is the only canister I run at this time and just one of two canisters I would buy.
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    2 & 4
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    Pros
    Easy to set up and tear down. Filter pads are not an odd shape so it is easier to cut and fit different filter pads.
    Cons
    The hinges that hold the top on are held on there by two small plastic pcs and once they break off you are done. Mine broke the other day after 5 great years of service.
    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    4 (would be 5 if it wasn't for the hinges)
    How long have you used the product?
    5 yrs for the 2, 4 yrs for the 4
    Build quality and value for your money.
    good considering the cheap hinges (can you tell I don't like the hinges)
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    You can buy replacement hinges fairly inexpensively from the Planetrena website.:-)



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    XP1
    Link to product description
    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...=0907338000000
    Price range
    Around $100 for smallest
    Pros
    Not very expensive, plenty of media room, easy to set up, adjustable flow rate...best of all, it comes with a spray bar!
    Cons
    I struggled re-priming at first
    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    *****
    How long have you used the product?
    6-7 months
    Build quality and value for your money.
    Never had any mechanical failures. Worth the cost.
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    20 gallon long planted
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    Product Review: Filstar XP canister filter

    Company
    Rena
    Model
    Filstar XP3
    Link to product description
    http://www.rena.net/reference-center...fications.aspx
    Price range
    Paid $149.00
    Pros
    - Easy Maintenance
    - Numerous possible media configurations
    - Excellent filtration
    Cons
    - Blue Intake tubing stands out.
    Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)
    5 stars
    How long have you used the product?
    2+ years
    Build quality and value for your money.
    Simplicity in design and sturdy compnents make it worth the money.
    Other comments

    Can complete filter maintenance in 15 minutes or less.



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