Product Review: Filstar XP canister filter

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Mgamer20o0

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Jun 4, 2003
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[FONT=&quot]Company[/FONT][FONT=&quot]
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 won’t 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 I’ll 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 [/FONT]
This is the only canister I run at this time and just one of two canisters I would buy.

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Oct 26, 2003
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Company
Rena
[FONT=&quot]Model[/FONT]

2 & 4
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[FONT=&quot]Pros[/FONT]
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.
[FONT=&quot]Cons[/FONT]
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.
[FONT=&quot]Star rating (1-5 with 5 being the best)[/FONT]
4 (would be 5 if it wasn't for the hinges)
[FONT=&quot]How long have you used the product?[/FONT]
5 yrs for the 2, 4 yrs for the 4
[FONT=&quot]Build quality and value for your money. [/FONT]
good considering the cheap hinges (can you tell I don't like the hinges)
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jpappy789

Plants need meat too
Feb 18, 2007
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Gainesville, FL
Real Name
Josh
Company
Rena
Model
XP1
Link to product description
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=3602&cmpid=03csegb&ref=3312&subref=AA&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=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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mcw1976

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Product Review: Filstar XP canister filter

[FONT=&quot]Company[/FONT][FONT=&quot]
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 [/FONT]
Can complete filter maintenance in 15 minutes or less.
 
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