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Posts: 2,708
Registered: December 2007
Location: Michigan


Rena Filstar Canister Filter
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17 20240 Fri January 22, 2016
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers $121.60 9.1


Reliable canister filter. Comes in models XP1, XP2, XP3, AND XP4.
Keywords: filstar canister filter

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Registered: April 2011
Location: Hudson, Ohio
Posts: 766
Review Date: Sat October 27, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $118.00 | Rating: 8 

Positive aspects of the product (pros): Price, reputation, ease of setup
Cons: intake color - product changes

Ok I just received my Rena / API XP3 - L as it is now marketed. looks to be the same quality unit as in the past but with new packaging! I knocked a point off for their accessory changes as I note below. fore warned that they have changed what is included!

Based on comments from Rena XP3 owners the unit used to come with:
4 - sponge filters
1 Spray bar
1 swivel goose neck outlet
1 flow control valve
4 intake extensions

The unit now only comes with:
2 Sponge filters
1 goose neck outlet
2 intake extensions

Take this into consideration when purchasing this unit and plan accordingly to purchase the additional pieces you need.

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Registered: June 2013
Location: SE Texas
Posts: 140
Review Date: Fri January 22, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $99.00 | Rating: 8 

Positive aspects of the product (pros): quiet, self priming

I have owned three of these for my 75gal. The first one I bought was missing the filter media and I suspected it had been previously returned to the store. It lasted less than 24 hours before the pump quit. The store replaced it and the second one lasted about two years before a power surge took it out.

The filter is very easy to clean, the shut off valve for intake/output hoses makes it all worth it. There are other more expensive filters with this feature that are implemented much more poorly. They lower the water mess when changing things out and keep the filter primed so no more tank water tasting.

The filter media is a little pricey, but the baskets have no special design to them. You can easily use different media.

The only downside I see is that the pump seems to get bogged down easily. Water flow diminishes rapidly.

All over a good product and probably the best bang for your buck.

120 Gal. Freshwater
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