Aquarium Pharmaceuticals API FilStar XP Aquarium Canister Filters - FilStar XP XL

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API Filstar XP Canister filters - (Formerly Rena XP Canister Filter) is now branded under the parent company API. Are you looking for a reliable and effective solution for filtering your aquarium, you have found it with Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Rena Filstar XP Canister Filter. This popular product features a wide range of benefits to the aquarium enthusiast including a multi-stage, by-pass free system. - For Fresh and Saltwater Aquariums - Includes all Filter Media, Tubing and Filter - 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty - Guaranteed self-priming unique anti-airlock system - Efficient 3-step filtration: Chemical Filtration, Biological Filtration and Mechanical Filtration Whisper quiet and ideal for many types of aquariums, the Filstar XP is great addition to any tank. It features strong flow rates, a large media capacity and elegant design. If you are looking for an easy to use, simple to maintain filter, you’ll be happy with the Filstar. Easy Installation:- Inlet tube with adjustable height- Modular outlet system allows customization to any set-up- Inlet/Outlet can be used together or at opposite ends of aquarium. Rena XP Filters provide Maximum Performance:- Large area for filtration media with separation grid allows for three stage filtration:Mechanical, Biological, and Chemical- Bypass flow through design ensures optimal flow through unit, not around it.- Low speed flow through filter allows maximum contact time with media- Unique sediment collection chamber for removal of solid wastes- Anti-Airlock automatically expels trapped air in the filter when starting unit Filstar XP S - (Formerly Filstar XP1):For aquariums up to 45 U.S. GallonsFlow rate output to 250 GPHMaximum Water Head - 47 (1.2 m)Power Consumption - 13 WattsDimensions - 9.5L X 8.5W X 10H Filstar XP M - (Formerly Filstar XP2):For aquariums up to 75 U.S. GallonsFlow rate output to 300 GPHMaximum Water Head - 55 (1.4 m)Power Consumption - 16 WattsDimensions - 9.5L X 8.5W X 14.75H Filstar XP L - (Formerly Filstar XP3):For aquariums up to 175 U.S. GallonsFlow rate output to 350 GPHMaximum Water Head - 63 (1.6 m)Power Consumption - 19 WattsDimensions - 9.5L X 8.5W X 17H Filstar XP XL - (Formerly Filstar XP4):For aquariums up to 265 U.S. GallonsFlow rate output to 450 GPHPower Consumption - 23 WattsDimensions - 13L X 9W X 17H Rena API Filstar XP Canister Filter: Filstar XP XL - Formerly Filstar XP4 - (450 GPH - Up to 265 Gallons) #723 - Aquarium Canister Filters - Filter
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API XP Canister Filter
4 Star Review   By KURT STUDIER on PetStore.com - Nov 7, 2013   

Excellent product would buy again. I would get the best hose clamps that would be available locally. The plastic ones that come with the filter are not secure. There is no noise from the filter at all! The only reason for the 4 is that the hose clamps are iffy at best. I will buy this again for the rest of my tanks. I especially like the 4 tray filter options.

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Happy fish
5 Star Review   By BARBARA TRITT on PetStore.com - Sep 6, 2013   

After careful consideration and research chose the Filstar XP. Have had 2 Marineland cannister pumps in the past that worked fairly well until recently. The second one developed a leaking problem after only about 2 years. Decided to choose another brand. Set up for the Filstar XP was simple. The instructions were well written. Parts came as advertised. Start up was a breeze. Pump is very quiet. Filtration for my 100 gallon fresh water tank is amazing. Water appears very clear after only 2 days. Water very clear before. Was surprised to notice a difference. Have had fish tank for about 25 years and Fistar welcome addition. Would recommend this cannister filter to anyone.

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Works Great..
3 Star Review   By DAVID MILLER on PetStore.com - Apr 29, 2013   

This works GREAT!! Got the 75 gallon unit for my Red Ear Sliders and it works well for keeping thier nasty tank clean. Ordered a second for the fish tank.. Only issue that keeps it from 5 stars is that it can be tough to prime. Ignore the directions, and put the pickup in the water. will save you a mess and lots of frustration.

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Works Great..
4 Star Review   By DAVID MILLER on PetStore.com - Apr 29, 2013   

This works GREAT!! Got the 75 gallon unit for my Red Ear Sliders and it works well for keeping thier nasty tank clean. Ordered a second for the fish tank.. Only issue that keeps it from 5 stars is that it can be tough to prime. Ignore the directions, and put the pickup in the water. will save you a mess and lots of frustration.

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Watch out it LEAKS
1 Star Review   By DON SMITH on Marine Depot - Mar 9, 2012   

The water leaks out at the electrical cord. The troubleshooting guid identifies the fix as the in n out water tubing must be putting too much pressure on the unit - but I keep trying to fix/adjust & nothing seems to work for more than a few hours. Anyone for water all over the floor? I didn't think so.

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Pretty Decent filter for $$$$
5 Star Review   By PAMELA CHICOINE on Marine Depot - Sep 24, 2011   

I replaced an Ehiem Proffessional 2 with this filter. The Ehiem ran flawlessly for 7 years but then started leaking between the base and the top. My plan was to buy the Ehiem Pro 3 2075 but after reading 30 or so poor reviews, I reconsidered. Apparently they also leak, brand new, right out of the box. I purchased the Rena Filstar xp3 for about $120 less then the Ehiem. The quality is not quite on par as everything seems just a little bit flimsier but the flow rate is 20gph stronger and it seems to work just fine. I leave the lower chamber clear so it can become a Filterfeeding Zone. The mid-chamber got my old Ehiem sponge plus a couple of the courser sponge filters that came with the Filstar. The top compartment holds 4 Chemi-Pure pouches with filter floss sandwiching them. All in all, this filter has adaquate capacity to function as I need it to on my 120 gallon reef tank. I only open it every 3 to 4 months, so I'm hoping that will help with the longevity of the latches and seal. This filter comes with all the media you need to get it up and running, although I don't use the the Bio-Chem Zorb as I don't find it to be on par with Chemi-Pure, and I don't use bio-balls of any type, but the media alone would come to a significant sum of money if you needed to purchase separately. The esthetics of the filter isn't great, but I keep it in the stand so it's no big deal. Also the filter runs silently, but so did my Ehiem, so no change there. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a compact, functionally well-designed, filter for a decent price.

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jeff
5 Star Review   By JEFF CAPARELL on Marine Depot - May 19, 2011   

ive been keeping fish for over 4o yeaes one day i was looking for a new canister filter and i chose to give the rena a try and wow a dream come true!!!!!!!this is the best filter ive used in forever you can remove the hoses just flipping a switch and take the canister right to your cleaning station and take it apary clean it and 1 2 3 its ready to go.........it also has a new inovated way to use a rena heater check it out youll be glad if you choose it i sure am........

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Easy, quiet, workhorse!
5 Star Review   By CAROL SHARP on Marine Depot - Apr 7, 2011   

We purchased the Rena FilStar xP3 for our 110 gallon freshwater cichlid tank. Setup was so simple. This filter is very easy to prime with no mess at all. The xP3 runs very, very quietly, almost silent. Our fish had been without filtration for 2 days, and the xP3 cleared their water up very quickly. We and our fish are very happy with this filter.

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Worth every penny.
5 Star Review   By BRYAN SMITH on Marine Depot - Nov 23, 2010   

I highly recommend Rena Filstar canisters. They're sturdy, reliable and quiet with a large number of filter media possibilities. I have been using Filstar canisters for about 5 years. I have 3, an XP2 running my refugium on a 75G reef, an XP3 on a 45G planted fresh and an XP4 on a 150G fresh. I have never been anything but pleased with them. I have never had a microbubble problem from them and they have always operated very quietly. If you have a noisy one or are getting microbubbles then you are likely getting air in to the canister and should check all your O-rings and hose fittings. You should check them every time you clean it especially the large lid ring. My Filstars have been completely reliable for years and I have found them quite durable. Mine have been through the ringer a time or two and are still purring away.

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I'm Impressed
5 Star Review   By PAUL F on Marine Depot - Sep 5, 2010   

Had double set of Magnum 350's paired bio-wheel outlets. Huge big hassle to maintain and restart, and you had to choose between carbon cartridge or polishing cartridge, can't have both. The sleeve style pad was also awkward to spray through during cleaning. Replaced with two large bio-wheel Emperors, easier maintenance but water that that clean. Switched to a smaller 20L turtle tank, even messier than the 60g. Refreshing to have a product work exactly as advertised. I use the XP1 attached to the undergravel filter plate and this is the perfect setup for turtles, and as far as I can see, but freshwater as well. This way you don't need the bio stars or ceramic rings as you get way more surface area with the 2-1/2" layer of fine gravel. VerI take advantage of the open nature of arranging the media to focus on physical/mechanical filtration. Two 30ppi sponges, Micro, then Super Micro Progressive. I'm sure some other cannisters allow you to arrange your media also, but they cost double or more for the same capacity. What to improve on? I can't think of anything. For the hoses, don't try to push them on straight-on. Wiggle from opposite sides and they will slowly work their way in. This is the problem with silicon type hoses, but its worth it, result is no leaks and very flexible routing. People with air bubbles, did you get them 2" or more onto the pipe ends? They seal very tight so I don't even use the hose clamps.

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API Filstar XP Canister filters - (Formerly Rena XP Canister Filter) is now branded under the parent company API. Are you looking for a reliable and effective solution for filtering your aquarium, you have found it with Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Rena Filstar XP Canister Filter. This popular product features a wide range of benefits to the aquarium enthusiast including a multi-stage, by-pass free system. - For Fresh and Saltwater Aquariums - Includes all Filter Media, Tubing and Filter - 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty - Guaranteed self-priming unique anti-airlock system - Efficient 3-step filtration: Chemical Filtration, Biological Filtration and Mechanical Filtration Whisper quiet and ideal for many types of aquariums, the Filstar XP is great addition to any tank. It features strong flow rates, a large media capacity and elegant design. If you are looking for an easy to use, simple to maintain filter, you’ll be happy with the Filstar. Easy Installation:- Inlet tube with adjustable height- Modular outlet system allows customization to any set-up- Inlet/Outlet can be used together or at opposite ends of aquarium. Rena XP Filters provide Maximum Performance:- Large area for filtration media with separation grid allows for three stage filtration:Mechanical, Biological, and Chemical- Bypass flow through design ensures optimal flow through unit, not around it.- Low speed flow through filter allows maximum contact time with media- Unique sediment collection chamber for removal of solid wastes- Anti-Airlock automatically expels trapped air in the filter when starting unit Filstar XP S - (Formerly Filstar XP1):For aquariums up to 45 U.S. GallonsFlow rate output to 250 GPHMaximum Water Head - 47 (1.2 m)Power Consumption - 13 WattsDimensions - 9.5L X 8.5W X 10H Filstar XP M - (Formerly Filstar XP2):For aquariums up to 75 U.S. GallonsFlow rate output to 300 GPHMaximum Water Head - 55 (1.4 m)Power Consumption - 16 WattsDimensions - 9.5L X 8.5W X 14.75H Filstar XP L - (Formerly Filstar XP3):For aquariums up to 175 U.S. GallonsFlow rate output to 350 GPHMaximum Water Head - 63 (1.6 m)Power Consumption - 19 WattsDimensions - 9.5L X 8.5W X 17H Filstar XP XL - (Formerly Filstar XP4):For aquariums up to 265 U.S. GallonsFlow rate output to 450 GPHPower Consumption - 23 WattsDimensions - 13L X 9W X 17H Rena API Filstar XP Canister Filter: Filstar XP XL - Formerly Filstar XP4 - (450 GPH - Up to 265 Gallons) #723 - Aquarium Canister Filters - Filter
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fish filter type cannister
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Product Title Aquarium Pharmaceuticals API FilStar XP Aquarium Canister Filters - FilStar XP XL
Manufacturer Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
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Power Score 4.5 | 40 Reviews
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cat food ingredient: fish
Color: Multi
fish accessories: heaters
fish chemicals: Maintenance
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API XP Canister Filter
4 Star Review   By KURT STUDIER on PetStore.com - Nov 7, 2013   

Excellent product would buy again. I would get the best hose clamps that would be available locally. The plastic ones that come with the filter are not secure. There is no noise from the filter at all! The only reason for the 4 is that the hose clamps are iffy at best. I will buy this again for the rest of my tanks. I especially like the 4 tray filter options.

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Happy fish
5 Star Review   By BARBARA TRITT on PetStore.com - Sep 6, 2013   

After careful consideration and research chose the Filstar XP. Have had 2 Marineland cannister pumps in the past that worked fairly well until recently. The second one developed a leaking problem after only about 2 years. Decided to choose another brand. Set up for the Filstar XP was simple. The instructions were well written. Parts came as advertised. Start up was a breeze. Pump is very quiet. Filtration for my 100 gallon fresh water tank is amazing. Water appears very clear after only 2 days. Water very clear before. Was surprised to notice a difference. Have had fish tank for about 25 years and Fistar welcome addition. Would recommend this cannister filter to anyone.

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Works Great..
3 Star Review   By DAVID MILLER on PetStore.com - Apr 29, 2013   

This works GREAT!! Got the 75 gallon unit for my Red Ear Sliders and it works well for keeping thier nasty tank clean. Ordered a second for the fish tank.. Only issue that keeps it from 5 stars is that it can be tough to prime. Ignore the directions, and put the pickup in the water. will save you a mess and lots of frustration.

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Works Great..
4 Star Review   By DAVID MILLER on PetStore.com - Apr 29, 2013   

This works GREAT!! Got the 75 gallon unit for my Red Ear Sliders and it works well for keeping thier nasty tank clean. Ordered a second for the fish tank.. Only issue that keeps it from 5 stars is that it can be tough to prime. Ignore the directions, and put the pickup in the water. will save you a mess and lots of frustration.

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Watch out it LEAKS
1 Star Review   By DON SMITH on Marine Depot - Mar 9, 2012   

The water leaks out at the electrical cord. The troubleshooting guid identifies the fix as the in n out water tubing must be putting too much pressure on the unit - but I keep trying to fix/adjust & nothing seems to work for more than a few hours. Anyone for water all over the floor? I didn't think so.

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Pretty Decent filter for $$$$
5 Star Review   By PAMELA CHICOINE on Marine Depot - Sep 24, 2011   

I replaced an Ehiem Proffessional 2 with this filter. The Ehiem ran flawlessly for 7 years but then started leaking between the base and the top. My plan was to buy the Ehiem Pro 3 2075 but after reading 30 or so poor reviews, I reconsidered. Apparently they also leak, brand new, right out of the box. I purchased the Rena Filstar xp3 for about $120 less then the Ehiem. The quality is not quite on par as everything seems just a little bit flimsier but the flow rate is 20gph stronger and it seems to work just fine. I leave the lower chamber clear so it can become a Filterfeeding Zone. The mid-chamber got my old Ehiem sponge plus a couple of the courser sponge filters that came with the Filstar. The top compartment holds 4 Chemi-Pure pouches with filter floss sandwiching them. All in all, this filter has adaquate capacity to function as I need it to on my 120 gallon reef tank. I only open it every 3 to 4 months, so I'm hoping that will help with the longevity of the latches and seal. This filter comes with all the media you need to get it up and running, although I don't use the the Bio-Chem Zorb as I don't find it to be on par with Chemi-Pure, and I don't use bio-balls of any type, but the media alone would come to a significant sum of money if you needed to purchase separately. The esthetics of the filter isn't great, but I keep it in the stand so it's no big deal. Also the filter runs silently, but so did my Ehiem, so no change there. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a compact, functionally well-designed, filter for a decent price.

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jeff
5 Star Review   By JEFF CAPARELL on Marine Depot - May 19, 2011   

ive been keeping fish for over 4o yeaes one day i was looking for a new canister filter and i chose to give the rena a try and wow a dream come true!!!!!!!this is the best filter ive used in forever you can remove the hoses just flipping a switch and take the canister right to your cleaning station and take it apary clean it and 1 2 3 its ready to go.........it also has a new inovated way to use a rena heater check it out youll be glad if you choose it i sure am........

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Easy, quiet, workhorse!
5 Star Review   By CAROL SHARP on Marine Depot - Apr 7, 2011   

We purchased the Rena FilStar xP3 for our 110 gallon freshwater cichlid tank. Setup was so simple. This filter is very easy to prime with no mess at all. The xP3 runs very, very quietly, almost silent. Our fish had been without filtration for 2 days, and the xP3 cleared their water up very quickly. We and our fish are very happy with this filter.

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Worth every penny.
5 Star Review   By BRYAN SMITH on Marine Depot - Nov 23, 2010   

I highly recommend Rena Filstar canisters. They're sturdy, reliable and quiet with a large number of filter media possibilities. I have been using Filstar canisters for about 5 years. I have 3, an XP2 running my refugium on a 75G reef, an XP3 on a 45G planted fresh and an XP4 on a 150G fresh. I have never been anything but pleased with them. I have never had a microbubble problem from them and they have always operated very quietly. If you have a noisy one or are getting microbubbles then you are likely getting air in to the canister and should check all your O-rings and hose fittings. You should check them every time you clean it especially the large lid ring. My Filstars have been completely reliable for years and I have found them quite durable. Mine have been through the ringer a time or two and are still purring away.

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I'm Impressed
5 Star Review   By PAUL F on Marine Depot - Sep 5, 2010   

Had double set of Magnum 350's paired bio-wheel outlets. Huge big hassle to maintain and restart, and you had to choose between carbon cartridge or polishing cartridge, can't have both. The sleeve style pad was also awkward to spray through during cleaning. Replaced with two large bio-wheel Emperors, easier maintenance but water that that clean. Switched to a smaller 20L turtle tank, even messier than the 60g. Refreshing to have a product work exactly as advertised. I use the XP1 attached to the undergravel filter plate and this is the perfect setup for turtles, and as far as I can see, but freshwater as well. This way you don't need the bio stars or ceramic rings as you get way more surface area with the 2-1/2" layer of fine gravel. VerI take advantage of the open nature of arranging the media to focus on physical/mechanical filtration. Two 30ppi sponges, Micro, then Super Micro Progressive. I'm sure some other cannisters allow you to arrange your media also, but they cost double or more for the same capacity. What to improve on? I can't think of anything. For the hoses, don't try to push them on straight-on. Wiggle from opposite sides and they will slowly work their way in. This is the problem with silicon type hoses, but its worth it, result is no leaks and very flexible routing. People with air bubbles, did you get them 2" or more onto the pipe ends? They seal very tight so I don't even use the hose clamps.

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AWESOME!!!!
5 Star Review   By MIRIAM GARCIA on Marine Depot - Aug 15, 2010   

this product was awesome really cleans my tank i have two turtles b/c my baby brother purchase two turtles they are two messy turtles; this filter is great, efficient the only problem was building it; the manual was complicated didnt explain much thank goodness i saw the video we manage to build it together. But the filter is great, efficient, and worth the purchase

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Hose difficulty
3 Star Review   By CONRAD SUNDHOLM on Marine Depot - Jul 29, 2010   

The filter does a great job on my 40 tank. The hose connections are exceedingly difficult, On my first two attempts I had air leaks that sucked in air to create filter noise. It is very hard to force the connecting hoses on far enough, especially when you are lying on the floor trying to make the hoses fit on the filter itself. I had greater success when I used the disconnect to remove them from the filter. Eventually I was forced to go out and buy metal clamps to finally close the air leaks. The plasctic clamps were not strong enough. I would only recommend this filter to a very smart muscle builder with the pushing power to securely fasten the hoses. Everythig else worke just fine - whisper quiet

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Reliable but has issues
2 Star Review   By JOE W. on Marine Depot - Jun 19, 2010   

Pros: 1) Very reliable. Have had for 4 years with no problems with the pump. 2) Relatively quiet. 3)Lots of ways to modify. Cons: 1) Produces TONS of microbubbles! This is the biggest problem with this filter. I have replumbed the unit and contacted Rena tech support to no avail. Works fine if you don't clean or touch it. Seriously, I can simply ajust the output and my 60 gallon reef fills with microbubbles to the point that it's difficult to make out the fish. Takes about 2 DAYS to clear up. 2) Overpriced.

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Rena xp3 Filter
5 Star Review   By JIM KASZA on Marine Depot - May 25, 2010   

After reviewing all the canister filters on the markets. I went with the Rena xp3. Could'nt ask for a better filter. I am so happy with it that I bought another for my just now 75 gal tank. This filter is easy to maintain,it quiet,parts are readily available,media trays are very versatile and affordable. I am now working on setting up a Discus tank and will be buying another Rena xp filter.

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Very cool
5 Star Review   By CARLOS MEDINA on Marine Depot - Apr 28, 2010   

The filter is really quiet and powerful. It is also very easy to maintain.I have only 2 small complaints about it: It should have a switch to be able to turn it off when servicing without having to disconnect it every time and it should come with longer hoses for bigger tanks.

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Almost Perfect
4 Star Review   By VICKIE KAHKESH on Marine Depot - Apr 16, 2010   

Works extremely well and soooo quiet. The instruction manual could be better at explaining the filter media possibilities and combinations.

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rena filstar XP3
5 Star Review   By RICHARD VAVRA on Marine Depot - Mar 6, 2010   

I purchase this filter last week this is the easyist canister to set up and get going, Rena has really done there home work!! my tank is so clear its just awesome dont even hesitate buy it. Rich Daytona Beach

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Simply easy
5 Star Review   By JEFFREY SHERMAN on Marine Depot - Mar 1, 2010   

This is my second RENA canister filter. I have a 150g freshwater tank and find that two smaller filters work much more effeciently than 1 larger capacity filter. These filters are increadibly quiet, efficient and combine all the necessary elements of filtration into one easy-to-use system. Cleaning is relatively simple...although the replacement products can be pricey. Still, when money is "no object" I would recomment this product hands down!

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xp3 filter
5 Star Review   By iceman8t0 on Marine Depot - Feb 21, 2010   

This filter works awesome,it has really made a difference in the quality of my aquarium water.

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One of the best!
5 Star Review   By ADAM B. on Marine Depot - Feb 12, 2010   

I've been using this style filter for over 3 years now on a variety of different tanks and setups. It is fantastic!! It has taken a beating from moving and letting it sit outside for 5 months while my gf was supervising my tanks. It is EXTREMELY quiet! You would never know it was on, even in a dead quiet room. Very simple to setup, and easy to maintain. Great filter!

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quiet filter
4 Star Review   By DANIEL NOLAN on Marine Depot - Aug 12, 2009   

this is a very quiet filter. I have had it for about a week and have not experienced any problems

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Best ever
5 Star Review   By WESLEY WEATHERS on Marine Depot - Aug 1, 2009   

I have had this on for 2 days and I have never seen my tank so clear untill now... You can actuallt see the colors in the fish now and I love it... I have a 58 gallon tall and the water is crystal clear thanks...

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Mr. Sigler
5 Star Review   By ANTONIO SIGLER on Marine Depot - Jun 24, 2009   

I bought this product about 2 weeks ago. I have an 80 Gallon tank. I started to see results in water clarity in less than an hour. Very easy to maintain

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Great Buy!
5 Star Review   By EUGENE BRUSILOVSKY on Marine Depot - Mar 23, 2009   

I have been using this filter on my 180. Great Filter, havn't had any problems.

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Great Design
5 Star Review   By ZACHARY NICKEY on Marine Depot - Mar 4, 2009   

It's not hard to see why everyone rants and raves about this system. As a start, it is relatively inexpensive for an advanced and high capacity canister filter. It is a state of the art filtration unit that users of any level can operate. The instructions are clear and easy to work with, the mounting hardware is excellent and the included parts allows user customization, the media basket for even the smaller XP1 is rather large, and the pump moves an impressive amount of water for a small unit. The pump moves so much water that you can use this as your only filter system and not have to worry about particles floating around in the water. I have my setup configured as a biological-only (just media) system, but the included media allows you to use chemical, biological, and mechanical filtration, or a combination. Additionally, given Rena is part of API, you have the best chemical filtration media on the market designed specefically for your filter, and it is really nice to have that luxury. Parts, media, and accessories are easy to find for this item as well. This is one well designed filter system and I recommend it to all users!

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xP3
4 Star Review   By KEVIN MORGAN on Marine Depot - Jan 28, 2009   

This filter is versitile and easy to maintain.

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xP3
4 Star Review   By KEVIN MORGAN on Marine Depot - Jan 28, 2009   

This filter is versitile and easy to maintain.

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Smart Purchase
5 Star Review   By Happy Fish on Marine Depot - Jan 21, 2009   

I have a 36GL tank and bought XP1 model, it was extremly quiet and powerful, and would be work perfect together with air pump to keep water crystal clear. I would recommend it to all my friends. Just need to be a little bit stronger physically to plug the pipe into the hose.

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Very Happy
5 Star Review   By DOUG BAYLISS on Marine Depot - May 20, 2008   

I'm very happy with this canister filter. I had underground filters for decades (fresh water). We mistakenly purchased 3 Piranha fish, non carnivorous but they grew very quickly and now very large. The water in the tank became very murky. I installed the RENA FilStar xP2 and within 24 hours the water became and is still crystal clear. Highly recommended.

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Second purchase
5 Star Review   By ROB on Marine Depot - Mar 19, 2008   

This is the second RENA filter I have purchased. The first was a smaller unit for a 30+ gallon tank with angelfish. IT worked so well, that I purchased this one for my 100 gallon tank that had 2 smaller canister filters on it. The RENA is much easier to clean and service - a plus for a tank that is located under the basement stairs. The tank is clean and the fish are doing well - what else could you ask for?

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filter
5 Star Review   By HENRY on Marine Depot - Feb 7, 2008   

Easy to set up and works great. I am very happy with it!!!!

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Great product
5 Star Review   By ceb on Marine Depot - Feb 1, 2008   

This cleared up my cloudy tank in just under a week. Now the water is clear and I enjoy it.

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Rena XP1
4 Star Review   By HENK BOUTE on Marine Depot - Jan 30, 2008   

very easy to set up and use/clean. Very silent operation, the one drawback is the lack of space inside to add ceramic rings, most of the space is taken up by two coarse filter media sponges.

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Good luck with 2 RENA filters
5 Star Review   By Likin'SaltMoreThanFresh on Marine Depot - Jan 12, 2008   

I'm currently using two RENA canister filters: an xP1 empty in a 29G marine for circulation (and the occasional carbon treatment) and an xP2 in a 95G fresh for filtering. Very easy/convenient to maintain the filter. Also, the motor always readily starts up again after maintenance. For filtering, nice to have the additional basket of the xP2. If you're considering the xP3, I think I'd rather have two xP2 filters (and maintain on opposite cycles).

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pump baby pump
5 Star Review   By JEFF BRIGGS on Marine Depot - Nov 30, 2007   

So far I have had great success with the pump. Water is very clear. Had some micro bubbles to start but cleared up within a day or two.

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Works Great
5 Star Review   By JOHN LINDSAY on Marine Depot - Nov 30, 2007   

This canister filter works great! It by far has kept my 75 gallon freshwater clearer than my Marineland Penguin 350B did in my 20 gallon! I have two comets and a pleco, so these fish are dirty. I'm impressed with this filter. The baskets are 6" by 6" and about 4" deep. I am replacing the bio-stars with SeaChem Matrix media, as well as adding SeaChem Purigen to polish the water even more. It's also quiet and easy to install and clean. Fits under my stand in one whole cabinet. Water flow seems high, and the polishing filter does clog easily meaning it cleans the water very well. I'm looking to get another one as soon as I can find the cash!

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Great Product
5 Star Review   By Al P. on Marine Depot - Oct 1, 2007   

I have had three xP3's running in my 150g. salt water tank for two years. Believe it or not, I clean them every 6 months when I do my 70% water change! Two of them run my UV sterilizers effortlessly. These filters are incredible! I only have one large puffer in my tank that gets fed 2-3 times a week, and when he eats, it gets VERY messy.Within ten minutes of powering them back up, my tank is crystal clear again.

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Rena Filstar xP2
5 Star Review   By jdub on Marine Depot - Aug 18, 2007   

this is the one! I'm using it on a fifty gal planted tank. easy set up,quiet and easy to service. It is too early to tell how it will perform over the long haul however it looks to be well thought out and made. lot's of micro bubbles after start up but stopped after a day or so. lot's of extras come with the filter for the tubing set up and the inflow and outflow pipes etc. but I use ADA lily pipes so none of the aux stuff was needed.

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sweet filter
5 Star Review   By jerry on Marine Depot - Aug 5, 2007   

I have 2 of these running a 47gal saltwater reef tank. The both of them create enough flow for the coral that i had to take out the maxi jet because it turned into a tornado in there! But anyways, they keep the tank super clear! I service them once a month to get some of the junk out and thats it! Easy & efficient filter! Comes with everything needed! Also comes with 3 media's (chemical, mechanical, & biological filters)! Who said you can't get a good filter for $xx?

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Excellent filter
5 Star Review   By AARON AMEZQUITA on Marine Depot - Jul 3, 2007   

Excellent filter quality, a lot of set up configuration in the box, no need aniting ealse buy a RENA

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