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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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How is your Filstar XP3 set-up?

Hey all! I just got the Filstar XP3(M) for my new 40 gallon tank. It didn't come with much in the way of media. Just some some sponges and literally 6 biostars and some carbon pads. So how do you guys have yours set-up?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 02:29 AM
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Re: How is your Filstar XP3 set-up?

I don't have my tank running yet, but I ordered extra stars for my xp3. Other than that, I'll probably replace the carbon that came with it for more sponges.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 02:58 AM
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For the mechanical filtration I have a 30ppi foam pad in the bottom of the bottom basket. I then have 2 20ppi pads on top of the 30ppi pad.
In the next basket I have ceramic rings for my biological filtration.
In the top basket I have filled it about half way with more ceramic media and then place a pouch of purigen, a small bag of crushed coral and then top that with some filter floss to polish the water even more.

My water looks crystal clear.

BTW, I am running this on a 75g planted discus tank.


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Similar to mstamper above. Bottom basket has a 30 ppi and 2 x 20 ppi pads. In the middle basket I have it filled with the (5-6) bio-stars that came with the filter and Fluval Biomax. In the top basket I have 2 micron polishing pads and a 200 ml pouch of Seachem Purigen. Crystal clear water. This is on a 75 gallon heavily planted aquarium. Click on my signature for more info on the tank.

*Disclaimer....I also have a Fluval 306 on this aquarium.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies! I wish the didn't cheap out in providing a few bucks of media to fill the new filter.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-07-2013, 12:43 PM
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Hello OP, Here is my setup:

Top basket
2- 100ml purigen
1- micro pad
Rena stars

Middle basket
1.5L matrix

Bottom basket
2- 30ppi foam
2- 20 ppi foam

They are very flexible design.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 04:43 PM
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I have this on a 20g long

Top basket
more Dollar Store scrubber pads
Rena stars

Middle basket
Dollar Store scrubber pads

Bottom basket
2- 30ppi foam
2- 20 ppi foam
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