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|11-15-2012 04:52 AM|
Took the valve assembly off and found this...
Called the lfs to get another one. I put the new one on but the results are the same. I'm pretty disappointed with the output from Rena/filstar and their XP3. It looks like I have to put an ugly powerhead in the tank just so the water circulates. I might just get another canister filter. If I use a cerge Co2 reactor, I'm sure the flow will decrease even more.
Thanks to everyone who try to assist and the members who PMed me regarding this issue.
|11-15-2012 12:56 AM|
Originally Posted by snakebite View Post
|11-15-2012 12:24 AM|
Mine is on a 55g and I get plenty of flow. But I should say that its an old model XP3, bought before the company was sold.
I use the spray bar about 4 inches below the surface, pointed upward and get plenty of surface agitation.
|11-14-2012 11:55 PM|
Originally Posted by dmagerl View Post
I'm on the edge of purchasing a new xp3 but worried that the flow might be the same as the current one I have. I can't compare this filter because I never had one before but if people are using it on 75g + I'm sure there should be plenty of flow for a 40g. The spraybar is useless, and even though I put it about 4" below the water surface the flow barely trickles the top.
|11-14-2012 11:24 PM|
|dmagerl||Mine has a plug in it. I've always wondered what that hole is for.|
|11-14-2012 10:57 PM|
Originally Posted by mott View Post
Thanks for chiming in mott. Can anyone with an xp verify regarding this plug?
|11-14-2012 10:52 PM|
Originally Posted by snakebite View Post
|11-14-2012 10:19 PM|
Can anyone confirm if the top right hole is suppose to be plugged? It looks like that hole goes right to the rotor impeller.
Originally Posted by OVT View Post
Originally Posted by trapperwolves View Post
Took a basket and a half full of rocks out and still the same flow.
When I get home, I'm going to check the valve assembly(?). A member suggested to check that out. Sheesh, what could it be or is this all the power this xp3 has?
|11-09-2012 06:56 PM|
|trapperwolves||Try running the Rena with empty media baskets. If the flow improves you've got the baskets packed to tight. If the flow stays the same there is another problem.|
|11-09-2012 06:10 PM|
|cturner||Honestly I think you have things packed too tight. You need water movement through the filter baskets. It's like trying to push water through a plastic bag with pin sized holes. It isn't going to work well. You need to allow some space in between the media and the baskets. If that doesn't work I would call Rena. I've never had a problem with my XP3 and like Rob in I have to clean mine every 3 weeks and the water I dump out is brown as dirt!|
|11-09-2012 04:49 PM|
|wendyjo||Next time I do maintenance I'm gonna have to look for that plug as I never noticed it before.|
|11-09-2012 08:10 AM|
|OVT||Here is a long shot: take the impeller out and check the metal jacket for a vertical hairline crack.|
|11-09-2012 06:45 AM|
Originally Posted by wendyjo View Post
If you take a look at the picture below you can see the intake hole on the left then the output hole on the right. I was referring to the black plug on the output.
Originally Posted by Rob in (ca) View Post
Maybe I'm just expecting too much from this xp3. I still don't see how this could filter larger tanks when there's barely any circulation/filteration in my 40g.
|11-09-2012 05:55 AM|
I had the same problem with one of my XP3s a couple of weeks ago. The flow could be low or high or none at all. I found that one of the nylon balls in the shut off valve was not rotating with the leaver. Ended up purchasing a new valve assembly which I did not use. If you need one contact me by PM.
|11-09-2012 12:22 AM|
|Rob in (ca)||
IMO .....Your trays are pack solid there, also those sponges would be a big issue with flow, think I would just stay with just Rena's Bio stars or ceramic rings.
like the other poster stated you must have The Rens's course filters on the very bottom tray & not the top tray....
on my Xp 2 I have the 2 course Rena filters on the bottom tray with 12 Rena Bio stars on top of the course filters, then on my top tray I have a small bag of JBL ceramic rings and then the Polishing filter on top.
I get great flow. I also clean the Rena about every 3 weeks as I can not go any longer than that.....it gets pretty dirty.
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