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I have not had an aquarium for several years and am planning to start up one again. I have a RENA Filstar XP2 that has not been used during this time. My questions are: Will new seals and hoses be necessary? When looking on-line for media, it seems this filter is not as popular as it used to be. Should I just plan on getting a new filter? Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks
 

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I have read that Vaseline can be used , but I use pure silicone grease . I get it from a dive shop near me .
 

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I have not had an aquarium for several years and am planning to start up one again. I have a RENA Filstar XP2 that has not been used during this time. My questions are: Will new seals and hoses be necessary? When looking on-line for media, it seems this filter is not as popular as it used to be. Should I just plan on getting a new filter? Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks
Rena Filstar filters are no longer made but, more importantly, the o-ring seal replacement kits are not available anywhere. Vaseline is good on the seals as is any water based silicone.

As for biomedia, the below link is quite interesting and it's hard to go wrong with plastic pot scrubbers.

https://aquariumscience.org/index.php/7-filter-media/

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
 
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