12-22-2007, 08:04 AM
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I've got an XP-3 running on a 55 gallon and to be honest I'm not all that impressed. It seems like there were always particles visibly floating around in the water. Plus practically every week it looses its prime atleast once, it never fails, I come home from work or wake up in the morning to find the impeller wirring with no water going back into the tank. I suppose it could be because I'm using the full length hoses but I couldnt cut them down because I needed the extra length where I put the filter.
I ended up having to buy a back up filter, an Aquaclear 70, because of the unreliabilty of the XP-3. Its sad when an XP-3 isnt enough to filter a measly 55 gallon that I had to buy another filter.
BTW he filter media I have in the XP-3 is:
(3) 20 PPI Foam
(2) 30 PPI Foam
(1) box BioChem Stars
(1) Micro Flitration Pad
I added the Aquaclear 70 and run just Purigen and the foam filters in it and the water has never been clearer. Personally, if I had it to do over again I would have passed on the XP-3 and just had 2 Aquaclear running instead.