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post #71 of 93 Old 08-23-2012, 10:03 AM
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I believe they are the same thing
Yes, they should be.

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post #72 of 93 Old 08-23-2012, 10:12 AM
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I have a couple questions. I let my wife chose the substrate and it turned out to be a course quartz gravel. I want to replace it with play sand. How fast can I do the switch?
Second is I have seen colored play sand, is it aquarium safe? I don't plan on using it as it is just as expensive as live aquarium sand just curious
Second question first, some coloured gravels are coated and will lose the coating over time. I had this happen once to black gravel that began to turn blue as the black came off. Also, a natural sand/gravel works best if you want a natural looking tank. Any colour of substrate aside from brown/black/tan will not look "natural" and will distract from the colours of the fish and plants. Several members who have started out with coloured gravels frequently tire of them quickly, because they are so "obvious."

To the first question, it is not difficult to change a substrate (I've done this many times) but it is always best to do it with the fish removed to a temporary tank [or another tank you having running]. I have a 20g tank that I keep as a spare and use it for this; unless you have huge fish, a 20g works in most cases. Depending upon the size of the display tank, I would set aside a day to do this, and start about half an hour after the lights come on to give the fish a chance to fully "wake up."

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Yes, they should be.
Yes they are..Just bought one from Drs Foster & Smith for $80.00.Sorry for all the questions you guys but I just have no clue and y'all have helped me out so much.Thank you
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Yes they are..Just bought one from Drs Foster & Smith for $80.00.Sorry for all the questions you guys but I just have no clue and y'all have helped me out so much.Thank you
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So which model did you go with, the XP1 or XP2 ?
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So which model did you go with, the XP1 or XP2 ?
I went with the XP1..This should work right?It says up to 45 gallons
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The XP1 is more than good enough for your 36 gallon tank. Drs. Foster & Smith is a reputable online source also, never heard a bad thing about them.

Let us all know how it works out. I originally had a Marineland Penguin 200 on my 36 gallon but it was messy to work with, especially with the water changes. When you have a canister style filter, you simply shut it off, do your water change, then turn it back on. Depending on how many fish you have, you shouldn't have to clean the canister more than once a month and some people even go a lot longer than that. Sometimes I shut it off to feed them so the currrent doesn't shoot the food all over the tank! Good luck!
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Thank you very much..How otter should I clean the sponge filter in both my 5 gallon?
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Thank you very much..How otter should I clean the sponge filter in both my 5 gallon?
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I rinse my sponge filters from my 10g, 20g, 29g and 33g tanks at every water change. Sponge filters are very effective at trapping particulate matter.

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Yes, they should be.
They are the same. The old names were Rena Filstar XP1, XP2, XP3, XP4. The new names are API Rena XPS, XPM, XPL, XPXL I believe. I think the older models were made in France & the newer models are made in the USA. I also think I heard someone say that API purchased Rena or something like that............

In my humble opinion the old model numbers are better because it's the number of media trays that the unit has.
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I could only find the new:(
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