Help with my Rena XP3

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I bought my XP3 in Nov of last year and have been really pleased with it up until recently. It just doesn't push water out like it used to. Ive cleaned all the foam ppi for mechanical filtration with tank water, chanded my micro filtration pads as well as my bio chem zorb. It seemed to help for a few days, but now when I put my hand in front of the water flow it isnt very strong. I have noticed that the tubes going in\out of the filter are kinda dirty looking, but that shouldnt have a big effect should it? I could see if I swaped everything out and wasn't getting good pressure, but to have good pressure and it slowly drop...?? I am somewhat boggled??

..should I just kick it? Ive heard that helps!
 

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I say kick it.
I have the XP filter too. You could try cleaning the tubes just to make sure nothing is blocking the flow. Also do you have a rainbar that is the output?? That's what mine has. Be sure to take it apart and clean it well. Mine can get NASTY. I would do a through cleaning of EVERYTHING that you can manage to take apart and see if that helps. If it doesn't it may just be that it's losing power and not filtering what it should be.
 
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What is the best way to clean the tubes out? Ive squeezed on em and it breaks some stuff up which then came out of the rainbar. I'll rip it apart this weekend and give her a good cleanin. Thanks for the reply.

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You could change (or clean) the tubes for sure. Also clean the impeller and housing.
 
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Jaysee said:
You could change (or clean) the tubes for sure. Also clean the impeller and housing.
I was wondering if just swaping them out would be easier. Prolly go to an all black tube so no light can get through.

So cleaning out the impeller and housing...Im a noob..how would I go about doing that..
 

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Well..I bought my 120gallon used and cleaned the tubes then because they were gross. I can't really remember how we did it. lol. I ran really super hot water through them for a long time and then I think it had something to do with wire hangers and washcloths but don't count on it. ;D You could probably just do the hot water and squeeze them to break it apart. I'm sure that would do a lot and it can't hurt. The rainbar can get super nasty I was really surprised actually. I try to keep my tank super clean but those fish are just messy little critters.

I love good quotes. I have a ton of them. Anything that makes me stop and think is great! I just googled 'Awaken the Giant Within' that looks like an amazing conference. Anytime you can take an opportunity to improve yourself you gotta take it.
 

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If you take the top off and turn it upside down (disconnect the tubes), you'll find it.
 
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Sounds like quite the macgyver cleaning mission! IM IN!

Mr Lombardi's words of wisdom are some of my favs.

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious."

Vince Lombardi
 

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MikeNTX said:
Sounds like quite the macgyver cleaning mission! IM IN!

Mr Lombardi's words of wisdom are some of my favs.

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious."

Vince Lombardi
VERY good quote!!
 
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Thanks Jaysee, I'll open it up and see what all I can break!
 
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CHoffman, takin a page from your book and changin my sig
 

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I need to change mine also. I have had that quote on there for a couple of months now.
 

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I would do a cleaning and check the impeller....it may have just been blocked but it may have been damaged. you can buy replacements.
This is said to improve the flow greatly on xp3's I just ordered one for my xp3.


I love quotes too...I can read pages of quotes for hours.
 
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So I ripped the canister apart, cleaned the impeller, housing, hoses, the intake pipe in the tank, spray bar, restacked all the media in the canister put her back together and all seemed well. Yesterday I got a new fish(who I'll post a pic of later) so I did about a 30 gallon water change and switched up all the caves and plants. This morning I get up and see that the water flow is much weaker and my canister has less than 1\2 inch of air at the top of the canister. Ive read through a ton of searches on other forums, even all the FAQ's on Rena's website...all to no avail. Any suggestions from anyone?

Im really curious to see if there is an exploded view of the canister? I still have the instructions it came with that shows what order the media should be stacked, but I'm wondering about a possible seal letting air in or a missing rubber grommet.

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It's possible there is a defect.....

How are your hoses? You;ll get the greatest waterflow when the water has a direct route. If your hoses are too long, that'll slow things up and prevent the air from escaping.
 
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I cut off all excess and made a clean straight route behind my tank. I took everything out, repacked, made sure the gromett around the top was snug. Seems to be running a lot better...but it always does for a few days and then peters out.
 

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Sorry your having so many problems. Hopefully this time it will continue to run good.
 
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