I’m in the process of writing up a review of my new API Filstar XPL (use to be called Rena XP3) Canister Filter when I thought I could also share how I go about cleaning the thing. This can be helpful for people who have never owned a canister filter and are interested in knowing what is involved in cleaning them. I know for myself I was a bit hesitant in thinking it would be pretty complex compared to the basic HOB (Hang on Back) filters. Continue reading
These heaters from Aquatop are certainly very affordable and are priced fairly low compared to the competition. As you can imagine from that, these are your typical made in China filters, but they’re not at all as cheap as many of the others. Continue reading
These are great ‘sanity’ checks for your aquarium. Often we all get the stick on type that comes with the aquarium, but those are not always the most accurate. It’s a good idea to have at least one of these in your tank to get a more accurate reading, and to ensure your tanks temperature is really what you want it to be. Continue reading
This freshwater surface skimmer takes some fiddling to get working properly, but once up and running is actually pretty useful.
In short, this will replace your filter’s normal intake tube, so right there is where most of your (potential) issues will come into play. Continue reading