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API FilStar XP Canister Filter

API FilStar XP Canister Filter

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API FilStar XP Canister Filter Information

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Advanced Technology, superior design, large media capacity, strong flow rates and solid construction make the API FILSTAR xP Canister Filters a very reliable and easy-to-maintain canister filter. Fill color instruction book for easy step-by-step set up. Self priming, for fast and easy maintenance- no pumping necessary.

  • Two flexible tubes that measure 59 inches long.
  • Set of accessories (inlet and outlet tubes, goose-neck, suction cups)
  • Illustrated instructions
  • 30ppi foam for removal of finer debris
  • Bio-Chem Stars for superior biological filtration.
  • Superior Resins & Activated Carbon to keep aquarium water clean and clear. (Size 6)
  • Micro-filtration Pad for ultra-fine filtration and polishing
  • Flow-rate: 250 U.S. GAL/h (950 L/h)
  • Aquarium volume: up to 45 U.S. GAL (170L)
  • Canister volume (1.1 U.S. GAL (4.4L)
  • Waterflow with filtration media and accessories: 142 U.S. GAL/h (535L/h)
  • Number of filter baskets: 1
  • Power: 18W

Manufacturer Info

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Aquarium Supplies
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API) has been helping people take good care of ornamental fish for over 40 years. Their research and development scientists have advanced the care of fish with all-natural medications, stable bacteria for biological filtration, one-bottle test kits, consumer-friendly dosing caps and much more. They’ve received over 25 global patents for their breakthrough innovations in the aquatics industry. And they continue to look for ways to improve the fishkeeping experience for hobbyists. Research. Experience. Dedication to scientific, quality treatment for healthy fish. It’s what makes API the first choice of aquarium owners. API manufactures and sells hundreds of products across many different product categories, including aquarium and pond treatments, aquarium equipment, aquariums and fish nutrition.

API FilStar XP Canister Filter Reviews

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A work in progress

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Posted: 7/24/2016 from Robertsdale, AL UNITED STATES
3.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I purchased the medium filter which has two baskets. It only comes with 5 bacteria media sstars so I purchased a media bag and added ceramic balls. I am running a HOB bio wheel filter untill the bio stuff in the API can takeover without the extra help. It is very quiet but I can still hear it operate. I am building acork lined box to reduce the(minute) noise even further. It was fairly easy to set up except for one annoying problem. I had a few questions so I called the customer supportnumber. What answered was arecording telling me to state my problem and someone would get back with me in a couple of days. I had to call Marine depot and check blogs. I am concerned about disturbing the bio bag when doing a service. I will try putting some tank water in a bowl with the media bag. I will update in a couple of weeks. Right now the tank is clear...ammonia and nitrates fluctuating.

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 7/2/2015 from Saint Cloud, MN UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: i love this filter it works great for my 150 tank .it's very quite and easy to clean

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API XP Canister Filter

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 11/7/2013 from GREENVILLE, SC UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: Excellent product would buy again. I would get the best hose clamps that would be available locally. The plastic ones that come with the filter are not secure. There is no noise from the filter at all! The only reason for the 4 is that the hose clamps are iffy at best. I will buy this again for the rest of my tanks. I especially like the 4 tray filter options.

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Happy fish

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 9/6/2013 from SPOKANE, WA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: After careful consideration and research chose the Filstar XP. Have had 2 Marineland cannister pumps in the past that worked fairly well until recently. The second one developed a leaking problem after only about 2 years. Decided to choose another brand. Set up for the Filstar XP was simple. The instructions were well written. Parts came as advertised. Start up was a breeze. Pump is very quiet. Filtration for my 100 gallon fresh water tank is amazing. Water appears very clear after only 2 days. Water very clear before. Was surprised to notice a difference. Have had fish tank for about 25 years and Fistar welcome addition. Would recommend this cannister filter to anyone.

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Works Great..

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 4/29/2013 from SANGER, CA UNITED STATES
3.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: This works GREAT!! Got the 75 gallon unit for my Red Ear Sliders and it works well for keeping thier nasty tank clean. Ordered a second for the fish tank.. Only issue that keeps it from 5 stars is that it can be tough to prime. Ignore the directions, and put the pickup in the water. will save you a mess and lots of frustration.

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Watch out it LEAKS

Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory

Posted: 3/9/2012 from WESTLAKE, OH UNITED STATES
1.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: The water leaks out at the electrical cord. The troubleshooting guid identifies the fix as the in n out water tubing must be putting too much pressure on the unit - but I keep trying to fix/adjust & nothing seems to work for more than a few hours. Anyone for water all over the floor? I didn't think so.

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Pretty Decent filter for $$$$

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 9/24/2011 from HUNTINGTON, VT UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I replaced an Ehiem Proffessional 2 with this filter. The Ehiem ran flawlessly for 7 years but then started leaking between the base and the top. My plan was to buy the Ehiem Pro 3 2075 but after reading 30 or so poor reviews, I reconsidered. Apparently they also leak, brand new, right out of the box. I purchased the Rena Filstar xp3 for about $120 less then the Ehiem. The quality is not quite on par as everything seems just a little bit flimsier but the flow rate is 20gph stronger and it seems to work just fine. I leave the lower chamber clear so it can become a Filterfeeding Zone. The mid-chamber got my old Ehiem sponge plus a couple of the courser sponge filters that came with the Filstar. The top compartment holds 4 Chemi-Pure pouches with filter floss sandwiching them. All in all, this filter has adaquate capacity to function as I need it to on my 120 gallon reef tank. I only open it every 3 to 4 months, so I'm hoping that will help with the longevity of the latches and seal. This filter comes with all the media you need to get it up and running, although I don't use the the Bio-Chem Zorb as I don't find it to be on par with Chemi-Pure, and I don't use bio-balls of any type, but the media alone would come to a significant sum of money if you needed to purchase separately. The esthetics of the filter isn't great, but I keep it in the stand so it's no big deal. Also the filter runs silently, but so did my Ehiem, so no change there. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a compact, functionally well-designed, filter for a decent price.

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 5/19/2011 from Simpsonville, SC UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: ive been keeping fish for over 4o yeaes one day i was looking for a new canister filter and i chose to give the rena a try and wow a dream come true!!!!!!!this is the best filter ive used in forever you can remove the hoses just flipping a switch and take the canister right to your cleaning station and take it apary clean it and 1 2 3 its ready to also has a new inovated way to use a rena heater check it out youll be glad if you choose it i sure am........

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Easy, quiet, workhorse!

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 4/7/2011 from CRESTVIEW, FL UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: We purchased the Rena FilStar xP3 for our 110 gallon freshwater cichlid tank. Setup was so simple. This filter is very easy to prime with no mess at all. The xP3 runs very, very quietly, almost silent. Our fish had been without filtration for 2 days, and the xP3 cleared their water up very quickly. We and our fish are very happy with this filter.

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Worth every penny.

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 11/23/2010 from Montrose, CO UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: I highly recommend Rena Filstar canisters. They're sturdy, reliable and quiet with a large number of filter media possibilities. I have been using Filstar canisters for about 5 years. I have 3, an XP2 running my refugium on a 75G reef, an XP3 on a 45G planted fresh and an XP4 on a 150G fresh. I have never been anything but pleased with them. I have never had a microbubble problem from them and they have always operated very quietly. If you have a noisy one or are getting microbubbles then you are likely getting air in to the canister and should check all your O-rings and hose fittings. You should check them every time you clean it especially the large lid ring. My Filstars have been completely reliable for years and I have found them quite durable. Mine have been through the ringer a time or two and are still purring away.

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