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API Filstar XP-L Canister Filter
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- Powerful, easy to use filter
- Silent operation
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MAKES WATER CLEAN AND CLEAR
- Uses BIO-CHEM ZORB® an exclusive research grade resin-carbon blend.
- BIO-CHEM ZORB® removes compounds that carbon alone cannot remove.
SELF PRIMING - EASY START-UP
- Primes in seconds with only a cupful of water.
- Does not require hand-pumping or manual siphoning to start.
- Patented anti-airlock system eliminates the need to re-prime.
QUICK DISCONNECT - EASY MAINTENANCE
- Centralized control of all functions to remove canister without losing prime.
- Self-locking water shutoff system prevents accidental flow during maintenance.
VERY QUIET & POWERFUL 3-STAGE FILTRATION
- Holds any combination of filtration media: mechanical, chemical and biological.
- Maximum capacity baskets. Each basket holds up to 4 different media pouches.
- Inner dividers allow maximum flexibility.
The superior design of the API FILSTAR XP makes it one of the most reliable canister filters. Its solid construction ensures a trouble free and quiet operation. Strong flow rates and superior filtration media provide optimal filtration results with very easy maintenance.
API FILSTAR XP comes with efficient media* for powerful 3-stage filtration:
- Step 1: Filtration pads of 20 ppi and 30 ppi remove debris (mechanical filtration)
- Step 2: API BIO-CHEM STARS quickly establish the biological filter. They provide 4 times more surface area than ceramic rings for massive bacterial colonization (biological filtration)
- Step 3: API BIO-CHEM ZORB makes water clean and clear. It removes colors and odors as well as compounds that carbon alone cannot remove
FILSTAR XP Sizes
|Filter Size||Aquarium Size||Flow-Rate |
(Gallons per hour)
|xP-S||Up to 45 U.S. GAL||250 U.S. GPH|
|xP-M||Up to 75 U.S. GAL||300 U.S. GPH|
|xP-L||Up to 175 U.S. GAL||350 U.S. GPH|
|xP-XL||Up to 265 U.S. GAL||450 U.S. GPH|
All API FILSTAR XP are guaranteed for 2 years.
Other Items To ConsiderAPI BIO-CHEM ZORB
- Makes water clean and clear.
- Removes colors and odors.
- Removes compounds that carbon alone cannot remove
Also available for API FILSTAR XP filters: NITRA ZORB, PHOS ZORB, ZEOLITE AMMONIA REMOVER and BIO-CHEM STARS.
Top Customer Reviews
There is a couple of things to keep in mind when using the filter for turtles. The intake tubing inside the tank comes in sections that have to be pushed together. They tend to loose prime at the connections because turtle tanks are only about half full and some of the connections are above the water level. I had to glue them together to keep the prime. The filter has to absolutely be at least 16 inches below the tank bottom. I set ours on the floor and the tank on the top of a 29 inch high credenza. When priming remember to fill the tube with water with the filter hose valve in the off position (the instructions will explain).Read more ›
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Enough has been said about the performance of the XP3, which is highly dependent on media setup, environment, tank specifics, etc. This will focus on the little things that will hopefully help out other owners/prospective buyers.
With any canister filter, there are a few major concerns.
1. Setup (get it to work/how do I know it is working)
2. Reliability (no leaks/consistent performance)
3. Maintenance (cleaning/disassembly/replacement parts)
4. Tweaks and optimizations
Point by point:
The most difficult issues most will encounter center on two things: A) Pulling the tubing over the connectors and B) Getting the quick-disconnect to easily lock. Point A is trivial provided you have the proper diameter tubing (the stuff that comes in the box or comparable 5/8" ID 11/32" OD or thicker tubing) and Super Lube Synthetic Grease with Syncolon Multi Purpose Lubricant 3 oz or a similar silicone-based lubricant. Simply apply lube to the ends of the filter pieces that need to be covered, wipe your hands dry, and apply moderate force, twisting a bit as needed. Heat can also help (warm water), but the lubricant should make this unnecessary.Read more ›
The good? 3 decent sized trays, "priming" intake tube, configurable outflow tubes, all-you-need-in-a-box package (with exception of biomedia).
The bad? The quick disconnect is not heavy duty and can be distorted by any tension on one of the tubes (especially the output)--resulting in a leak because the O-rings do not seat. Also, the o-ring are not a "tight" fit and cannot handle much pressure. If you have any inline accessories that constitute a significant load (ie. uv sterilizers, CO2 reactors, etc), water will leak past the disconnect o-rings and onto your floor after flooding the top unit on the inside! Worst of all, this happens after about an hour or so and is not readily apparent!
Bottom line: I would much rather NOT have the convenience of the quick disconnect and instead have some external ball valves. My XP3 leaked on my the first time I used it. I searched online and this is a common problem.
THIS FILTER IS AWESOME END OF STORY:
Cleaning cleaning cleaning and more cleaning. I have a 75gal tank and will have 53 live plants and several fish as soon as the water is completely conditioned. Needless to say, as you're conditioning water, you clean the filter daily for a few weeks (except the bio filter, more on that in a minute). This filter is incredibly simple to clean. You unplug the power, raise the shutoff valve and carry the entire filter to the sink or bathtub. Wipe down each piece, rinse the particle filters and you're done. Attach the shutoff valve and turn it back on. you only have to prime this thing once, right out of the box. then every week when you routinely clean it's MINIMAL water spilling, if any. the hoses remain full of water so no more priming necessary. This is hands down without a doubt the most genius design; it actually makes the "hastle" of filter cleaning a piece of cake.
The design of the filter is also genius. it pumps water to the bottom and then sucks upwards through the filters, using gravity as an advantage for extra filtering. instead of shoving water through a filter and discharging to the tank, it sends the unfiltered water to the bottom and "pulls" it upwards. Large trash sits completely in the bottom of the bucket, before ever entering the filter systems.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OK, I really hate to say this. But this product is a must NOT buy. I owned the API Filstar XP-M canister filter for over ten years. A few days ago, it developed a leak. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Christopher
I have been fiddling with different filters for my turtle over a decade. I'm sure I've spent several grand trying to find the right one, but they've all missed the mark, or lost... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie Gentry
This is the best canister filter i have ever purchased. The water quality is amazing. Sometimes i have to check to be its still on since it is so quiet.Published 1 month ago by Andrew Slater
This filter is amazing. I purchased from Amazon last year and it's working just like the day I bought it. It's extremely easy to clean. Read morePublished 2 months ago by parker
Problems with impeller since Day 1..Notified API and took care of it within the first month. After the 30 day window they would not return calls or emails. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark
I have two filstars of this size since 2003, 13 years about. One just broke and one is still preforming great. It lasted for longer than I would have imagined. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Yuna Kim Fitzpatrick