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API Filstar XP-M Canister Filter

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  • Powerful, easy to use filter
  • Silent operation
  • Self-priming
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API Filstar XP-M Canister Filter + API Bio-Chem Stars, 20-Count + API Filstar XP Filter Filtration Foam 30, 2-Count
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 13.5 x 15 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00026Z4KS
  • Item model number: 721
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,152 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Features

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.

Benefits

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.

Filtration Media

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
* The exact contents of the box can vary depending on the filter model.

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

Guarantee

All API FILSTAR XP are guaranteed for 2 years.

Other Items To Consider

API 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.

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Product Description

Powerful, easy to use aquarium filter has an anti-airlock system for continuous, silent operation; media baskets hold mechanical, chemical and/or biological filtration; self-locking water shutoff system; self-priming easy startup. For aquariums up to 75 gal.


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Customer Reviews

This filter is well designed, easy to setup and clean.
B. Williams
I recently purchased this Rena Filstar xP2 canister filter and I am very happy with it.
DoodleBug
Flip, pull, pop some clips and "voila" easy access to everything.
B. Davis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Spencer on February 11, 2008
I did a lot of research when I was trying to decide on a canister filter for my 55-gallon aquarium, and saw a plethora of conflicting information. Eheim was supposedly the best brand, but people described it at "not user-friendly", and they can be a bit pricey. Others looked too cheaply-made to be worth the cost, and I didn't want to worry about replacing parts.

Eventually I settled on the Rena Filstar XP2 canister, and I've never been happier. It's reliable, quiet, and my water is crystal-clear (and that's saying something, since we have very heavy lime in my area). Any time I do a gravel-vac or move ornaments around, the XP2 has my water clear again within a few hours. Even when I slack off on cleaning the media, it keeps my aquarium balanced, runs smoothly, and maintains water circulation and current.

The only problem I've had was a defective hose clamp, so now I have a metal clamp there instead of the black one that came with it. I suggest having at least one on-hand so you don't have to go back to the store when setting up your filter. It also apparently has an automatic shutoff feature if you're silly and let the hose get crimped, like I did. That's the only time it ever ceased to function, which is far preferable to the motor burning out.

Priming this filter is a breeze, as are cleaning it and setting it to work again. The media lasts quite a while, and the only things not included are the Bio-Chem Stars. Definitely worth the money, especially if you're new to canister filters.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on January 25, 2008
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I've been using canister filters on my smaller tanks (20-55g) for the past decade and the RENA XP2 is the most impressive by far.

APPEARANCE
The kit was very neatly packaged. The filter itself is definitely not a real "looker", but it certainly has very clean lines. I expected some burrs on the plastic pieces, but there were none to be found. What else can I say about a filter that likely will be hidden away beneath a cabinet or behind the aquarium?

SETUP
It's ridiculous how easily the filter assembled. The media baskets are very practical and easy to manage, plenty of room for whatever you choose to filter with. The ONLY aspect I would consider potentially difficult was fitting the hoses to the rigid tubing -- easily remedied with a very light film of petroleum jelly, emphasis on "light". Once the clamp is in place it's nearly impossible to move the hose let alone pull it completely off the tubing. The instructions are clear and concise and the visuals so explicit the text is almost unnecessary.

OPERATION
I am not exaggerating when I say the filter generates only a whisper of noise. My wife wondered whether it was actually functioning until I opened the cabinet and she leaned over to listen. Amazing, considering the volume of water it's filtering. My water is crystal clear, well-balanced and the aquarium's occupants are healthy and robust -- testimony to how well the filter is functioning.

MAINTENANCE
I've never had another canister filter so easily maintained. Flip, pull, pop some clips and "voila" easy access to everything. I can change any media and swap filter pads all in less than 10 minutes. I'm so spoiled I wish I'd never have to see another wet-dry filter as long as I live.

You really can't go wrong with this one. Two thumbs way up.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bailey on March 30, 2006
I have a 100 gallon tank and I paid 500.00 for a wet/dry system that everyone swore would be my last and best filter. Well after a year of loud draining noises and yellow water I ditched it and put on 2 of the XP2's. All I can say is WOW!!!! After only 9 hours my water is crystal clear! I was so used to the yellow tinge in the water I forgot what clear water looked like! My wet dry was rated for a 200 gallon tank and I changed the media religously! It pales in comparison to the XP2's! And the XP2's along with a year supply of filter media cost less than half of the Wet/Dry system! I am sold on the XP2! They are virtually noiseless too!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Simmons on December 5, 2006
I have had this filter running on my 25 gallon tank for about 2 months now. It's more filter than I need for the size tank I have, but I have a few more fish than the tank is rated for. It keeps everything clean and fresh. The fiter is quiet and easy to clean. I really like the baskets you can put different filtering media into. Overall, a great filter.

One issue to note if you buy this filter: fry can get sucked into it and not die. I opened up my filter last night and noticed six mollie fry in the bottom. I was shocked that they could live in the filter - they must have been in there for about two weeks or so given that I hadn't seen any in the tank in that long. Just an FYI.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lars M. Hansen on April 13, 2008
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As another reviewer pointed out, it does take a little bit of effort to put this thing together. Getting those tubes onto the fittings was a lot of work, but at least there's no dripping.

Once this was done, and the filter media was in the box, priming the unit was simple enough. Open the tube at the top, pour in some water, then power the unit on. It will not be silent right away. There's still air trapped in the system, and there'll be a few "burbs" from time to time when these air bubbles are pushed out. But once that is all done, it really is whisper-quiet.

Now, changing filter media. The first time I tried this, I was a little worried, but there's nothing to it. Shut the filter off, pop up the lever on the hose-fitting assembly and remove it. It's sealed off, so no dripping water. Now just carry the whole container to where you want to be to replace the filter media, pop the canister open and remove the two media trays. Replace as needed.

How easy was that?
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