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API Filstar XP-S Canister Filter

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  • Powerful, easy to use filter
  • Silent operation
  • Self-priming
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API Filstar XP-S Canister Filter + API Filstar XP Filter Micro-Filtration Pads, 3-Count + API Super Activated Carbon Pouch Size 6
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 13.5 x 12.8 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000260FWU
  • Item model number: 720
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,033 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Product Description

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 45 gal.

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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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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It also runs very quietly.
John
I tried every possible trick to seal the canister (silicone glue and lubricant) with no luck.
Dana
Hand down best turtle filter I have ever owned.
ajoff001

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John on June 30, 2006
This is a great filter that cleaned up my overpopulated 20 gal. tank overnight. The water went from murky to crystal clear and colorless in just hours. I had used two different hang-on-the-side power filters that would get clogged in 2 days and couldn't keep the water clear. Set-up of the Filstar was easy and full of options. Cleaning, when the flow rate does goes down, has also been a snap. It also runs very quietly. I highly recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mightywink on December 28, 2009
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We had a pet turtle (turtles are filthy and smelly, I recommend never owning one), and this was the only filter (out of about a dozen that we'd used in previous years) that even came close to doing a good job keeping her tank clean. We had her in a 50 gallon aquarium, and I was pleased with this filtration system. The turtle is gone, and my brother is now using it in his fish tank, and it does extremely well. It's SO easy to disassemble, clean, and get running again. It's also one of the most affordable when it comes to having to replace the filters. I also like the fact that it's quiet.

The only thing I'd warn against is don't cut the plastic tubes too short. Initially we cut them to suit our exact needs, but we later changed the height of our aquarium and for the new set-up the tubes were too short to reach the top. We didn't leave ourselves any extra, so don't make the same mistake we did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Zapata on November 2, 2009
I purchased this filter from Big Al's at about the same prize as Amazon had it. It is for one of my turtle tanks, two sliders on a 40 gallon breeder with about 12 gallon total volume. After a fairly easy initial set-up (you'll have to grease the hoses with vaseline for them to go in all the way) and priming following detailed instructions (the canister is currently located at the same level as the aquarium water, making it a bit tricky to completely fill in the canister compartments), I noticed at times a gargling noise, the canister was taking micro-bubbles. Upon further inspection I noticed a small leak from the electric line outlet at the motor housing. I thought maybe I got a Dud, however, instead of returning or calling for technical support, I decided to fill in around the cable with some of my aquarium safe silicon and ...vuala, the leak was corrected as well as the noise. Now what I have is a very powerful filter (it cleaned my turtle tank in a matter of minutes), crystal clear water, nice outflow through a spraybar outlet and it's even quieter than my eheim eccho. So quiet you can barely hear a faint huming...If I didn't see the spray bar outflow, I would have to put my ear on it, or touch it to feel the vibration and see if it's working. I also disconected the tubing valve, for a test maintenance rehearsal to know that it will be very easy to do so when required. Also you don't have to prime again since the hoses seal once you separate the tubing valve from the canister motor compartment. Just lift the level, a clean, easy and dry operation. Clean-up will be a breeze. Overall I'm very satisfied with this baby, I would have given it a 5 star ratings if it wasn't for the the initial water/air leak described above (maybe a manufacturing defect on my unit).Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keval Nguyen on August 16, 2009
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I have used differen canister filters in the past for my fresh water 55 gal aquarium. Fluval and Marineland. So far this one is my favorite. It runs so quiet compared to the other ones I cannot hear it at all. The only problem I had was trying to fit the hose into the tubing. It is quite a task. But one it is done, it is a filter I am the most content with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ajoff001 on August 24, 2012
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I have a 20 gallon turtle tank and it has been SPOTLESS every since I bought this product on July 10th, 2012. The filter is a bit difficult to assemble but it is totally worth it. (there are also tutorials on youtube to help you assemble it step by step) The tubes are a bit tight fitting so MAKE SURE you use some olive oil, veggie oil, or vaseline so they slide on easier. The filter is super silent and the pressure of the water coming out of can be turned up for even more cleaning power or tuned down for silence while you sleep. Hand down best turtle filter I have ever owned. There is not one speck of algae, food, or poop on the floor. Totally worth the money. This has made owning a turtle the easiest task on the planet. I plan to move up to a bigger size tank because I know this filter can handle it. I LOVE IT. Highly recommend this filter to anyone with a turtle tank under 45 gallons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jman on May 6, 2013
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installed on my 37 gal who's hang on filter was leaving the water cloudy and plug up pretty quick. my tank is a little overstocked but even with water changes the water remained cloudy. After the quick and easy install of this filter my tank cleared up and has stayed this way for the past 3 weeks.(since install).

The reason i only gave it 4 stars is because it is supposed to come with all the supplies you need. while it did bring everything, it only had 5 bio-chem stars while in the manual it recommends 8+ and having a 37 gal tank, which is the same size as a 29 only a few inches taller, the input does not really reach the recommended 4" from the gravel. For now it doesn't seem like an issue so i will not be buying the extension kit.

On another note- SUPER QUIET
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