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API FILSTAR XP FILTER SIZE M Aquarium Canister Filter
- Contains one (1) API FILSTAR XP FILTER SIZE M Aquarium Canister Filter 1-Count Box
- Very powerful filtration for perfectly balanced and crystal clear aquarium water.
- Very easy to use and maintain; allows for centralized control of all the functions of the filtration system.
- Quick disconnect, leak free, fast cleaning, and self-priming.
- Allows the use of various filtration media available in the API range, and meets your specific freshwater and saltwater requirements.
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The API FILSTAR xP is extremely powerful, unbelievably easy to use and maintain, and so silent it can be used in any room in the house. The API FILSTAR xP Canister Filter offers several set-up options, making it adaptable to fit your individual needs, and includes features that set it apart from all other canister filters: 1- Easy Start-Up – One-time, self-priming system primes in seconds, without hand pumping or manual siphoning, 2- Maximum Capacity with large baskets hold API highly efficient filter media products, 3- Unique Anti-Airlock System prevents overheating and eliminates the need for re-priming, 4- Bypass-Free Circulation ensure maintenance, 5- Long-Lasting, heavy-gauge construction stands up to the rigors of everyday use, 6- Easy Access gives immediate access to media baskets, impeller, and shaft, 7- Large Rubber Base keeps filter in place and completely dampens vibration. Various API media products are available enabling you to customize your filtration system to meet your own particular aquatic requirements. You’ll see the difference the Filstar XP’s advanced filtration system makes in creating a cleaner, healthier environment for your fish. Contents of the box: 1 API FILSTAR XP-M 2 flexible tubes 59"(1,5m) 1 set of accessories (inlet and outlet tubes, gooseneck, suction cups) Illustrated instructions 1 30ppi foam for removal of finer debris, Bio-Chem Stars superior biological filtration. Grows massive coloinies of beneficial nitrifying bacteria. Size 6: superior resins activated carbon.Cleans & Clears aquarium water. 1 microfiltration pad for ultra-fine filtration and polishing. Specifications: Flow-rate: 300 U.S. GAL/h (1150 L/h) Aquarium volume: up to 75 U.S. GAL (280L) Canister volume (1.6 U.S. GAL (6.3L) Waterflow with filtration media and accessories: 160 U.S. GAL/h (605L/h) Number of filter baskets: 2 Power: 23W With API Aquarium products, it’s easy to keep a beautiful saltwater, freshwater or reef aquarium. For over 50 years, API has been creating innovative, research-driven solutions that make it easier to care for your fish and aquarium. API Aquarium Treatment Supplies are designed to work in conjunction with each other to provide best results to control algae, promote healthy bacterial growth and help control and cure fish diseases and conditions such as ich and fin rot. They work to provide a safe, hospitable environment for fish such as tropical community fish, cichlids, goldfish and more. With API, you can spend more time admiring your fish, and less time scrubbing your tank. Make sure to use all products as directed in order to ensure the best results.
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.
Style: Single Pack
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The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because it doesn't include enough media to get started.
It comes with 5 bio-chem stars and for the medium canister, you need 20. None of the local pet stores carry the media in stock so I had to order it online from Amazon and did pay for expedited shipping.
It comes with 1 bio-chem zorb and according to the directions, you need 4 for the medium. Again, not carried in local store so had to add that to the online order. I could only fit 3 of the zorb in the canister.
Amazon does have the very best price for the media.
Also the intake pipes were too short since they state it should be 4 inches from the gravel so I had to order the extension kit. My tank is 20 inches high.
While I love the filter now, I do wish it came with enough media to get you started.
I would recommend though.
I had a Fluval 404 that died after 10 or so years. I would get another one because it cleaned his tank really good but it is such a pain to get it started. I did some research and decided to give xp-m a try.
I've had it for a few weeks now and it does an excellent job of keeping his water clear. Anyone that has a slider knows they are messy.
The reason it lost a star is because they don't give you enough media to get it started the first time. they give you 5 chem stars when their manual says to use 15-20 ( I used 20) and they give you 1 Bio-Chem pouch the manual says to use 4, but I used 3 because the filter wouldn't close with 4.
So after going to Petsmart to get the rest of the media I needed I was finally able to get it started. I've had 3 Fluvals and they all came with enough media to get it going as soon as you get it.
If I hadn't gotten such a good price on it (petsmart wanted $150 for it) I would have given it 3 stars for the extra cost and hassle.
To get it started this gets 5 stars. It is Super Easy to get it going that it was worth the hassle. Which is why I gave it 4 stars.
If you like to use the recommended amount of media find out how much of each media you need when you purchase so you can save $ (media cost more at pet stores) and time for having to go get what you need.
I have seen this on my other units so I know what to look for, but if I had to do it again I might have purchased a different brand of filter. I would replace this one, but it is convenient, in terms of expendables, to have all of my filters from the same manufacturer.
The filter is quiet too and setup is simple but you will need to lubricate the accessories that you will attach the tubes to, they are thin plastic and you may end up bending an accessory due to excessive force
Also please note:
Rena is now named Filstar. It seems based on my research, you got a spray bar when these were sold as Rena units but when I received mine, it was the new Filstar which did not come with a spray bar. Not a deal breaker but I wish it came with one to lessen the spray effect on the exit nozzle if you wanted to.
The failure of this filter is truly disappointing. I've opened a trouble ticket with the manufacturer and we will see what they recommend as a resolution.
The leaking and damaged property aside, the filter keeps the water crystal clear and is easy to operate and maintain. If you're willing to roll the dice, then this is an excellent filter. If you would rather not repair or refinish your flooring, then I would suggest a filter of German origin with a green appearance.