API Filstar XP Aquarium Canister Filter
Excellent filter hands down!
I had a FLUVAL 50 Gal + HOB filter with a Aqueon 30-40 HOB filter and my water was always cloudy.. I was thinking it was a cycle but on my 29 gal the water never got better after months.. I tried over 3 filters and never got the results I wanted and needed for my fish friends. So I went back to the store and returned my FLUVAL HOB filter and paid the difference for my New API canister Filter which was on sale for only 110.00 bucks!! I bought the M version cause you can never have enough filtration, I wanted the 2 baskets instead of the one on the small version. More media better bio!! My water cleared up in less than 24 hours!! Water no longer smells or is dirty! Thats cause I had tanis staining my water as well left over from my new drift wood. THIS IS THE Best filter hands down! I did alot of research and this ones the best in my opinion.
Pros: User friendly, Awesome flow and filtration, Customize Media . Quiet, Good starter media, Fast filtration, Easy Prime, Easy to clean, Water shut off valve, clear container so you can see water as it fills the canister and it is pure quality!
Cons: Tubing is hard to slip on (be careful not to break or bend parts when putting tubing on)
Not enough media is included.. You need to buy extra chem stars and sponges. one of each.
charcoal pads only good for about 2 weeks, upgrade to a aftermarket one that you can rinse and reuse. plus you don't need charcoal unless your waters murky or smells.
hose clips are lame. to small.
No funnel to help prime.
Overall its a great filter and i will no longer have murky waters!
October 7, 2014
I bought the Filstar size large for my 150 gallon tank that house my one year old female mississippi map turtle and some tetras and a 7 inch pleco. It is a great filter and easy to clean which I only do once a month. The reason I did not give 5 stars is because it did not come with instructions on how to set up so I had to go to youtube for a tutorial video. It can be tough to prime but one you figure it out, it's very easy.
July 22, 2014
THIS FILTER IS DIFFICULT TO PRIME.
THIS FILTER IS VERY DIFFICULT TO PRIME. I HAVE CHANGED THE FILTER CONTENTS FOUR TIMES NOW. EACH TIME HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT JUST TO GET THE WATER FLOW STARTED AGAIN. IT IS VERY FRUSTRATING TRYING OVER AND OVER TO GET IT STARTED. I WOULD DISCOURAGE ANYONE TO BUY THIS FILTER. I STARTED WITH THE MEDIUM SIZED ONE AND THEN EXCHANGED IT FOR THE LARGER SIZE HOPING THAT IT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE BUT I STILL HAD THE SAME PROBLEM.
June 5, 2014
I have a 120 Gal Fish tank and it is suppose to filter up to 175gal. It was easy to put together and get started. My only complaint is they do tell you what is included but don't specify it is for a 55 gal tank. You don't know how much more is needed to filter a larger tank until you get it and read through the manual. I've only had it running for a couple of weeks with all the filters need but my tank looks good no longer cloudy and my fish are happy!
February 16, 2014