Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 95
Rated 4 out of 5 by crcrcrcrcr Great filter
I bought this in medium for my 46 gallon aquarium. Setup was relatively easy and it is whisper quiet. The first couple days there was air spitting inside the canister. I did take it apart and put it back together, made sure all the hoses were connected correctly etc but still got the air spitting noise. After a couple of days, it seems to have completely stopped the spitting noise and it's just as quiet as can be.
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 Petsmarts carry the media in stock so I had to order it online from a different place and wait.
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 instead of the recommended 4.
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 from another site since they also don't carry that. My tank is 20 inches high.
While I love the filter and Petsmart has the best price anywhere for it, I do wish it came with enough media to get you started.
I would recommend though.
July 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by D406 Quietest filter ever
Needed to replace my dying 10 year old HOB filter so I decided to try something new and I'm glad I did. For only having one basket it holds a lot of filter media. I was able to use the old aquaclear stuff in addition to everything in the box. The filstar XP is simple to setup and clean and really is whisper quiet it's unbelievable! I wish I had chosen this filter in the beginning.
July 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by aerotiy Best canister filter for your money!
I was skeptical at first because this canister filter is priced so low compared to all of the competitors. However, I have had both the Marineland C-series canister as well as the Magnum pro canister filter. I found both of those to be quite noisy and so I went back to using an Aqueon HOB filter which also made a bit of noise, but was bearable. I saw the great reviews for this particular filter and decided to go out on a limb and try it. This filter is super easy to set up if you follow the instructions. I love the versatility it offers with the various baskets and the availability of so many different kinds of media. And best of all, this filter is so quiet! I can finally enjoy my aquarium without incessant humming noises in the background. I'm glad I didn't spend an extra $50-$100 on another brand.
June 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fishfirst API Filstar XP M
Love this canister filter cant say one thing bad about it. One of the easiest set ups I've ever installed and priming took less then a min. I have owned Fluval in the past and not had good luck with them seals, noise etc... This Api is quit and foolproof I highly suggest you get one for your tank. I also run another canister on the other end of my 75g tank just for giggles but you really don't need it one will do. Good Luck!
March 21, 2016