The API FilStar XP L canister filter is an extremely powerful aquarium filter for freshwater or marine aquariums. The FilStar XP L provides complete filtration on tanks up to 175 gallons using no-bypass construction and a flow rate of up to 350 gph. The XP L filter is easy to set up, maintain and clean.
FilStar XP filters feature an easy-to-operate anti-airlock system to allow self-priming, uninterrupted operation. The API FilStar Canister filters also feature flow control, an adjustable inlet, and a single lever control quick disconnect for easy maintenance. The FilStar XP L has a Three multi-use media baskets for biological and chemical filtration media, and has a handle to make media changes quick and easy. This multi-stage filter has bypass-free circulation which guarantees that all water flows through the filter media and not around it, ensuring a cleaner aquarium. The FilStar filter system also has a unique sediment collection chamber for removal of wastes. The chamber improves filter efficiency and reduces clogging.
The filter's large rubber base suppresses vibration and noise, providing quiet operation.
It's a great filter. Very quiet, very efficient job of cleaning the tank. It has a lot of different options, that will help you maintain a crystal clear environment for your fish. That plet place has been very great about helping me on warranty work. The manufacturer was no help, and when a return had to be made, said it would take 3-4 weeks. That pet place kicked in and covered the warranty.
great filter 11/28/2013
Reviewer: dan the fish man
I have had 6 of these running 4 large tanks. The only problem that I have ever had was when the motor gasket was twisted and it leaked and sucked air. I love these filters and will continue to use them unless they quit making them. I have used these for about ten years. They have improved them so much that I can't here them at all. For the person that thinks they suck maybe you need to check your filter to see if it is all together right
Api filstar xp l 11/18/2013
Reviewer: Hey Bert 2
For the price the filter is good .
Flimsy connections should come with right amount of media to support the size of the tank it's rated for.
API Filstar XP Canister Filter 7/16/2013
Reviewer: Ron Krchnavy
Good filter - with one serious design flaw.
This filter can leak with little or no warning where the power cord enters the pump housing!
Love it!! 7/15/2013
This Filter took a 75 gal tank that wee fought PH issues for over a year and stabilize it over night and kept it that way for over a week. We had 2 filters that hung over the back of the tank.
Like it so far 3/7/2013
I was nervous after reading such mixed reviews. But it was easy to assemble. The vegetable oil suggestion I read was very helpful to get those hoses on. I bought Marinepure bio balls to put in it. It started right up with priming. Runs pretty quiet. No leaks yet. I wish it still came with the spraybar, but I have no complaints. It's 100 times better than the tetra tec hang on filter I had 10 years ago!
Filstar XP L 3/6/2013
Someone says it makes noise? What noise, because, I can't hear a thing. I already have three, 1 in my 75 gal tank, 2 in my 125 gal tank. and I am buying another one to add to my tank. If you catch it on sale it grab it. I love them. Now I'll have 4.
Fantastic filter. 2/7/2013
Easy to put together. So quiet I had to check to make sure was working. I ordered the XP3. It would have been nice if the kit came with enough filter material to fill the canister.
I love this filter.. It's quiet , efficient and easy to prime.. I have two separate tanks (75gal & 60gal) and this filter puts up with the abuse from my hungry cichlids... Plus when it's on sale , it's an absolute steal..!!
Works Great! 12/9/2012
I've had mine for 3 years, I only replaced the previous one after 4 years as the impeller is a little pricey, so I figured I'd just replace the whole unit. It's quiet, powerful, and reliable. Never missed a beat. It's definitely not noisy! High quality!!!!
filstar L 9/10/2012
I like this filter, I switched from the API nexx filter which is a bad filter that will leak, and so far the filstar is great. But I can see where it can be a little messy when doing a filter change, but I like it. It not as noisy as some say, the air bubble noise stop after a couple hours, and for the price, it's worth it considering how many gallons it's rated for.
GREAT FILTER 7/25/2012
Reviewer: CHUCK D
ZERO NOISE, ZERO PROBLEMS, WORKS GREAT. HAVE TWO ON ONE TANK 72 GAL. AND ADJUST OUTFLOW FOR THE FISH. YOU CAN NOT GO WRONG WITH THIS FILTER.
I have this filter for around 3 years now and I must say it works great. My water is crystal clear. It doesnt make noise as the other reviewer states. Its actually real quiet. Its easy to prime and clean.
Filstar XP3 7/20/2012
I installed thsi filter and cannot believe how quiet it is. I cannot even tell it is running at all when all noise is quiet in my house. I have to look in the tank to see that there are bubbles.
3X Filstar 7/13/2012
I've had mine on a Reef setting for the last 6 years. Never have I had any problems with it. Runs extremely quiet, great power through out it's life. Easy to clean, simple set-up. I love it. It's a upflow canister, great mechanical and Bio filtration. I use ceramic rocks for the bacteria control, and ChemiPure Marine workes the best with this unit.