Hello and thank you for reading my review on the API Filstar XPL Canister Filter. This filter was formerly known as the Rena XP3 Canister Filter but has recently been re-branded under the API name. There are some differences though, but only in the accessories the filter comes with.
- Flow Rate: 350 Gallons per hour (GPH) / 1350 Liters per hour (LPH)
- Loaded Flow Rate: 187 Gallons per hour (GPH) / 706 Liters per hour (LPH)
- Aquarium Size: Up to 175 Gallons (660 Liters)
- Power: 28 Watts
Included in box:
- XPL Canister Filter with 3 media baskets
- Two 59″ lengths of flexible tubing
- Intake tubing with suction cups
- Output nozzle with suction cups
- One 30 ppi foam square
- One 20 ppi foam square
- One fine filter pad
- Five Bio-Chem Stars
- One bag of Bio-Chem Zorb (Activated Carbon)
- Instructions Continue reading
I’m in the process of writing up a review of my new API Filstar XPL (use to be called Rena XP3) Canister Filter when I thought I could also share how I go about cleaning the thing. This can be helpful for people who have never owned a canister filter and are interested in knowing what is involved in cleaning them. I know for myself I was a bit hesitant in thinking it would be pretty complex compared to the basic HOB (Hang on Back) filters. Continue reading
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I really like this heater, even though it is costly for its wattage.
Small tanks, typically used for Bettas, always have the issue of heating them and due to their small size most heaters will not fit. Well, this small 25W heater works perfectly in my 5.5 gallon aquarium easily fitting vertically with plenty of space to spare above and below. Continue reading