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Filstar XP1
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Description: Rena Filstar multi-stage, by-pass free system is highly efficient and versatile. The extremely quiet Filstar XP is great for all types of aquariums. It has a large media capacity, strong flow rates and solid construction combined with ease of maintenance.

Easy Installation:
Adjustable Height inlet tube, fits even the deepest aquariums.
Modular outlet system adjusts to any aquarium.
160 degree rotation of inlet/outlet nozzles.


Easy to Use:
Self-priming, easy start system.
Unique one-step water shut-off and disconnect control lever.
Easily accessible flow control from above tank level.
Disposable filtration pouches for easy clean-up.
Multi-use filtration baskets with handles for easy maintenance.
Built in handles for easy carrying of filter during maintenance.
Easily accessible impeller.

Maximum Performance:
Efficient 3-stage filtration: mechanical, chemical & Biological.
Bypass-free: ensures complete water flow through the filter media. (see picture below)
Maximum capacity baskets hold large amounts of filtration media.
Long-life shaft will not degrade, even in salt water.

Maximum Reliability:
Unique anti-airlock system ensures continuous flow.
Self-locking water shutoff system prevents accidental flow during maintenance.
Rubber feet prevent slipping and dampen noise and vibration
Barbed nozzles and safety clips (included) ensure a water tight connection.
Anti-overheating design protects motor if filter is clogged.


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Sully

Registered: November 2005
Posts: 153
Review Date: Sun December 11, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $59.99 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: High flow Rate, easy priming and cleaning
Cons: Slight Computer hum

The Filstar XP1 works very well on my 29 gallon tank. It has an extremely high flow rate. My tank is heavily planted, and still I have to toggle down the flow b/c it blows the plants to kindom kum. Priming is simple, has its own reprimer thing. I suggest filling the basket canister with water first, and then snapping on the lid because it's easier to prime this way without going back and refilling the tank.

There is a slight computer hum to the filter. But this will be hidden away when tucked underneath a cabinet. I have mine in the open, and I do notice the little hum (its quieter than a computer hum) but its worth it for the good flow and the price. These filters are suppose to last forever. So far so good.

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frankthetank

Registered: July 2004
Posts: 5
Review Date: Thu May 18, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Nice cheap filter, great water quality, spraybar included
Cons: Not self priming, no prime pump, small media space.

Great filter! I've used the Fluval 205 on my 25 gallon tank before and it worked, but the cleaning of it was problematic and the lines got all clogged up. So far this filter has given me none of those problems, and the water is clearer than it ever was with the Fluval. In addition, the spraybar that is included can be mounted vertically which causes less surface agitation for those of us with planted tanks and CO2. The plastic used also seems to be of higher quality than the Fluval, and the base is wider promoting more stability.

The only two cons I have are:
1. You have to prime the filter by filling up the hoses using a supplied funnel, which takes a few minutes and can result in spillage. The Fluval and Eheims have priming pumps.
2. The XP1 has only one basket for filtration media, so if you plan on using lots of bio balls, filter sponges, and other media, go for the next size up becuase it has 2 filter baskets.
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subundaortus
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Registered: June 2006
Location: Georgia
Posts: 9
Review Date: Thu October 12, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Easy to set up, quiet, cleans water perfectly, good price, very easy and quick to clean
Cons:

Excellent product! Would definitely buy again and highly recommend it.

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gheitman
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Champaign, Illinois
Posts: 299
Review Date: Tue September 25, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $52.99 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: inexpensive, easy to use, reliable, quiet, easy to clean
Cons: may need to be reprimed after cleaning

I've had my Filstar for just over two years now and think it is one of the best purchases for my aquarium I ever made. I have it under my 30 gallon tank and it replaced a Penguin BIO-Wheel 330 HOB filter. The Filstar was easy to set up, it takes up less space in the aquarium, it is much quieter and it provides excellent filtration. It is so quiet I can't tell if it is on unless I touch the filter (to feel the vibrations) or look at the currents from the output. After switching to this filter I noticed an immediate increase in the growth rate of my plants due to the lower surface agitation causing less CO2 loss. The filter is so easy to clean. Once a month I disconnect it, replace the micro-filtration pad with a new one and squeeze the other pads out in tank water. The only downside, and this is a very small one, is that occasionally after cleaning I have to reprime the filter but this is very easy to do.

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12 tanks, 201 gallons, 20+ species of fish/shrimp/snails, 52+ species of plants ... 9 years ago I just wanted 1 tank with some fish - what was I thinking
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