The API Filstar has just about everything you need inside the box, including canister, tubing, inlet and outlet tubes, a 30 ppi foam pad, a 20 ppi foam pad, and Bio-Star Chem Stars biological filtration media.
Despite coming with filtration media, we found that there was not enough biological media included, so we still had to buy our own for this filter to be at its most effective.
The Filstar is relatively simple to set up; just check out this review by palmer aquatics.
What we really like about the API Filistar
First, the media trays are a simple square shape. No odd shapes or unique cutouts here, which means we can save money by cutting our own media to size.
The build quality is excellent. The canister and connections are made of heavy-duty plastic, and the impeller shaft is stainless steel for increased durability.
This filter is also incredibly easy to prime. Many filters on the market claim to have easy-to-use self-priming systems, but the Filstar actually lives up to its promise. And, the quick-disconnect valve design means you can keep the filter primed even while cleaning it.
No more constant re-priming every time you clean your filter.
When it’s running, the FIlstar is also much quieter than your typical HOB Filter, though it is a bit louder than some other canister filters on the market. It’s still pretty quiet, so if you don’t want the constant hum of a filter disturbing your serene fish tank, this is a great option.
The biggest downsides of this filter are the hoses and hose connections. The hoses are stiff at first, and it can be difficult to get them onto the hose connections. You may have to soak the hoses in hot water or use aquarium-safe grease to get them on.
The included hose clamps are made of plastic and run a little small, so you may want to buy sturdier metal hose clamps.
The Filstar also doesn’t come with a spray bar, and API doesn’t make one. But, there are some options from other manufacturers, or you can find old Rena XP3 accessory packs that come with spray bars.