API SUPERCLEAN Power Filter Model 5-20 Filter (Mfg# 780A)
Inexpensive hard to find filters
I have gone to several Chain Pet Stores and they don't even carry these filters.I use to buy from an online site and the prices tripled in one year. Here I found them cheaper than what I was buying them at and had them quickly. Great People to buy from. Thank you
July 26, 2015
I am a casual but diligent aquarist. I bought the Superclean 50 for a 30 gallon tank when the canister filter developed a leak that could have easily ruined the floor. So this is my first hang-on-tank filter. It has no openings in the container to leak. The water flow is variable, and I have it wide open with no overflow problems. It has a clever rack for hanging cylindrical biological filter media, so no noisy wheel spinning. It is super quiet. I stirred the bottom up considerably and it took overnight to totally clarify the water but it DID. The simplicity of dropping a cartridge in greatly facilitates cleaning, where I had to totally dismantle the canister (and it was hard to get to anyway). Filter cartridges will not cost that much if purchased in bulk. I do not as yet know about durability, so can't give five stars, but my very expensive canister failed catastrophically after only 1 1/2 years, a failure that could have cost me a floor (fortunately the water was contained in a tray that the filter was sitting in). My only requirements are clean water, quiet, leak free operation and healthy fish. The simplicity of popping in a filter cartridge and the ability to suspend biological media without a clattering wheel make this a very satisfactory purchase for me.
July 20, 2014
I'm an advanced aquarist been in the hobby many years and tried many filters this one is not special at all. The price is high for and it comes with a lot of little annoyances. First problem is it leaks back through the u pipe it is not sealed properly. Second it leaks some more , I think they cheaped out this time on the filter box its too small for the gph of the pump I got the 50 model but I'm sure its the same filter box size as the 30 just with stronger pump and the water is too much for the little box it flows back over the u pipe.3rd can't customize at all so those that want to add floss or Xtra media will cause more back spill over u pipe. 4th water bypasses the filter pad is not strong enough and gets a lot of bypass after becoming dirty will cave in and allow all kinds of water to get by the filter pad, so much for date timer the pad needs to be checked often. Last the intake tube is flimsy just another point they cheaped out, the surface skimmer doesn't do much if anything still got a lot of surface junk and the tube doesn't extend very far so not for tall tanks. All in all the filter works hence the three stars, there are better filters out there though so this would not be a filter I would recommend but it keeps the water clear and my fish alive also its not loud just a low buzz so its acceptable not exceptional
February 11, 2014
The concept is great, but....
It started leaking within two weeks. I purchased it to control phosphates.
I had the media in there for the two weeks. It didn't reduce them at all. Very disappointed.
January 20, 2015