API nexx FILTER Pre-filter Foam 2-pack
For a really clean tank!
I have used this filter for about 4 months now. Bought this for my 55 gal tank, but upgraded to 75 gal before I installed it. I purchased one add-on canister to cover the extra volume. The canisters are easy to attach together, and installation is pretty simple. Like API claims, it does take just a few minutes to change the filter media. I just remove one canister and take it to the sink for rinsing and media replacement, and the other canister continues to run. Makes it simple because I clean one canister now and the other the next time I do tank maintenance. Also nice as a backup if something happens to one canister. I found all the parts, including the inserts that hold the media, to be durable.
March 26, 2013
I love this filter.
Easy to clean as advertised. Media lasts longer than other filter I was using. Water in 55 gal tank crystal clear. If using the Foam pad on the bottom they MUST be changed every three months or the filter will stop working. I thought the cloudiness was due to medication I was using but infact water had totally stopped filtering through. The foam pads were completely clogged even though I rinsed thoroughly with each water change. My only conplaint about this filter is that there are no real assembly instructions with it. Have to go online.
December 9, 2012
Not worth the money
Pros: I do like how the pump is on the inside of the aquarium. This lets it prime itself. GENIUS!
Cons: The insides of the filter are made out of cheap plastic that seem like they will break in routine maintenance. Kinda looks like fisher price plastic. There's not really much room for different kinds of media either. I'm also monitoring a micro leak coming out of the seal to the media container.
June 8, 2012
nothing but amonia
I don't know who these people are that are giving these good reviews. This filter just does not cut it. I have the filter and an extension. and it does much less than a single HOT. The basic design seams to be a good one, but they lost it with the poor filtration modules. there is very little carbon and surface area in the overpriced filter packets. I don't see way to easily add real filtration. Also, as previously mentioned, the filter cartridge holder seam very fragile, but so far I haven't broken one. These are not real canister filters. Don't waste you money. Get something else.
March 31, 2013