Chueyboy, as you know, I am a filstar fan, and have never owned a fluval. I too did a lot of research on the internet before buying an XP, and the reasons for choosing one, is the price compared to other filters with the same gph
rate, separate media baskets, self priming, and it has an automatic shut-off when the motor is about to over-heat. I found this last feature handy when I came home this week and found the intake tube on the bottom of my tank. Who knows how long it had been that way :P .