This product is a very unique product to the turtle care world. It features a canister filter body, with super productive jets to effectively suck, and push the water back out of the canister. It also has very strong plastic tubing so your guaranteed that if set up right, you wont spring a leak. It also have an activated carbon filter so no harmful ammonia or bacteria will go into the turtle tank. Also, as another cycling agent, it features a unique ceramic bead type filtering material. The ceramic beads keep all the major debri from going back into the tank, too. Plus, there is a breathable pad type filter material that slides over the pipe that sucks the water back into the tank. You also have the choice of making the water come out in a stream or in a "rain" type feature. Overall this filter gets an A in my book because it is stylish, effective and works very well for the turtle I own. So, if your not looking to spend hundreds of dollars on a filter for your turlte. This would be the way to go. Thanks for reading my article, hope you read more, bye.