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Old 09-05-2004, 02:05 AM   #1
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UGF OR NOT

I Have a 20 gallon hex and was wondering if I should take out my under gravel filter.
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Old 09-05-2004, 06:03 AM   #2
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Yes, UGF cause a ton a problems and give no real benefit.
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i used removing my ugf as an excuse to upgrade to a bigger tank made it much less painful
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If your not growing plants, or have another reason to have a lot of gravel, I'd say dump the UGF as well. They are a good tool in certain situations, but in most just result in a ton more work than other means of Bio Filtering. I'd say get a good bio-wheel, and call it good!!!

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I've been told an UGF is a nightmare with SW tanks. Since the substrate is finer than gravel, it can just get sucked up into your filter.
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Thanks guys, but where would I put a bio wheel on my aquarium? My protein skimmer takes up the back of the tank.
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No need for a biowheel. Just push lots of water around the tank and the rocks in the tank will provide for bio-filtration.
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If you have 20 to 40 lbs of lr there will not be a problem
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I've been told an UGF is a nightmare with SW tanks. Since the substrate is finer than gravel, it can just get sucked up into your filter.
Well it getting sucked up is not such a problem because you could just reverse the flow, But it still isn't worth it to get a uf.
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