Just to clarify - UGF
's are on the way out in this hobby. Its safe to say that only die-hard UGF
users still bother to use them. Yes they work, but not with sand, which is the preferred SW
's have to be pulled up every 12 months and cleaned. This isn't a good thing for any tank..to have it's substrate completely disturbed...and probably removed (how else would you put the plate back under the substrate?)
I'm also confused by this, "i have a cpr bak pak but im not planing on using the filter part and going with the berlen method."
what 'filter part'? the cpr bak-pak is just a skimmer. there's no filter in it..just a pump and the skimmer box.