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Old 03-28-2012, 05:03 PM   #11
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A strong powerhead is needed to properly run a UGF. This is how the fish food/poop doesnt stay on the bottom and it actually gets filtered through.
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Yea I was planning on using a power head or possibly 2, one on each side, The wide area of good bacterial growth is what turned me to UGF, would having another filter system such as an HOB or canister help keep the "junk" out of the tank while still allowing for the bacteria growth?
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:16 PM   #13
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A strong powerhead is needed to properly run a UGF. This is how the fish food/poop doesnt stay on the bottom and it actually gets filtered through.

There is no reason to get an ugf unless you enjoy taking your tank completely apart, periodically, so you can clean your filthy grate.

http://www.bestfish.com/ug.html
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I don't have a problem with this expansive cleaning once in a while as I already do this with my other tank, yes weekly maintenance is much easier and I do this but I also enjoy extreme cleans on occasion.

My reason for A UGF is more for the bacterial growth and better water flow. As I have read that the constant circulation of water UGF's create helps with oxygen content in taller tanks. Is this true?
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I don't have a problem with this expansive cleaning once in a while as I already do this with my other tank, yes weekly maintenance is much easier and I do this but I also enjoy extreme cleans on occasion.

My reason for A UGF is more for the bacterial growth and better water flow. As I have read that the constant circulation of water UGF's create helps with oxygen content in taller tanks. Is this true?
If its just a matter of drawing water to the bottom of the tank you just lower your intake.
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I think you wanted sand, so why not go with an hob or canister. Your still going to be vacuuming the sand from the bottom so you can save yourself some maintenance by getting an hob.
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Another filter idea, somewhat like HOB, is an above-tank filter. I just DIY'd one myself out of acrylic, sits on top of the tank where a piece of top glass would normally go, powerhead in the tank to pump it up there and a siphon (plus a couple of overflows just in case) to return it to the tank.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:47 PM   #18
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I think you wanted sand, so why not go with an hob or canister. Your still going to be vacuuming the sand from the bottom so you can save yourself some maintenance by getting an hob.
I may end up doing just that. It just seemed like a good project but I do think I am going the sand route. Thanks for the help!
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