Originally Posted by Thilligoss73
I've got a little bit of experience with aquarium keeping....I had several when I was younger, and now have gotten back to having one...but I've always been in the habit of using the undergravel filters in them. I've noticed that it's rare to see the ugly lift tubes in aquariums anymore, and I'd like to get rid of mine if I could. Can anyone shed on any light as to how beneficial these are? Can I get just as good of filteration with just the hang-on-the-back type filter? Maybe I'm just "old school" in my thinking.
Undergravel filters have indeed become something of a relic of the past (although some of us still use them). While they were the marvel of their time in terms of effectiveness, many of todays hang-on-back or canister filters are just as effective, if not more so, and generally require less maintanence. So to answer your questions, yes UGFs are effective (if properly maintained), but you can with peace of mind, get rid of those ugly lift tubes by going to a HOB
or canister filter. Of course, then you're replacing the UGF
lift tubes with intakes and outlets of the other filters. So really, it just comes down to a matter of which you prefer and which you want to maintain.