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Old 01-22-2006, 10:04 PM   #1
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DSB vrs UGF

I have heard a lot about DSB and UGF for biological filtration. Which is better? If DSB then how deep should i make it and should i add live sand.
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i think alot of members would agree to avoid using a ugf
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:19 AM   #3
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I would avoid an UGF if at all possible. Keep in mind that a true DSB needs to be about 6 inches deep and can bring along their own set of problems. I would recommend a 2-3in sand bed with plenty of LR.
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Almost no one will recommend an UGF anymore. in fact, most people don't recommend DSB either. As lando says, LR (and a good skimmer) is where it's at.
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what are some good skimmer brands?
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what are some good skimmer brands?
Bak Pak Skimmer
Coralife super skimmer
AquaC Remora Pro
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depends on the size of the tank, and whether it's in-sump or hang on tank
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depends on the size of the tank, and whether it's in-sump or hang on tank

I agree
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From his\her previous posts lionfishlover stated that he\she has a 40 gal which would fit the skimmers I recommended. I should have stipulated size is an issue but I also feel that “some” research into that area should be done by the fish owner as well.
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