Some people here are very much against UGF
. I have used them without problems. I think the trick is to maintain the UGF
by having a total teardown every year or 2, and to suction under the plates frequently.
However, since you are using a powerhead, why not set up a reversed UGF
system. Basically, you hook up your powerhead to the UGF
to pump water INTO the UGF
(that's opposite the usual flow direction of a UGF
). this is supposed to help keep particulates suspended & preventing clogging of the UGF
is really an elegant solution for aquarium filtration, IMO
, except for its tendency to clog up with gunk underneath the plates, which causes major problems.>
I have no personal experience with rUGF, so can't vouch for its efficacy. However, my wet-dry is hooked up to a UGF
plate for hidden water distribution. This is not a classic UGF
setup, as I do not have the deep gravel bed overtop <just river rocks to hide the plate>. I've had no clogging problems in over 1.5 years .... but this shouldn't be generalized to an UGF
with a gravel bed.
The rUGF will keep particulates suspended, so your water won't be as clear. You'll need some other filter to take the particulates out. Your internal filter should fit the bill, as long as it is of adaquate size.