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Old 11-18-2004, 09:59 PM   #1
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Should I install an undergravel filter for a 30g tall tank?

My LFS has suggested that I install an undergravel filter. LFS says that it will improve the filtration of the substrate and add beneficial nutrients. Keep in mind that I just completely re-started cycling my tank (fish still doing ok). What do you think? Oh, here's a pic of the tank.
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Old 11-18-2004, 10:14 PM   #2
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Have a look at this link. It goes through a lot of points.

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Old 11-18-2004, 10:15 PM   #3
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Most people hate undergravel filters along with myself.
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Nope - no reason at all to do that.
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I wouldn't recommend using a UGF. Your power filter is more than adequate to handle the job of filtration as long as you vacume the gravel periodically. You should especially avoid a UGF if you are going to have live plants.
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Thanks guys...once again, bad advice from LFS goes up in flames!
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What lfs are you going to? I would not want their advice. I have never had any luck with the ugf. The stagnant water around the outside of the grating turns poisons as duritis build up over time.
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i have ugfs on 2 of my tanks and i hate them, mostly because about every six months it breaks down for some reason and you have to fullt take apart the tank and clean everything.
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bluefire,
Have you considered changing your UGF to reverse flow? That will eliminate most of the problems associated with this type of filtration. I would not recommend using this type of filtration on a new setup, but if you already have it, reverse flow is the way to go.
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UGF are old school and way out dated.
Get yourself a good Hang On Back filter like the AquqClear 500 or a good canister filter like a Fluval 404.
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