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Old 01-06-2004, 10:49 AM   #11
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I've tried to deal with that waste several times in the past when I used them, and thought I was gretting it pretty well, until I broken down my tank and saw the sewage under my UGF. That was the last time for me, and I've had several successful tanks since I quit using them.
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Old 01-06-2004, 12:46 PM   #12
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Okay, so I have a 26 gal bow that I retro-fitted a ugf in and that is currently my only filtration. I still have my temporary residents in from cycling months ago and will be purchasing my puffers and scats in a few weeks.

Do you guys suggest any changes in my filtration? Should I leave the ugf? Should I add an hob? Or should I remove the ugf and add an hob?
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I personally would add a HOB, if it was my choice, just after having had UGF's in the past, and like Bearfan, not enjoying the "sewage" (perfect description!) that stays under there. At some point you would have to deal with said sewage, and some get a syphon started with a long piece of airline tubing and suck out the gunk, but if you have the opportunity, before things get settled, I would switch it. You may have a mini-cycle result from the disturbance of getting it out, but better now than when you have a carefully selected community of fish in there.

There is certainly nothing wrong with keeping it in there, and using it as your filtration, as many do this and have done this. You can put a powerhead on the uplift tube and run it in reverse as reverse flow UGF and get a small HOB to supplement, and then you won't have to worry about the trapped particles so much. Coin toss!
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Old 01-06-2004, 09:52 PM   #14
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I run a UGF because it came with my (free) tank. I think when I move I will rip it out because now I want the thing gone, lol.

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ugf are ok for smaller tanks and you don't get small bowfronts
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Oh, also in terms of tbonem91 and me removing the UGF, a thought is that you could remove and thorougly clean one panel a week or so, until you eventually have all of the grates removed. That way you don't disturb all of the bacteria at once. I think that's what I'll do. I have 3 plates with 3 tubes that need to come out.
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