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Old 06-07-2005, 08:58 AM   #1
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Undergravel Filters

are undergravel filters as affective and the bio wheel filters because they seems pretty cheap...like there is one at petsmart for 5.00!! but im looking at the one that is 14.99 because of the higher price does that mean its better ? im just interested in the undergravel filters because i hear they are better, any ideas ? and what type of filter to use!
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Old 06-07-2005, 08:59 AM   #2
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oops! i meant to say are undergravel filters as affective as the bio wheel filters
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:02 AM   #3
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dont use ugfs they cause tonnes of problems and ull just end up ripping it out!!!
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really ? thanks, thats some info. that i can use, but ur sure they arent as good?
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Over the past decade or so the use of UGF has been downplayed to the point that they are rarely used given todays better options. A UGF filter will ultimately create more problems versus any good they may do. High nitrates for example. Also, down the road should the UGF need to be removed you risk exposing your fish to all of the BAD things that accumalate under the filter plates. Here is a link to an article that convinced me to stay away from UGF in my tank. Hope it helps. Canister and power filter filtration are definitely the way to go on your average community tanks. Of course there are better options as well for reef situations, etc. that I am not versed in. HTH

http://www.bestfish.com/ug.html
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:05 AM   #6
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bio wheels are better by a long shout
i recommend canister filter but if not go for a bio wheel.
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:06 AM   #7
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hmm...thanks guys. i think ill go with a different filter than the ugf now.
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haha. wait a second here. call me stupid but whats a canister filter ?
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:09 AM   #9
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a canister filter is a filter that sits outside the tank and u run 2 hoses to the tank.
canister allow u to habve different medi in it and u can ajust the output..
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:11 AM   #10
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oh okay, well are those better that bio wheel filters ?
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