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Old 03-08-2006, 09:47 PM   #1
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Which filter??

Well, I have a 10 gallon tank and I'm trying to figure out which filter to use. I have a power filter that came with the aquarium and an undergravel filter. I also wanted to know if I need both sides of the undergravel filter working or just one? Thanks

I also wanted to know if it would be better to run them both.
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Old 03-08-2006, 09:56 PM   #2
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I wouldn't even bother with the undergravel, they tend to cause more trouble than anything and changing it out later is a big mess. The best filter for a tank that size in an HOB, most recomend the aquaclear series due to the ease of use and durability. Don't be afraid to go bigger than the manufacturer recomends either, you can always turn the flow of the filter down if it is running to fast.
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Old 03-08-2006, 10:21 PM   #3
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Use both. UGF's are not bad. They can be efficiently cleaned by sticking the siphon hose down the uptube. They are excellent biological filters, using your gravel as the substrate. There are also excellent passive mechanical filters, keeping the gunk out of sight.

That said, they do have drawbacks. They are not good for plants that are heavy root feeders (I use a ugf and keep my plants in pots). They cannot be used as the sole filter. They cannot be used with fine substrates (sand). They require a powerhead or an air pump to operate.
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Old 03-08-2006, 10:27 PM   #4
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sorry im kinda confused, when you say i should both do you mean both filters or both sides of the undergravel? I ask because at the moment im runnin the power filter and only 1 side of the undergravel because my air pump doesnt seem to be strong enough for both sides.
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I don't wanna knock ya apocalyse_gold but i'd say 95% or more people here would say scrap the UGF.. I personally would get rid of it. just my 2 cents
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Oh no.. not the UGF debate..

ok.. if its a fry tank then the UGF could stay IMHO
And if all the other input cap's are on only one side of the plate is fine.

normal fish tank.. Its not a maintace frendly filtration method.. I would find another sorce of filtration..

What powerfilter did you tank come with.. Do you know how many gallons per hour it pumps? If you have 50gph+ I would get rid of the UGF..

And if it were a fry tank I would get rid of the Powerfilter and get a better airpump.. (that is if I was going to use the UGF)
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I wouldn't even bother with the undergravel, they tend to cause more trouble than anything and changing it out later is a big mess. The best filter for a tank that size in an HOB, most recomend the aquaclear series due to the ease of use and durability. Don't be afraid to go bigger than the manufacturer recomends either, you can always turn the flow of the filter down if it is running to fast.
I must agree strongly, I have found undergravel filters to be a bad choice also!
Go with the HOB.
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I have sucessfully used UGF's.. It was before other filtration methods were very popular. I do think there is an application left that they still exell at and that being fry tanks (but sponge or corner filters would do the same job with less effort). If your current HOB is not up to task for the bio-load simply ditching the UGF might be a mistake. I would make sure my HOB was up to task before reliving the UGF of its duties.
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Old 03-09-2006, 04:10 PM   #9
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he said use both, the ugf and the hob filter.
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I wouldn't even have that underground filter going. Just go out and get yourself a good power filter. You really doesn't want to have both going actually. Many people suggest Aqua-Clear power filters. I read up on them a tad and they seem to be really good filters. And also go a step up with the power filter. LIke if it says does up to 10 gallons....go with the next one up.
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