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Old 07-01-2022, 10:12 PM   #1
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Under gravel Filters?

Years ago, when I first ventured into this wonderful hobby, I had a 29 gallon tank with a hang on back filter and an under gravel filter as well. I am re-entering the hobby and am setting up a new 29 gal tank with both a hang on back filter and an under gravel filter. Is this overkill or am I okay with this set up? I plan on having neons, danios, platys, a few Corys, and maybe a couple of rasboras etc. Thank you in advance
p.s. Should I get fine gravel and/or sand substrate? Thanks

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Undergravel filters are a little out of date, but they used to provide good filtration and still do. They tend to be used in reverse now, so rather than pulling water down through the substrate they move water up through it so detritus goes back into the main body of water where a second filter (like a HOB) can pick up and filter out this detritus.

So your set up will work fine if that's how you want to go. I would go with gravel rather than sand though.

In my opinion, if one filter provides sufficient filtration and cycles the tank, adding another filter wont cycle it more. It will give you redundancy though should 1 filter fail. If you are using a UGF in reverse, that second filter will provide some needed mechanical filtration. The HOB can also be used for some chemical media should it be needed.
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Thank you Aiken, very much

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