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Old 08-31-2009, 02:10 PM   #11
 
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Thanks for your reply Byron, planted thank no UFG, the reason I wanted to put in there a power head was to move around the water in the tank because it was build for a bio wheel filter instalation on one end of thank with has a lengt of 60".
What about the UV filter I want to install with a daily 2 hour operation to eliminate algae in my tank instead of a bristlenose pleco and having just a pair of snails
You're welcome. I've no experience with UV systems so will leave this for those who have to comment.

Not sure what type of snail you're thinking of, but a pair of snails can very quickly becomes many snails if they are a male/female or a snail that reproduces on its own (lke the Malaysian livebearer snail).

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Old 09-15-2009, 06:12 PM   #12
 
Byron, it's called a reverse under gravel filter...and they're generally more efficient and less hassle since they don't clog (flow upwards rather than down into the rock). The intake would be somewhere in the tank, the outlet would go down a under the substrate...something like attaching the outlet to the bubble tower on a regular under gravel. And, that's one of the points of a reverse undergravel...the particulate matter is kept out of the rocks, into the water column, into the intake of the filter where it gets trapped by the filter material...clean water comes out under the rocks and up through the substrate...do this over and over until you have a clean water column...like any other filter...
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:51 PM   #13
 
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Byron, it's called a reverse under gravel filter...and they're generally more efficient and less hassle since they don't clog (flow upwards rather than down into the rock). The intake would be somewhere in the tank, the outlet would go down a under the substrate...something like attaching the outlet to the bubble tower on a regular under gravel. And, that's one of the points of a reverse undergravel...the particulate matter is kept out of the rocks, into the water column, into the intake of the filter where it gets trapped by the filter material...clean water comes out under the rocks and up through the substrate...do this over and over until you have a clean water column...like any other filter...
In a planted aquarium this does not sound very sensible. We want the detrius to settle into the substrate where it can (once broken down by the aerobic and anaerobic bacteria) feed the plant roots. There are those who advocate gravel substrates being no good for plants solely because they are too "clean" and contain no nutrients. While I do not hold that view, it seems this reverse UG filter is even worse.

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Old 09-15-2009, 10:09 PM   #14
 
Ahh, yes, you're right. I didn't pay enough attention to notice it was planted.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:49 AM   #15
 
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Is a very effective form of filtration for unplanted tanks.
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