We have just purchased a used 30 gallon that has not been used in 3 years. It came with a LOT of accessories, parts and such. I can't be certain what some of the pieces go to.
Here is a list of the major equipment I have:
33 Gallon tank (36'' x 12'' x 18'')
2x 18'' Lights (think they're 20W)
2x Whisper 3 filters (think its an older less powerful version of this http://www.aquariumguys.com/whisperpower2.html
36'' Undergravel filter /w 2 tubes
Penguin 550 Powerheard
Penguin 660R Powerheard
Hagen Elite 802 Air Pump
2x Hagen Optima 807 Air Pumps
I'm planning on doing a fishless cycle using both the Whisper 3 filters and the UGF with small pebbles as substrate.
From how the previous owner had it set-up it seems that both the 550 and 660 powerheads were put on the UGF in normal flow. I think I have all the parts to change the 660 to reverse flow though.
1. Should I try to set the 660 in reverse flow with the UGF, then use the 550 to just add a current/aeration to the water? Or use both powerheads for the UGF?
2. If I use the UGF in reverse mode will it be able to provide enough aeration for the tank?
3. With the 2 Whisper filters do I even Need to use the UGF?
4. What substrate should I use? Right now I'm planning on small rocks because that's what came with my tank. I'd like to eventually have some live plants. I've read of Flourite/Laterite and gravel mix, or Eco-Complete. What substrate would be good if I plan on using a UGF?
I'm new to aquariums but I'm pedantic and have been reading a lot. Would just like suggestions and critiques.