01-25-2012, 10:07 AM
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I vote no on the UGF.
Back in the day they were a great economical filter for both mechanical and biological AS LONG AS the gravel was routinely cleaned. Many didn't do that and the detritus in the gravel quickly became a nitrate factory and heaven forbid if/when there's a power failure and anaerobic bacteria begin producing toxic gases.
Also, with modern filters and bio-media, the old school UGF is better left in the past. You will have plenty of filtration with a proper sized HOB or canister filter with no need for UGF and power heads.
For HOB's, consider Hagen AquaClear or Hagen Fluval C series.
For canisters, Eheim, Rena and Fluval are top contenders.
Last edited by AbbeysDad; 01-25-2012 at 10:09 AM..