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post #1 of 4 Old 11-02-2011, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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I'm trying to cycle a 30 gallon tank for 3 fantail goldfish and I was wondering if I could get away with just an undergravel filter? I don't have a lot of money so I'm hoping i dont HAVE to buy a canister filter but I will if i need it.
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-02-2011, 12:36 PM
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I have never used an UG filter, but I have heard they are not all that effective at filtering and are out dated. You can use a sponge filter which works really well and is really cheap. I got mine for $16 from Dr. Foster and Smith. The filter was 6.99 and the air pump was 8.99.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-02-2011, 04:00 PM
The UGF will work fine for you AS LONG AS you routinely use a gravel siphon to keep the gravel clean.
When you have extra cash, you can think about another filter.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-02-2011, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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A few years ago, I usead the tank for cichlids (its now empty) but they survived for years with just a UG filter and the tank was never too dirty, but I did vacuum the gravel once a week so hopefully ill be able to do the same thing again. Thanks :)
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