01-16-2007, 10:10 PM
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OK. Once again,to those claiming to have the wisdom of the gods are putting down ug filter plates, allow me, once again, to try to set things back to an even keel.
UG filters have their place in the hobby. Yes, they are prone, under extreme circumstances, to clogging and uneven flow. These maladies can, and are significantly abated by the use of reverse flow power heads in lieu of being driven by air pumps or even powerheads in traditional operation. This is not a new theory. As far back as 1987, such outstanding fish keepers as Tim Keopp, Bob McDononald and others were publishing their observations in Tropical Fish Hobbiest magazine. It took a lady by the name of Deloris Scheerer, a fantastic breeder of fish from the Detroit area, to show me the benefits of this process. This lady could breed fish by throwing them on a sponge!!!!
I will say that any single type of filtration is NOT the answer to outstanding tank maintainance, but a combination of methods, used simultaneously, is, was, and always will be, the most effective means of tank maintenance.
It has taken me 40+ years in this hobby to form this hypothesis. I have noticed that many who post views that are nothing more than misinformation have, for the most part, a mere fraction of time in the hobby. Many are all about the latest and greatest "new mousetrap" that comes on the market and are caught up in the glitz in owning such contraptions.
So, before you speak, make sure you have ALL of the facts, and that you are not promoting a "flash in the pan" idea that some marketing guru has put out there for you to swallow "hok, line, and sinker".