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southamericancichlidguy23 11-07-2009 11:52 PM

ok i wann make sure im understanding this right iv been readin so much im confused if i have a filter at the top sucking up junk pouring water back in and i have a under gravel filter thats blows air bulbs out the top vents does this mean i have to filters cleaning or i have one filter cleaning stuff and one filter just blowing air bubbles for fish to breath dang i hate being confused when it comes to stuff :cry:

mollies 11-08-2009 12:15 AM

Well a lot of people have gotten rid of there under gravle filters along time ago. But you would have 2 in a sense. You realy dont need them both unless you like the double filtering. I dont think the under gravle works that great for what i have. So i dont use them. You can run just that see how it works, Then run the other and see witch one works best. IMO.

southamericancichlidguy23 11-08-2009 12:29 AM

lol i been running both for 3 months didnt knw they were to different ones but hey with the two oscars i got i mite wanna keep both going nasty little guys lol cool now i understand how my tanks stays so clean with these guys two filters no kidding i thot it was just some little bubble sytem hmm

Twistersmom 11-08-2009 09:54 AM

If the ugf is working properly, it should suck the dirt into the gravel, making the water appear clean.
So your gravel bed, is working in the same fashion as a filter media pad would. (trapping dirt, a good place for beneficial bacteria to grow)
Although, the ugf, made my water look nice and clear, I got tired of seeing all the dirt that was removed during gravel vacs. Eventually, I chose to remove mine.

southamericancichlidguy23 11-08-2009 11:43 AM

ohhhh i understand it all now its actually simple and good way i got it going thats why my pleco is obessed with the gravel and not the glass lol all the bacteria is down yea i will keep them both hes loving all the bacteria on the rocks lol

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