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Undergravel WITH sponge filter help
Hello, I currently am running an undergravel filter in a 25 gallon tall (Lightly planted anubias and java fern and I have 11 assorted small fish, molly, platys, tetras, etc. and 3 amano shrimp. I want to turn down the flow on my UGF powerhead and add a sponge filter to the other side on the tank using an airstone. My reason for this is that I set up the tank a 4 months ago and I have read that UGFs can be bad long term. I don't want to remove the entire UGF set up and mess up the tank, but want to maybe add a sponge filter ALSO in the tank and turn down the flow in the UGF low so its only being used a little bit. OR, is it possible to leave the UGF plates and remove the tube and powerhead without causing issues later? I am just trying to get ideas from this community on what other people have done. Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.
The deal with UGF is that you must flush clean them once a year or so. I pull the tops off mine and have water hose in the uplift on one side and drain hose in the uplift on the other side; run that way for 10 mins and then switch them, and run for another 10. To accomplish this without crashing the tank, I have redundant filtration. In your case adding a sponge filter and running everything else the same will work. 3 months after you add the sponge, flush clean the UGF. To reduce the number of things you have plugged in...use air stones in both of the uplift tubes and the sponge filter instead of the power head.
Thank you for your response. This is a great idea. my only issue is, where the uplift tube is attached there is a grate that has slits that are too small to run an airline through to clean it out. I only have one uplift with the powerhead. If I took the uplift out all together after adding the sponge filter and covered the area with gravel, would the stuff left under the plates cause problems? I'm not sure if there is enough goop under the plates yet as its only been running a month. Just trying to figure out the best transition away from the UGF. If I can't clean under it, I want to move away from it. My sponge filter I bought is a double sponge filter with area for media (link below). I'm just wondering if it is enough on its own or if I should just get a canister and be done with it.
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