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Spec- With reverse UGF ?

Just bought a second 2G spec for another Betta. Has anyone every tried hooking the output to a DIY PVC UGF to create a Reverse UGF? I think it would calm down the current and provide more Bio filter, while keeping the gravel cleaner.

Any thoughts or comments on this plan?
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Just bought a second 2G spec for another Betta. Has anyone every tried hooking the output to a DIY PVC UGF to create a Reverse UGF? I think it would calm down the current and provide more Bio filter, while keeping the gravel cleaner.

Any thoughts or comments on this plan?
I was confused upon first read... And on second read I realized that is GENIUS.

It works on a few levels.. Pushes water through the stones.. Keeping a good circulation, keeping aeration, filtering more water probably..

How would you go about it? I'm half considering a second spec, and I'm currently redoing my first one.

Very cool idea.


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Is there any 1/2 PVC to 1/4 inch reducers? Or is 1/4 PVC, elbows, and T's available?
I could just build the whole thing in 1/4 inch if so.
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I'm not great with my hands. The last thing I built with PVC pipe was a marshmallow gun.

I'd be willing to contribute to the thought process in any way possible lol.


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Started today, just have to go get a couple more pvc fittings. I found some leftover tubing from an old canister that seems to fit the outflow. Will post some pics as soon as I am finished.

Marshmallow gun? I have a killer ABS potato cannon. Lol
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Sounds great

And yeah shows you how long ago I worked with it!


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I use it in one of my shrimp tanks it seems to do fine. The tanks parameters are on point and have nothing to complain about. Although, I wish my filter was a little more stronger since I have like more than an inch of fluval stratum.

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Well, it is finished (for now). I built a simple UGF out of PVC.


Found a piece of spare tubing that fit the outflow nice and tight, and secured it with a zip tie. So far the current is very minimal and the betta is happier. I did not want to make cuts on the tube from the pump as this would decrease filtration. We'll see how this holds up, but so far so good. Total cost was under 10$.

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Is it possible to get a black piece of PVC. And run it straight down?

Anyways very interesting contraption


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You can paint the pvc black with krylon. There is not much of the outflow elbow that sticks throught the filter wall into the aquarium. I used the flexible tube because I was kinda in a rush to set it up. I am sure you could run an elbow straight down, the hard part would be securing it to the outflow so it doesn't pop off under pressure. Some threaded fittings that size would be nice.
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Can we see a picture of the tube inside the filter space? I want to see how the tube that goes to the PVC connects with the filter.
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would it be possible to drill a hole where the pump is and connect it directly? this would hide everything
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Spec- With reverse UGF ?

So I tried this on my spec. I used spare parts from old filters. I used some clear tubing I had lying around. I used and elbow to attach it to the filters output. I ran it down straight and coiled the tubing in a circle on the bottom. I drilled holes into the tubing about 1/2 inch apart. The I added the gravel and stones. It has been running for a couple of weeks now. My Betta is very happy with the low flow and the tank remains clean. I wish I would have taken pics before adding the gravel but you can see the tubing running straight down and a happy Betta




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Spec- With reverse UGF ?

Excellent! How'd you structure the underneath?

As in the shape?

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Spec- With reverse UGF ?

It's flexible clear tubing. I just let it coil into a circle naturally before adding the gravel. Works great.
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