I finally decided to go with an Ecoxotic 5 gal. cube for the nano shrimp tank that I am putting together for my mother as a gift so I will be trying out this system on that 10"x10" tank and my Fluval Ebi as well.
Just waiting on the the tank to ship (along with two extra 4 liter buckets of Matrix since it appears that I will be going through the stuff at a high rate).
Haven't had much free time (or energy) lately but I might even switch over my empty (but filled with water and floating plants) 20H.
Stable and easy to maintain tanks are right up my (lazy) alley.
Amen man, I'm all about low maintenance. My need is out of neccessity though, I have 6 large shrimp tanks and a bunch of 10g holding tanks PLUS my 50g Oscar tank. That in conjunction with a 60 hour per week job and a small business to run leaves me with just weekends to do tank maintenance.
Great timing I am just about to start putting together a 48 gal tank.
I think that a required disclaimer to this method is probably that these are shrimp specific tanks that prioritize shrimp health over plant growing ability. They are going to be non-planted or lightly planted.
While the UGF pipes appear to be more root tolerant than traditional UGF plates it definitely is worth considering the trade-offs depending upon what your priorities with the tank are.
Madness, once you go ugf with your shrimp tanks....you'll never go back...IMO best filteration system for shrimpies...
My plants also grow just fine in a tube UGF system.
It wouldn't surprise me if the plants grew BETTER. The roots in combination with any sort of UGF system are just one of those long argued over issues in this hobby and the issue is sure to be raised again at some point.
The first tank that I am doing this on is for my mother and I don't trust her to screw around with the pre-filters on the intake to the canisters. I couldn't find a good looking shrimp safe pre-filter anyways.
I didn't get the right quick couplings (not sure how I missed that paragraph) so I will have to pick up the proper ones tommorow if possible. The rest of it came together very quickly and easily, as promised.