undergravel filter with live plants - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 3
undergravel filter with live plants

Im from the old school and havent set up a tank in 15-20 yrs..i found my old equipment and ready to set up tank. 55gallon..marineland canister filer....undergravel filter with 2 power heads...i want to get into LIVE PLANTS...Can i use mu UNDERGRAVEL FILTER and still have live plants...?? I am A NEWJACK when it comes to live plants...
ricsin1 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 08:20 AM
Wannabe Guru
steven p's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: columbus, ne
Posts: 1,528
Generally speaking, roots will clog the UGF. Setting it up in reverse would probably work better if you insist on using it.
steven p is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 12:09 PM
Planted Tank Guru
roadmaster's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Missouri united states
Posts: 4,982
Most UG application's use fairly thin layer of substrate to be most effective.(water moves better).
Might leave some stem plant's or plant's with large root structure wanting for more substrate to keep themselves anchored?
roadmaster is online now  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 3
quick question - what do you mean by "setting it up in reverse " ? How does this work?
ricsin1 is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 06:43 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
Sake's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: st louis missouri
Posts: 861
having water flow out of the filter instead of into it is reverse.

You shouldn't take life to seriously. You'll never get out alive.
Sake is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 08:25 PM
Planted Tank Guru
lochaber's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 2,318
I'd just skip the undergravel.

If you plant the tank fairly heavily, the plants will do a lot of the filtration for you. The cannister filter would probably pick up the slack, and provide circulation. In the event that the cannister filter isn't enough, just use one (or both) of the powerheads with a sponge/prefilter attachment.

As well as being too deep for effective undergravel filtration, a lot of the substrates are also too fine-grained.

For setting it up in reverse, you would reverse the powerheads, so that they push the water down the tubes, and into the filter, and then up through the gravel.

If you really do want to use the UGF, maybe stick to plants like java fern, anubias, bolbitis, moss, etc., that attach to the hardscape. And floaters.
lochaber is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 11:38 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
proaudio55's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Blaine, Minnesota
Posts: 641
Ditto the above... when I first got started with live plants I left my UGF in place. **Fast forward 6 months** when I cleaned out that tank, my bigger plants had completely snarrled their roots into the filter plates. It ended up being a huge hassle and I threw away the UGF (once I cut my plants free).
proaudio55 is offline  

filter, undergravel

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome