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The Big Buddha 09-10-2012 09:45 PM

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?

MABJ 09-10-2012 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by The Big Buddha (Post 2006713)
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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The Big Buddha 09-10-2012 11:20 PM

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.

MABJ 09-11-2012 08:49 PM

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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The Big Buddha 09-11-2012 10:06 PM

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

MABJ 09-11-2012 10:17 PM

Sounds great :)

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


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ren 09-12-2012 05:23 AM

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.

The Big Buddha 09-17-2012 09:53 AM

Well, it is finished (for now). I built a simple UGF out of PVC.
http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/...a/DSCF4694.jpg

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$.

http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/...a/DSCF4696.jpg

MABJ 09-17-2012 01:07 PM

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

Anyways very interesting contraption


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The Big Buddha 09-17-2012 02:25 PM

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.

davidwes 05-07-2013 04:37 PM

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.

umdterps96 05-07-2013 05:00 PM

would it be possible to drill a hole where the pump is and connect it directly? this would hide everything

umdterps96 06-04-2013 01:48 AM

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

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/06/04/jenuzu2u.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/06/04/behusape.jpg

MABJ 06-04-2013 01:50 AM

Spec- With reverse UGF ?
 
Excellent! How'd you structure the underneath?

As in the shape?

umdterps96 06-04-2013 02:38 AM

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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