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Old 02-19-2004, 04:13 AM   #1
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hey i am new in plantedtank.net and also new in aqua-planting...and i am wondering is it okay to use an undergrave filter for a planted aquariumm...and if i do use a diy injector with a hagen diffuser...will it cause to much co2
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Old 02-19-2004, 04:24 AM   #2
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I use the hagen ladder for my DIY CO2 on my 10 gallon. No problems.
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Old 02-19-2004, 04:29 AM   #3
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thanks...how about the undergravel filter? will it be okay...thanks for the very fast reply
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Not sure. Never tried a UGF.

I have read it is not a good idea but at the same time there are people that do it and do fine. I'll leave the answer for someone else with experience on plants and an UGF.
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Old 02-19-2004, 04:10 PM   #5
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Couple problems with UGF's in planted tanks (and a few solutions):

The breaking up of the surface tension will cause you to loose much of your CO2. You can also solve the problem of loosing CO2 though the bubblers by replacing the bubblers with Powerheads and directing the exhaust away from the surface.


The plate that runs under the gravel is a plant root magnet, roots will get tangled in there and make the plants very hard to move without damaging their roots. But then again if you arent planning on moving your plants around this is no big deal. I would almost imagine that having a UGF with all the water flowing past the plants roote would be a good thing... but I could be wrong.

The other problem is that most planted tanks use a gravel that is too fine and will just fall through a UGF.

That being said I had a lightly plated tank with a UGF that did just fine for years. UGF's are great for tanks if you are pushing the bioload a little (still not a great idea though).
Good luck with your tank!
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Old 02-19-2004, 05:21 PM   #6
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Wow thanks...i dont need to thorw my filter away after all...actually do u really need filter in a planted tank with about 4-5 fishes? or just water movement, perhaps will the plant take care of the fish dirt? I am not sure bout this..and i am thingking of buying one of those Azoo Palm filter

Yah small substrate might get sucked in..i was thiknign of using sand for my floor bed. i could imagine the sand geting sucked in and cloud all over my tank...

thanks for the reply..
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Well the sand wouldnt work with the ugf!! Good Luck
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