Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Those of you who are familiar with my planted tank layouts, know that I am one of the few (and we are an endangered species) who still persist with UGF. For those of you who are un-familiar with my set-ups I will simply explain here that about 6” of the fore-ground, immediately behind the glass is a partitioned-off portion of the substrate which is packed in my unique style to form the intake of the UGF. The actual intake is a slitted pipe (very like a spray-bar) which is connected to power-heads at the rear of the aquarium.
Now if I have 4-5 power-heads at the rear each directing its out-flow sidewise in the same direction, I think we might get a good movement going in one direction, especially if I keep a 6” wide channel free from tall vegetation. A few tall flat stones strategically placed could confine most of the flow in this clear channel and that could make the water in the entire channel to move like a stream. A densely planted mid-ground (the rippled portion) would keep the water in the front insulated from the motion of the water in the channel behind it.
Now the movement of the water along the front is what is worrying me. It is totally dependant upon the commotion I have created in the rear and lacks a motive force of its own. Besides that the intake of the UGF is going to have a killing effect on the flow. 10 feet is a long distance, where you are depending on passive forces. I think I might be forced to design a few well directed jets of water all along the front channel to keep the motion going. That might mean more power-heads with their out-put camouflaged as stone decorations in the front channel.
I am still planning so suggestions please.
If you have a choice, you have a problem, till you elect your choice. No choice, no problem, only consequences, learn to live with them.
Last edited by essabee; 08-28-2009 at 01:04 PM.