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I have an ugf running in my 55 gal tank with Madagascar cichlids.
I have started to add plants to my tank and I would like to know if it is best to remove the ugf and just tick to the 2 power head that are attached.
Do plants prefer flowing water or a relatively calm water?
I plan on adding java moss, Aponogeton Ulvaceus, Aponogeton Capuronii, Vals, Aponogeton Boivinianus, and a few mid level and front ground plants; banana plants, micro swords.
I am planning on adding a CO2 injector to the system.
What would you recommend with such a system of setup?
Thank you in advance for you suggestions and help
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-25-2003, 02:33 AM
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An UGF and plants with big root systems are not good friends. I would remove it if there is any way to do so. Or just disconnect it and never use it again...

Water movement is important to avoid temperature gradients, to mix up any nutrients, bring them to the leaves, generally keep the water alive. It is also said to help against certain kinds of algae. Too much water movement is detrimental for certain fine-leaved plants, like Cabomba, plus if you are adding CO2 it will leave your tank just as fast with too much surface agitation. So it's somewhere in the middle between standing water and gurgling currents, a gentle movement throughout the tank...


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