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Turning off UG
Is it possible to cut these off? I have just been adding aquaclear
hang ons to my tanks that came with UG unless I am tearing down and
starting over. Any new ones I start get bio wheels or aquaclears or
both. I have one tank 4-5 years old that I am sure UG is not working
well, but it is so full of plants that it seems pretty stable. Anyway
I didn't think you could safely turn one off?????
- joyce...Am I understanding you?..You are considering turning off
you UGF...I know UGF's are a big controversial subject...I just do
not like them for my own personal reasons..Usually I will try to discourage
there use in a planted tank to start....but you seem to be doing fine
with yours in there...the main purpose of the UGF is for biological
filtration...it needs to be maintained or it wont' work to it's designed
intention..most of the time in a planted tank the UGF gets all plugged
up and it'd biobed filtration doesn't work well...also substrate additives
are difficult to use...but if you have been using it for years you
probably have a pretty rich bed of mulm in there...if you are happy
with the way your plants are growing leave it there...it won't hurt...you
could probably put a small power head in l your UGF to keep your CO2
levels up if you aren't doing that already...maybe that will increase
the effect of the filter cause it probably not doing much for filtration
after all the years with plants....does any of this make sense to
you?...Always trying to help...
- Joyce....i got a biowheel, stuck a bag of ugf gravel in it and let
it run for a couple weeks...then I took on the unpleasant tank of
uprooting and taking out the ugf, replanting etc etc...everything
worked like a charm, no fatalities, and water is beautiful...but like
Jeff said, I really doubt there is any harm in leaving it...or you
could just unhook the powerhead or airline and leave it be:)
- Joyce I will agree with curt...I must have missed something though...with
what you want to do?....sorry just trying to figure this out with
- Thanks. I don't want to tear up tank. The plants look nice. I have
an aquaclear hang on 150 running besides the ug. Just wanted to know
if I could safely pull the power head off the UG and cap it without
throwing things out of whack.
- ah..Ok.joyce..now I get it..as long as you have that AQ on the back
filter should be ok...was the UGF done for it's years or what?..
- I really don't think it's very functional anymore with the ton of