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Cleaning under UGF, how to turn UGF into RUGF

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:00 pm Post subject: Cleaning under UGF, how to turn UGF into RUGF Reply with quote

 Hi  guys,
 
 I  wanted  to  know  how  to  do  the  following:
 
 1.  Cleaning  an  Under  Gravel  Filter.  I  believe  that  a  lot  of  debris  and  other  dangerous  stuff  can  go  on  accumulating  under  the  plates  of  a  UGF,  which  can  later  act  like  a  time-bomb  and  cause  a  sudden  spike  in  ammonia  and  nitrites.
 How  to  clean  under  a  UGF  so  this  does  not  happen.  Are  there  any  other  ways  of  preventing  it?
 Also  how  often  should  one  clean  under  a  UGF?
 
 2.  I  have  heard  that  a  safer  alternative  to  a  UGF  is  a  Reverse  Under  Gravel  Filter.  Can  one  convert  a  UGF  into  a  RUGF,  and  if  so  how  to  do  it?
 
 Thanks  :)
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:34 pm Post subject: Re: Cleaning under UGF, how to turn UGF into RUGF Reply with quote

 1.  Use  a  gravel  cleaner  that  is  readily  available  in  any  LFS.  You  can  also  use  a  pepsi  bottle  cut  at  the  base  &  fitted  with  a  hose  pipe  at  the  bottle  opening.  This  sort  of  cleaning  will  effect  your  denitration  in  the  tank  but  the  removal  of  detritius  will  be  very  benificial  too.  once  in  15  days  is  a  good  way  to  go  if  the  tank  is  stocked  &  fed  lightly.
 
 2.  A  reverse  RUGF  will  only  work  effectively  if  the  powerhead  pushing  the  water  into  the  UGF  is  very  powerfull,  the  gravel  size  is  big,  there  is  a  very  good  prefilter  to  the  pump  at  its  water  inlet  &  the  prefilter  is  cleant  frequently.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:58 am Post subject: Re: Cleaning under UGF, how to turn UGF into RUGF Reply with quote

 Dumping  the  UGF  or  the  RUGF  and  getting  a  sponge  filter  would  be  the  easiest  option.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:24 pm Post subject: Re: Cleaning under UGF, how to turn UGF into RUGF Reply with quote

                                                   
madhu_ulysses  wrote  (View  Post):                
Dumping  the  UGF  or  the  RUGF  and  getting  a  sponge  filter  would  be  the  easiest  option.                

 
 I  second  that....."DIT  TO"....  UGF  require  daliy  siphoning  actually,  but  if  you  have  Goldies,  then  forget  it..  throw  it  immediately  and  get  a  better  filer...  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:29 pm Post subject: Re: Cleaning under UGF, how to turn UGF into RUGF Reply with quote

                                                   
madhu_ulysses  wrote  (View  Post):                
Dumping  the  UGF  or  the  RUGF  and  getting  a  sponge  filter  would  be  the  easiest  option.                

 
 
                                                 
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madhu_ulysses  wrote  (View  Post):                
Dumping  the  UGF  or  the  RUGF  and  getting  a  sponge  filter  would  be  the  easiest  option.                

 
 I  second  that....."DIT  TO"....  UGF  require  daily  siphoning  actually,  but  if  you  have  Goldies,  then  forget  it..  throw  it  immediately  and  get  a  better  filer...  Very Happy                

 
 
 I  had  this  lurking  feeling  that  someone  would  advise  me  the  above   Chuckle  
 And  what  more,  I'm  inclined  to  agree!   Chuckle   Chuckle  
 
 But  seriously  guys,  if  I  did  try  to  do  the  above,  how  am  I  supposed  to  go  about  it?
 
 I  have  some  nice  fishy  friends  living  in  the  tank.  And  I've  heard  that  when  dismantling  a  UGF,  a  lot  of  dangerous  stuff  (detritus,  ammonia  etc)  gets  released.  Will  dismantling  the  UGF  cause  the  tank  to  recycle?
 
 Thanks  for  the  feedback  guys.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:50 am Post subject: Re: Cleaning under UGF, how to turn UGF into RUGF Reply with quote

                                                   
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 I  have  some  nice  fishy  friends  living  in  the  tank.  And  I've  heard  that  when  dismantling  a  UGF,  a  lot  of  dangerous  stuff  (detritus,  ammonia  etc)  gets  released.  Will  dismantling  the  UGF  cause  the  tank  to  recycle
 
 aquamate                

 
 Yes  right....but  if  you  siphon  out  the  gunk  daily..  it  will  not  require  dismantling....  Cheer Up
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