Power Heads, Air Stones and UGF

Postby Stressed » 2006-12-29 07:10

I was curious to know, can one run both air stones and a power head with a UGF? I have four lift tubes in my 20 gallon tank and was wondering if both can be used. I was wondering if the addtion of a power head would help keep my UGF cleaner. After having what looked like a mudslide hit my water after turning my external filter on high I have been wondering if a power head would help keep that from happening. I do vaccum my gravel on my weekly water changes, but have a very messy pelco.
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Postby sharkdude » 2006-12-29 21:39

power heads will only make the water turn a bit quicker, they do not act as a internal sponge filter in general. the gunk is just from the poo etc that deverolps on the bottom or your tank, just like a sponge needs cleaning every so often.
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Postby Stressed » 2006-12-29 23:11

I wasn't expecting it to filter the UGF, but was wondering if a power head would help it stay clean.
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-01-07 16:36

OK, so you have a UG filter and an external?

I expect that your water looked messier when you turned up the external filter, it must have stirred up the muck from the bottom of the tank. What would help with that is cleaning the filter more often for a few weeks until it sucks up everything that it stirred up!

A power head will not stop the UG getting blocked, but it will help the water circulate faster. In fact, depending on your set up, if the muck is pulled through to the UG plates, it might not have time to break up properly, thus blocking your filter.
So really, the UG needs cleaning just as often no matter which you use, the powerhead or the air pump.

Hope this helps!
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Postby Stressed » 2007-01-07 19:13

Yes I have both and i guess since the UGF is powered by two air pumps rated for a 60 gallon tank and a power filter that is rated for a 60 gallon on a 20 gallon i don't really need the water moving any faster do i?.. lol
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-01-07 21:20

Probably not :) You can also control water movement by the way to angle the outlet from the filters (those which you can)... for example: if you want to decrease water movement without turning the filter down, just angle the outlet along the back wall :tup:
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