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    Ok so for now I’ll keep the UGF in there. I’m looking at building a custom enclosure over the winter and want to start with a new glass tank. The one I have now is in kinda tough shape. So when you say deep cleaning the gravel I always vacuum it by just kinda pushing it in till it touches the UGF. I have very low gravel in this tank about an inch with extra around the blocked holes for the uplift tubes it’s about 2 1/4 there. Would going to say 2 1/2 everywhere help or hurt the UGF getting Detris built up under it? Seems like the deeper it is the less effective vacuuming will be. Would a high flow keep stuff from building up? Also I have very soft water that has a ph around 8.2. It has almost no gh or kh but all the products I see to pause these also raise the PH. Would building some caves out of limestone help? I was thinking a combo of equilibrium and alkaline buffer then praying the ph gets better by getting the hardness up.

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    If your going to use the UG 3" of gravel is best.

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    Back in the day UGF were state of the art for filters. It's what we ALL used. The only reason they become nitrate factories is ignorance of how to properly maintain them. Just like ANY filter and ANY media, if you don't properly clean them they can cause high nitrates.
    You absolutely do not have to tear the whole tank down to clean UGF's. Lol, where did you hear that one. Sue's advice is perfect, as usual. A good gravel vac is all that's needed and what I did when I used UGF's. There is another way, but I'm not sure how to do it, been to long. Google will help with that one.
    They are just as efficient as any other filter, where does this info come from. If they weren't efficient, there wouldn't be a nitrate buildup. Also, in my experience, they are better than most in removing debris from sight.
    Now, with all that being said, I don't usually recommend them because most people are ignorant in their proper use and the fish suffer for it. However, of you know how to use and clean them, they are a great filter.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    Back in the day UGF were state of the art for filters. It's what we ALL used. The only reason they become nitrate factories is ignorance of how to properly maintain them. Just like ANY filter and ANY media, if you don't properly clean them they can cause high nitrates.
    You absolutely do not have to tear the whole tank down to clean UGF's. Lol, where did you hear that one. Sue's advice is perfect, as usual. A good gravel vac is all that's needed and what I did when I used UGF's. There is another way, but I'm not sure how to do it, been to long. Google will help with that one.
    They are just as efficient as any other filter, where does this info come from. If they weren't efficient, there wouldn't be a nitrate buildup. Also, in my experience, they are better than most in removing debris from sight.
    Now, with all that being said, I don't usually recommend them because most people are ignorant in their proper use and the fish suffer for it. However, of you know how to use and clean them, they are a great filter.
    I had over 200 running for 26 years without having to break the tank down. The big secret to UG filtering is a gravel vac and 3" of gravel.

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    Ok so I’m going to pick up another 50lbs of gravel soon. I have super soft water out of the tap and there is about 1 ppm of ammonia as well. So the lfs said to use 5x the dose of declorinator. I’m using Brightwell currently but want to switch to prime. Would I still use 5x dosage? Lastly I have crushed coral spread on top of the gravel maybe 1/2 to 1 cup can I just leave it when adding more gravel and will I need to add more back on top of the new gravel? I also just came aseoss a lot of Dolomite limestone at a jobsite so I grabbed some and cleaned it well. I put a 12x3 inch chunk in there that makes a cave. Am I correct in believing it will help raise my kh but not my gh? Thanks for all the advise and knowledge

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    I wouldn't use 5X the Prime for now, I'd use the regular dosage, and check params 24 hours after the WC.

    Crushed coral and limestone I have never used, not sure how they'll affect params.
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    Brightwell/Prime will bind up to 1ppm of Ammonia for a full tank dosage. If you have 2ppm of ammonia, then double the dose.

    Limestone raises KH and GH and PH. So get an API liquid test for GH/KH.
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    Is this tank you're talking about a newly establish tank or one that has been running with stock in it? Is it planted or planned for plantings?

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    Just put you new gravel on top and as you do gravel vacs it will mix with your crushed coral. single dose of prime will work. I always use a double dose in my tanks just to play it safe.

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    I might be missing something here, are you trying to raise GH/KH?
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
    Dear naps, sorry I hated you so much when I was a child... Love me

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