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Plants with Undergravel Filter?

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Good morning APC!

I'm very new to plants and I plan on introducing new plants to my aquarium. However, my aquarium uses undergravel filter which does a good job and I don't have plans of changing it. I've heard that using undergravel filter (UGF) is not a good idea for plants but I would really like to keep the UFG. So, I need your advise on the best way to introduce and take care of plants taking into consideration the UGF. Thanks very much.

(By the way, does anyone know what's a red wave plant and yellow rose plant?)


My tank - 30 gallon horizontal tank:

4 Featherfin Catfish
5 Angelfish
8 Sepae Tetra
1 red swordfish
6 albino cory
6 bronze cory
1 Clown Loach
3 Glass Fish

These fishes are quite small, except for the Angels which are about 3 inches.

I have 1 driftwood and 1 decor. Approximately 20% of the right-side of the aquarium are covered with short plants.

I have an undergravel filter with 2 tubes on each of the rear corners. I am using airpumps for both tubes with the air being pushed through a small tube down into the gravel and up a bigger tube. The gravel are small pebbles, not sand.

I've also begun vacuuming the about 30% of the gravel once a week when I change 30% of the H2O.
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I wouldn't have one in there if I had everything to do all over again, but my 30 gallon has an old UGF plate in it. I don't use it any more, but it certainly doesn't hurt anything.

There shouldn't be any need for you to go through the trouble of removing it, should you decide to go with other filtration (a good idea). My personal preference is for cannister filters.
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