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How are you going to get the carbon out? besides ripping the ugf out.
Ugf are biological filters not ment to clean debris. Current helps the good bacteria reproduce faster. If ya want better filtratin buy a filter for your powerhead they are cheap and you can add carbon. And for ugf's air bubbles are sufficient.
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No prob. just flush out the ugf every few mos. stick a hose down the tube and blast with water to get the debris out.
 

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I have never had a prob with em. I tried not having them. And my tanks are more problematic. I always changed filterpads 2 times a month and without them Thats where problems occured. Like spikes in ammonia.
Your tank can definately do without them. but I believe they are a plus. and are more stabil. Unless you have a wet dry filter which does this also.
I have never taken my fish out because of bad bacteria from ugf's. Actually
I do water tests after each cleaning and nothing remotely toxic.
If you are worried about the stuff going in the tank put your siphon over one tube and blast out the other side.
As for alot of work i think they are worth it.
To each their own.
 
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