Hey everyone, thanks for having this forum. I'm replacing a 29 gallon Marineland Eclipse 3 with a 65 Gallon Agueon-Something and have 2 Marineland Emperor Bio Filters in the mail for the new home of 2 Goldfish and a Pleco.
My question is, I have the underground filter plates in my current setup, I don't really have the plastic air tubes anymore because I got annoyed with servicing them and the Pleco wants to be right over the airstone anyway (Pleco Jacuzzi!) I just use the airstones hanging down in the aquarium naked. One thing I liked about the plates is that I can use less gravel but still show an inch layer of gavel in the aquarium. The other is the benefit (or perceived benefit) of the opportunity for a bacterial colony to grow. I don't think I've pulled them up to clean in years.
Are these worth using again in the new setup or should I just do straight gravel?