So I have been trying to read a lot about this, but a lot of discussions surrounding the subject of UGF vs not using one seems to be pretty biased no matter which way you read it. However, I recently purchased UGF for my 55 gallon soon-to-be cichlid tank and have a close-friend who kept a great cichlid tank for many years and he seems to swear by them, saying they require less maintenance if I do regular vacuums. I must say though, that after purchasing a 48x12 UGF, I am having second thoughts as to if I should just return it and put the money into a canister filter. Currently, I am running 3 sponge filters with a dojo loach to get the cycle going, and all seems well after approx. 3 weeks. I added the UGF today and while I believe in its possibility of being a great system, I am beginning to think that a HOB with my 3 sponges might be better - or a canister. In addition, I also think that it might be more trouble it is worth in the long run (on top of the fact that I have read that cichlids aren't too fond of them). Could someone point me in the right direction here? Should I just return the UGF and put the money into something else?