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    During my trip to Petsmart the other day, I bought a new filter to replace the old one in the old tank. The old one is absolutely filthy and while I did rinse it, it is in severe need of replacement.

    My question is - Should I replace the filter now and give it x number of days for bacteria to stock up on the new filter before placing it on the new tank?

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    Run the old filter and the new filter together on the new tank. I would leave it this way for at least a month to give the new filter time to cycle. You can gently rinse the old filter media in tank water or dechlorinated water if it is really dirty, but don't clean it too well, you need the bacteria that is growing there.
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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 Honey Badger 1 View Post
    Run the old filter and the new filter together on the new tank. I would leave it this way for at least a month to give the new filter time to cycle. You can gently rinse the old filter media in tank water or dechlorinated water if it is really dirty, but don't clean it too well, you need the bacteria that is growing there.
    Well, it is a little late for that. I already rinsed it out with tap water, but not as much as I could have. It's been in the old tank for a few days now. Sorry!

    By running the old filter and new filter together on the new tank for a month, do you mean including the filter machine as well? Can the fish last that long without any filtration or water pump for 3-4 weeks in the old tank? The old filter machine is a Penguin 170 if that means anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey Badger 1 View Post
    Put the old filter on the new tank along with the new filter and put the fish in the new tank and be done with it.
    Put the fish in the new tank along with both filters.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all 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 Honey Badger 1 View Post
    Put the fish in the new tank along with both filters.
    +1 - don't keep those fish in a tiny tank - move them over into the larger tank with both filters going.
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    Thanks very much guys. I plan on doing it this weekend. How long should I keep the old filter running on the new tank before I move the fish over? Also, I know about keeping them in a bag to acclimate with the temperature of the new water, but how many at once can I carry in one bag? I guess it's dependent on how big the bag is?

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    The old filter is already good to go (or at least as good as it is in the small tank). Move everything over ASAP. The BB (beneficial bacteria) will start to grow in the new filter, while also living in the old filter. The most important part of the filer is that it holds BB. Once the filter is seeded (as BB) it can be used right away. Since you're already using it in the small tank, it won't make a difference if you put in in the new tank.

    Put everything in the new tank and run both filters. When "cleaning" the media in the filter, make sure you use already used fish water, but I don't think you should even bother cleaning it right now, just move everything into the new tank ASAP.

    edit: yeah you are correct, make sure the temps and everything are good before doing so, but that should happen fairly quick as it is a small tank. Also you can just "net" the fish right into the new tank. Just make sure the temps are simillar in both tanks and there should really not be a problem
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    Hey Guys,

    Just wanted to give an update and say that they finally made the move over to the new fish tank. The old filter and new filter is currently in place on the 20g tank. I am really hoping everything goes well as I've tried my best by following the advice given here with the exception of finding a new home for the pleco and clown loach. Right now the only odd part is that they all seem to be in one area of the fish tank rather then swimming all around. Sometimes they will go around, but most of the time is in that one area. Here is the video of them in the new tank:


    So how long till I can replace the filter cartridge in the old filter? It is more than 2-3 months old and in dire need of replacing.

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    Why do you say it's in dire need of replacing? Filter media really shouldn't be replaced until it's literally disintegrating in your hands.

    But yay for getting moved over! :D
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    +1 to the above. Do not replace the cartridge(s). The manufacturer will tell you to replace them so they can constantly sell you new ones. You will lose your cycle and all your BB if you replace them. If possible, very gently rinse them in old tank water when you do your water change. Do not rinse them in tap water.

    What type and brand of filters do you have? Is it possible to add a different type of filter media?
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