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  1. Default Replacing old filter with new one.


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    Ok so Im in the process of cycling my 10 gallon with 5 fish, its time to replace the old filter. I heard you cant just slap a new one in the new filter needs to be cycled or build up healthy bacteria. So I'm just wondering what the process is of putting in a new filter in is?

    Im a newb help me.

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    Do you want to swap filter during cycling your tank? If so get the new one in together with the new one.
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    Easiest thing as said above is just to run both filters at the same time for a month so the new filter can get colonised. If that creates too much flow (quite possible in a 10g) then remove the used media from the old filter and put it in the new filter.

    If you are cycling with fish tho, you still don't have your bacteria built up yet, so you will have to continue with testing and water changes.

    Just out of curiosity, why is it "time to replace the old filter"? Unless the unit is failing somehow, replacing it is not part of cycling a tank. Your phrasing just made me wonder.

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    I, too, am wondering if you're confusing filter cartridge/media with the actual filter that hold the filter cartridge.
    If you are talking about the filter cartridge and NOT the filter, then there is no reason to replace it. That filter cartridge holds most of your beneficial bacteria that you're trying to grow while you're cycling your tank. Even after your tank is cycled, you never replace it (even though the manufacturer's instructions say to replace it monthly) but keep it in the filter until it literally falls apart which may be two years or more down the road. If it looks a bit dirty in a month or two AFTER your cycle is complete, then you can take it out and swish it gently in some of the water you removed from you tank during a water change it. You don't want to rinse it in tap water because the chlorine will kill the BB.
    In any event - please clarify if you're talking about your filter or filter cartridge.
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    Not sure why you used the word "filter". It seems to have a few of us puzzled.
    Are you getting a larger actual filter for your tank? If so the above advice about running both is what I too would do.
    If your indicating your going to swap out the internal filter components like the sponge, media, etc. Please do not do that. Your still cycling and tossing these things out will start your cycle off all over again. If your filter media/sponge are dirty you can just rinse them off in a clean bucket of your aquarium water. It seems a little early for your filter media to be in need of a rinse off though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    I, too, am wondering if you're confusing filter cartridge/media with the actual filter that hold the filter cartridge.
    If you are talking about the filter cartridge and NOT the filter, then there is no reason to replace it. That filter cartridge holds most of your beneficial bacteria that you're trying to grow while you're cycling your tank. Even after your tank is cycled, you never replace it (even though the manufacturer's instructions say to replace it monthly) but keep it in the filter until it literally falls apart which may be two years or more down the road. If it looks a bit dirty in a month or two AFTER your cycle is complete, then you can take it out and swish it gently in some of the water you removed from you tank during a water change it. You don't want to rinse it in tap water because the chlorine will kill the BB.
    In any event - please clarify if you're talking about your filter or filter cartridge.
    Sorry I mean filter cartridge I guess, I thought it would need to be changed because its very dirty and not much water seems to be getting through now the bio wheel barely rotates.The instructions did say to change that thing every month but i figured not that frequent. Really 2 years?

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    Really. All your beneficial bacteria that keep your waste gases in check and turn them into nitrates which your fish can tolerate (to a point), are in that cartridge. If you rinse it out under tap water or replace it like most filter instructions say, you will be eliminating all thats good in your filter/tank.
    Rinse it out in your tank water next time your doing a water change. Just make sure the container your using for the old tank water isn't contaminated with soap/detergent or some such thing. (new clean bucket you put water into the tank with). Take out the sponge and hand wash it in that bucket then but it back in place. Same for the bag of bio-media you should have in that filter.
    The water should start flowing again and your bio-wheel will start to rotate again.

    I'm glad you asked before following those darn instructions.They really shouldn't be written as they are but I guess the company making those inserts wants to sell them.
    Last edited by Strider199; 09-07-2013 at 10:43 PM.
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    + to Strider. he's spot on right :o)
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    Absolutely yes to what strider and fishmommie said. I have a small 2.5g I had to cycle with fish (long story) and after I was fully cycled decided to heed the manufacturer's instructions and change my filter media. Well, the result was a mini cycle and a spike in ammonia. After I did that I did some reading here and learned never to do that again.

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