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    I thought this would be the best place for my question...

    So, I recently (about 2 weeks ago) upgraded to a Tetra 40 filter for my 20g. I used to have 3 smaller filters, but now have the 40 and a 10. I stuffed all the material from my 20g filter into the 40, along with the new filter pad it came with. I also stuffed my 10 filter with leftover stuff from the 5 I had.

    I was terrified of losing my cycle, but it seems to have transitioned just fine.

    But now I am wondering if it is safe to remove some of the old seeded material? The filters are very overfilled and I am worried about circulation. The 40 has water falling back out through the intake spout.

    Will I have a mini cycle if I remove a small portion of the seeded material? How can I protect my fish?

    Thanks!
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    A small amount should not make a big difference...I've even heard of hiding it elsewhere in the tank, if you are overly concerned
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    You should be fine. I have set up a few tanks for some friends of mine and seeded their tanks with my bio media. I kept my sponge but took my ceramic rings out for over a week and there was no harm to my tank. I did this a few times so I know it wasn't just a fluke.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    OK thanks! I will start discarding some of the nastier bits....they are starting to fall apart anyway. :)
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    Oh yeah, if they are falling apart, chunk 'em...just be sure the filter is as full as possible w/out impeding flow, you'll be fine

    I like to use the larger Fluval rings for this very reason...larger holes=better flow
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