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    Ok Idk if this is where I should post this let me know if it would be better somewhere else. So I have a 3 gallon desk aquarium that has some shrimp, a guppy and two neon tetras in it, my question is I want to get rid of the internal whisper filter and get an HOB filter with a pre-filter sponge on the intake to keep from sucking up the shrimp, to make a little space for more plants. What would be the best way to go about switching I found the perfect on on amazon its a fennix pf-5 and I was just going to take the old cartridge I have now and put it in the new filter when I got it but it won't fit in the fennix. I also thought about running them both for about a week to maybe "seed" the new filter Idk.

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    Or would I be better off going with a small sponge filter?

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    If you can put all the old media from your old filter in it do so as any spikes in ammonia ect will more then likely kill the shrimp.

    Or you could run both filters till new one is cycled squeeze your foams from old filter ect into the new one to help seed it :)

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    what i would do, unless you can't afford it is get a bigger tank so that you can expand the tetra school out and perhaps rehome the guppy. Tetra's are happiest in a school of at least six to eight minimum.

    This way you can get more filtration and a bigger tank.

    Otherwise do what is advised already because they are correct that the old media will help season a new filter.

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    3 gallons is much too small for any group of fish...I wouldn't even keep a single betta in a 3 gallon tank, like we discussed in your other thread....very hard to control water params in a tank that small.

    What does the media in the internal filter consist of?

    I really can't see how any HOB filter would work with a 3 gallon tank..I'd bet you'd get way too much water movement and turbulence....you're probably better off keeping the filter you already have.
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    Any HOB filter is going to generate a lot of current/turbulence in a tank that small. I have to agree with slap on this one.
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    I decided to go with a small sponge filter and a small pump. I understand that 3 gallons is pretty small but it is being well maintained and all living things (plants, fish and shrimp) are doing very well. I am testing the water every other day and all the parameters are stable. The only reason I am looking into changing filters is to gain swimming space and space to plant. Thanks for all the advice. I attached pictures of what I bought.

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    Interesting. Let us know how it works out?
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    Ok so some updates on my nano tank. My guppy unfortunately died, I believe it was due to stress I found him lodged under the piece of driftwood I have it there. I rearranged everything in the aquarium to make room for my new sponge filter and so far I'm LOVING it. The water parameters are perfect and look better than it did with the whisper The cartridge wasn't doing anything it was so old. I seeded the sponge filter by taking some of the water from the tank and putting it into a plastic container and swishing the old cartridge around till I got muddy brown water and then place the sponge filter in there and ran it for a couple of days and them put it into the tank and it worked perfect. I bought a couple neons Im hoping with my weekly WC I can get five in there happy. I also bought a few new plants and I think it looks great now.

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    Nice little tank!...sorry to hear about the guppy, though
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