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    I would suggest, if you can, in the future to get something like this aquaclear 20 filter.
    https://www.amazon.com/AquaClear-20-...s=aquaclear+20

    It will allow room for the media without having to replace cartridges. It also has the ability to remove the motor for cleaning where you cannot do that with the Topfin. It come with media rings plus you can add your current media. You do not have to use the carbon bag unless there is a special reason for it. It is very easy to clean. It also means that the media in your filter will not need to be replaced thus keeping a constant stable cycle.
    You can then keep the Topfin as a backup if needed or for a QT tank.

    There are other brands of HOB filters that allow the same ability to fill with media and to clean, etc but I have been very happy with the Aqua Clears (AC).

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    This is probably a good time to replace your filter cartridge. If you're considering cheaper options, I would recommend AquaClear Sponges (I only change mine out every year or so. I just squeeze them out about once a month and put them back into the filter) or find flame-retardant-free pillow stuffing. If you can't fit what you want into the filter, AquaClear is what the majority of seasoned veterans here suggest (aka Silbar and Slaphappy lol)

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    Changing out the filter cartridge won't restart your cycle. The entire aquarium, from the substrate to the decorations, will now have the necessary bacteria living all over the place. It may take 24-48 hours for the "bugs" to regain their numbers after changing the filter media, but it's not usually a problem for the fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silbar View Post
    I would suggest, if you can, in the future to get something like this aquaclear 20 filter.
    https://www.amazon.com/AquaClear-20-...s=aquaclear+20

    It will allow room for the media without having to replace cartridges. It also has the ability to remove the motor for cleaning where you cannot do that with the Topfin. It come with media rings plus you can add your current media. You do not have to use the carbon bag unless there is a special reason for it. It is very easy to clean. It also means that the media in your filter will not need to be replaced thus keeping a constant stable cycle.
    You can then keep the Topfin as a backup if needed or for a QT tank.

    There are other brands of HOB filters that allow the same ability to fill with media and to clean, etc but I have been very happy with the Aqua Clears (AC).
    I think I am going to go ahead and buy 1 for my 10 gallon and see how I like it. I hate my TopFin Filter in my 5 Gallon I had to break it apart twice because it has malfunctioned. 3 of my 4 tanks use those filters, maybe it's time to upgrade.

    I guess my mistake in the title makes sense now.
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    I have a AC50 on my 10G but I like to over filter my tanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silbar View Post
    I have a AC50 on my 10G but I like to over filter my tanks.
    If I were to get one for my 2.5g that is still sitting a box that I will use as a quarentine tank would an AC20 be too much. It didnt come with a filter. I just placed my order for an AC30 for my 10G.
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    I think the AC30 for your 10g will give you good results and opportunities for stocking. If you are going to use the 2.5 as a QT tank you might want to just clean out your Topfin and use it for that. I have an AC20 on a 5g and the flow is strong even on the lowest setting. I think it might be too much for a 2.5g.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silbar View Post
    I have a AC50 on my 10G but I like to over filter my tanks.
    50, or 30?
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddnbecka View Post
    Changing out the filter cartridge won't restart your cycle. The entire aquarium, from the substrate to the decorations, will now have the necessary bacteria living all over the place. It may take 24-48 hours for the "bugs" to regain their numbers after changing the filter media, but it's not usually a problem for the fish.
    This depends on many factors that have not been described here yet...stocking levels, to begin with, that the OP hasn't even disclosed

    I agree with the above suggestions to replace the Top Fin with an AC30

    Move established media from the TF to the AC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    50, or 30?
    I have 1 AC50 on my 10g. 2 AC50s on my 20L.

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