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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Replacing Power Filter


My 55g was bought used and let's just say the power filter it came with is a little long in the tooth. Long story short, my wife surprised me with a new filter for Christmas (an Aquaclear, with the carbon pack, "bioballs" and sponge.)

I've had both filters running since Boxing day trying to jump-start the new filter. My question for you lovely gents is how long do I need to run the new filter before safely retiring the old one?

I poked around other forums and google searches but I can't seem to find a common consensus on this one.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 01:39 AM
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This is just me, but I like to run it for at least 4 weeks. I feel this gives enough time to get the BB colony up and running.

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I agree with the post above. It's better to be safe than sorry.
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Or just use the old media in the new filter. Switch some of it out for new stuff every couple weeks.
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Like Quad said, I would run them together for about a month or so to be safe. Then take out the old filter.
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