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How to add a different filter to an established aquarium?

I bought a used filter, like new, fluval 106. I want to replace my existing filter.

What is the easiest way to make the transition? Without risk.

I have the filter pumping tap water now to ensure all is well mechanically. I think I want to sterilize it since who knows what's in it.

Any other tips for prepping an alien filter for addition to an established tank?

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The safest thing to do is run it in conjunction with the existing filter for a month. The other option would be to move all of the bio media from the old filter to the new one. What is your fish and plant load like?

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How to add a different filter to an established aquarium?

9 gallons
2 bloodfin tetras
2 dwarf gourami
2 Otos
Lots of plants

I'd say heavy plant and heavy fish load.
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How long has tank been set up? I'd probably transfer the media and rock on, but that's just me.

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If your worried about sterilizing it run 20 to 1 bleach/water though it for 30min. Them run 5Xs declor fresh water through it, dump it, wipe with paper towels and air dry for a day.

If the tank is up over 6mos and heavily planted, transfer the media and Rock on.
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Re: How to add a different filter to an established aquarium?

As it's a heavy planted tank, you probably don't need to worry about breaking nitrogen cycle.

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+1 to the media transfer and rock on.
when i went to my sump, i didnt move a single piece of media and there was ammonia for maybe a day?
lots of bacteria reside on everything. and when it sees an opportunity to grow. it will.
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when i went from HOB to cannister, I just moved all the media, plugged in the cannister, and walked away. there was never so much as a blip on any parameter readings.
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How to add a different filter to an established aquarium?

Thanks a bunch. Sounds easy enough.
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