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The Best Way to Switch Filters...

Hi all,

I wanted to switch my filters from the stock eclipse to a sponge filter. I dont think it moves water real well, and blocks a bunch of light. My question is do I need to leave the new sponge in the tank for a while with the old filter running at the same time, or is there enough biologicals in the tank that its ok to just switch them out?
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The Best Way to Switch Filters...

If no media to transfer, let the new run in parellel with the old. How long? Good question. If this was a new tank it would take a couple of weeks. I'd Leave it at least that long to be safe.


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Yes, I run them both simultaneously for at least two weeks so the new filter can establish itself.


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Is a sponge filter going to move the water any better?

I'd personally let the 2 filters run in tandem for about a month unless you are very lightly stocked and/or heavily planted.
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Thanks for the input!
I dont think a sponge will move water any better, but I think that I will gain a good amount of light towards middle/back of the tank. I have a eclipse corner 5 and so the filter sits right on top in the middle in the hood. I plan on putting shrimp in soon, so I would have to put a sponge prefilter on it anyway.
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