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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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How to introduce a new filter?

Hi, I'm not entirely sure where this thread should go, so Mods feel free to move it where appropriate.

Anyways I have mediumly planted Juwel Korall 60 that came with a light hood and Juwel Bioflow Mini filter. I have a tank with otos, a few guppies and some cherry shrimps, and my filter blows the shrimps around a fair bit. And since my female shrimps got pregnant a few months back, I put some pantyhose around the filter sponge and shoved it back in and now I can hardly tell if it even filters anymore... probably does. In any case I'm considering something that requires a little less maintenance like a bubble sponge filter, and have ordered an air pump online. My question is, will running the new filter alongside my old one for a couple of months before removing the old one affect the water quality? In other words, will cycling a new filter mess up my parameters and bacteria even with an established filter running alongside it?

Or is this perhaps a completely hopeless idea?
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personally i would put some of the media from the old filter inn the new one and run them side by side for a few months and if you cant use the media itself i would scoop some of the gunk out of the old filter and put it in the new one to "charge" the new media with the bacteria etc.


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Running both the new and old filters for a period of time together is perfect.


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Thanks guys I can't wait for my stuff to arrive... probably after the new years though...
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