Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Bern, Switzerland
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?