Questions about upgrading from Aqua Clear 20 to Aqua Clear 50
I've got a 13gal Wide Aqueon tank with various plants, corys, and 8 cherry shrimp that is currently running a Aqua Clear 20. I'm running the stock sponge and a bag of Marineland bio rings (no carbon). I don't like how jammed the little AQ20 is and I also want more circulation so I'm thinking of getting a Aqua Clear (Fluval) 50. This will give me more room for the media and circulation. I have a couple of questions.
Do you think the AQ 50 is too much for my tank? My tank measures 24" long x 16" High x 9" deep. I'm pretty sure it's 13 gallons.
What is the best practice for moving from a AQ20 to a AQ50? I'm thinking of just moving the sponge and bio rings from the AQ20 to the new AQ50 filter. I think the old sponge and bio-rings will (might?) fit in the larger filter if I don't use the carbon bag? I'll use the new sponge and bag of bio media it comes with and put the sponge and bio media from the AQ20 on top. After a few weeks, I'll take out the old sponge from the AQ20 and replace it with more bio media? Does this sound like a good plan?