Adding 2nd Canister Filter

ZachHawks

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I have a 120gallon cichlid tank which is fully established and running fine. Was wanting to add a 2nd canister filter on it for additional filtration. My question was whether or not I need to do anythign special when adding this 2nd filter. I know people talk about seeding a filter. Does this apply with adding a 2nd filter? Just dont want to cause any shock to my fish. Any help would be great. Thanks!
 

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How big is your canister now? How big is your new one? Just fill it with quality media and put it on and plug it in. That's all.
 

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You don't need to seed the filter if the existing one is working fine however If you wish to get it up and running quicker take a few pieces of media from your existing filter and swap them with a few from the new one. A second filter is a good excuse to add media types you didn't have room for in the original filter such as chemical media such as carbon or zeolite
 

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@ZachHawks , liveaquaria.com has the Eheim 1200xl (2080) on clearance for $123.

Pump rated at 450gph and it's 3 main media trays hold 3 gallons total of media.
 
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I had already bought a new filter, but at that price I had to order it also! Time for a 2nd tank!!
 
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