Converting a Biorb Tank to a Different Filter/Substrate

ElfSprite

Hi, I have an 8 gallon Biorb Flow tank. I've had it for about a year and a half. I love the tank but I hate the filtration system, and the biorb ceramic substrate is tearing up my current Betta's fins (he likes to sleep on the bottom).

So I'm wanting to change up the filtration system and change the substrate. I've done a bunch of filter research and I'm thinking I'll go with the Aqueon AT10 submersible filter (does that sound like a good one?). I'm wanting to use 3-6mm rounded glass balls for substrate, so it would be easy to plant, and no issue with hurting my betta's fins or scratching the tank glass.

What I don't know is, what do I do as far as dismantling the current filter system in the Biorb? I know small stones have a danger of getting stuck in the filter. I do want to use an airstone.

Would I keep the tube and all that are in the Biorb, and just add the Aqueon filter? Would I remove the tube and filter, and keep the Biorb airstone plugged in? Would I unplug the Biorb airstone too, and just put in a separate airstone in the tank?

If I'm keeping the Biorb airstone and tube set up for oxygen, do I remove the sponge and carbon particles, and would I also need to use larger substrate?

Thank you!
 

WRWAquarium

Hi

Could you post some pics of the tank and the filter system built into it?

I'm thinking of a biorb bowl but maybe yours is a different tank?

Right now I would say to simply do away with the substrate and filter and add your own. Save the airstone and any media in the built in filter for your new one.
 

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