Filter change

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by str8shooter, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. str8shooterValued MemberMember

    I have a tetra HOB filter and the premade cartridge is falling apart and clogged so im changing it. My first question is what can I do to help my tank cope with the loss of the BB and not have a mini cycle. My other question is will it help if I keep the old cartridge with all the BB in the tank. Thanks
  2. VWTDI02Well Known MemberMember

    See if you can fit the cycled cartridge in there with a new cartridge. After some time it should colonize the newer cartridge and you should be good to remove the old one that is falling apart.
  3. str8shooterValued MemberMember

    I tried and it clogs and the water backs up

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  4. str8shooterValued MemberMember

    will the c

    Will the cycled cartridge help if I left it in the tank by the filter. I placed it by where the filter empty s back into the tank. And thanks for the quick response:)

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  5. VWTDI02Well Known MemberMember

    As long as there is water flowing through it then it will help.
  6. Thai Aquarium ownerWell Known MemberMember

    You could also try leaving the old filter in situ, and placing a new pad in the tank for about a month ( keeping it out of sight ).
    You can then simply swap them out.
    If the old filter pad is reducing the flow, simply rinse it out in tank water you would discard on a water change.
  7. tmillsNew MemberMember

    Try placing some filter media under where the cartridge slides in and then put the BB one back in as far as it will go won't look good but shouldn't take too long, just an idea.

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