Filter Socks Disintegrated!! Help!

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So I went to rinse my filter socks and the first one completely fell apart in the bucket, so I got the second one and very super carefully halfway rinsed it out so it wouldn't fall apart. Obviously have to get new filter socks, how do I make sure I don't lose my biological filter and go back to cycling because I FINALLY finished cycling a couple weeks ago??? I kept everything in the bucket just in case and like I said I kept the other sock and barely rinsed it just in case. I have a second filter (both HOB) I put on 3 weeks ago, does it have enough already to support me putting 2 new filter socks on? I'm totally freaking out right now because I'm not even sure I can get new filter socks at least until Monday. The filter that the socks fell apart on also has a seachem purigen pack in it that's close to needing to be recharged. I'm really upset because I feel like it's my fault because it's been a week and half since my last PWC bc it's been a crazy week at school and I keep thinking if only I'd have done this sooner maybe they wouldn't have fell apart

* I don't want to lose my filter media, obviously can't even think straight right now cuz I'm just like
 

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If you have rocks/décor in the tank they'll have some bacteria growing on them, too, with the other filters. Substrate as well. I wouldn't worry too much! You might get a brief spike but it shouldn't be dangerous when you switch the socks. Once the bacteria has a new home it should cling and grow just fine. Just keep an eye on your water in case you need to do some water changes.
 
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Thank you. I was really worried. Should I keep the one sock that I "saved" and run it with the new one and then switch it out or just do both same time
 

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You could stick the old one inside the new one. Are you running a sump setup? You could just leave it in there for a while once you get the new one. I used to run two filter pads in my hob filters when I needed a new one. Stuffing it in one of those might be an option as well to get things flowing. I let them run that way for a week before tossing the spent one and never had any issues.
 

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