Help! Switching filters

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So I currently have a ten gallon with a hang on the back filter which is to strong for my betta so I am switching to a sponge filter any advice?
(I don't want to crash my tank)
 

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You can switch to a hang on back filter that has adjustable flow control.

We have a Silentstream 20 filter on a 10g. The flow control knob allows it to go from a trickle to full flow, and anywhere in between.

The reservoir is large, so it's easy to insert your own media inside of it in lieu of a cartridge.
 

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If you go with the sponge filter - you should run the tank with both filters for about 4 weeks. Then remove the hang on the back. You should test for ammonia once every other day after you remove the hang on back for a week or so just to make sure no ammonia builds up.
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I run several tanks with sponge filters or hanburg mitten filters. Mostly seems to work out.
 
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I am switching from the hang on the back filter to a sponge filter and need to know if I can just turn of my hang on the back while the sponge filter is on because there is to much movement for my fish!
 

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Use the media over the sponge filter and then yes.
 

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As stated above...put the media from the HOB filter in contact with the sponge for a week or two, and the sponge should become active. I would keep a good eye on water parameters during the transition, though.
 

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I would leave em both running for at least a month and just baffle the HOB return side with a piece of plastic water bottle... YouTube has a bunch of mods u can do.
 
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Is there a way I can do this without stressing my betta from extremely high flow?
 
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Oh sorry forgot to include that. It is a 10G

Anyone?
 
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Thank you guys so much for all the help! :happy:
 

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To seed a new sponge filter I always rinse some nasty old media in the tank water so the sponge filter can filter it out and become seeded as it does. The water may be cloudy for a few hours or even a day or two but I've never had and issue doing it this way.
 

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You can get a peice of kids craft foam or a chemical free sponge, fold it as needed and tie it under the filter outflow to slow/diffuse the current.
 

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