How to safely switch filters in a tank.

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by fbn, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. fbnWell Known MemberMember

    Hello, I bought a filter for my fish tank today form my friends that were having a benefit sale. It was $5. It is in VERY nice condition. It is Aquatech (are they a good brand?). My question is, how do I safely remove the other filter and add this one WITH OUT my tank cycling? Should I have the new one running with the old one for a week or something? Thanks!
  2. bubblefishValued MemberMember

    Other members may have different opinions but I don't think the aquatech is much better than the tetra whisper that you have listed in your profile. If I was thinking of upgrading a filter from a tetra whisper, I would be looking for a filter that could accommodate filter media for better biological filtration like ceramic rings, etc.
  3. fbnWell Known MemberMember

    I upgraded the size of filter. My previous filter was for only a 10 gal. This is for 20-40 Gal.
  4. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    just move your media to the new filter or run both on the existing tank for a month and you should be good to go!
  5. fbnWell Known MemberMember

    Wow, where was my brain! Thanks Shawnie! How dense can I be? Haha why didn't I think of that?
  6. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    its called brunette moments for me!! and I have them all too often!! goodluck!
  7. bubblefishValued MemberMember

    Ah, then I would say it's better than your whisper, LOL.
  8. fbnWell Known MemberMember

    Haha I like this new one. I just put it in. Hey! Any filter for $5 is nice!
  9. bubblefishValued MemberMember

    Can't argue that.
  10. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    :;nw +2