Is 2 Weeks Long Enough To Cycle Sponge Filter?

motherofbettas

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I've had my sponge filter running in my cycled 10 gallon tank for 2 weeks now along with my other filter. I'm wondering if I can officially retire my other filter now? Or should I wait another week?
 

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I would wait another 2 weeks to be safe. You don't want to pull it out to early and find out that it's not quite ready.
 

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Is your old filter a cartridge type? I ran mine together for 2-3 weeks and then I dumped the carbon out of the old cartridge and tied it around my sponge for another few weeks before taking it out permanently.
 

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Have you tested your water? That would be a sure way to know
 

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I have cut a piece of seeded sponge from my old tank and put that in my new tank's filter. And I replaced the missing piece in old tank with new piece of sponge.
 
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Fashooga said:
Sounds like the OP wants to get rid of the HOB filter she has...
Yes! That’s the plan! I’m content to wait a big longer to be absolutely sure though! I don’t want to damage my cycle in anyway Thanks everyone for your responses! I’ll wait another two weeks!
 
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