Removing An Older Filter?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Levibeast, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Levibeast Valued Member Member

    Okay so I got a filter included with my kit for my 10g tank, but I don't like it too much. I added a 2nd sponge filter a couple of weeks ago. I'm wondering when will it be okay for me to remove my first filter. My tank is cycled now or really close to it. Thanks!

  2. BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    Just put the cycled media from your old filter into your new filter.
    Or, wait a month or a little bit more before removing the old filter.

  3. Levibeast Valued Member Member

    My first filter was an internal filter and my sponge filter doesn't really seem to have a place to put anything.
  4. BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    Then keep both running and turn off the old one after a month or more.
    You can try grabbing some cycled media from the internal filter and somehow sticking it to the sponge filter, I think that should make the process faster.
  5. Levibeast Valued Member Member

    So my internal filter has these packets inside, that look like mesh covering rocks or something, is that the cycled media?
  6. bgclarke Well Known Member Member

    What colour are the rocks?
    If they are black that is charcoal.

    What brand filter came with your kit?
  7. BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    It is charcoal, do you have any other bag with something like a sponge or filter floss? There should be some bacteria in the charcoal, try sticking it to the sponge filter if that is the only thing you have.
  8. Levibeast Valued Member Member

    I have the Grreat Choice Aquarium kit from PetSmart. It's the one that is included I guess.