Switch Filter Types How Do I

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Epicoz, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. EpicozWell Known MemberMember

    How do I switch my cartridge filter to a sponge filter. I have a sponge in there but want to go full sponge. Should I just pick up a sponge at my LFS and put it in with my cartridge for a month then take out the cartridge
  2. kallililly1973Well Known MemberMember

    What kind of filter? It’s also a good idea if you have room to get some ceramic media or something porous and put it in a small mesh bag and leave it at the bottom of your filter for more bb to grow on

  3. EpicozWell Known MemberMember

    Ok I have a twenty topfin silenstream
  4. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Cut the cotton stuff off of the cartridges and stuff it into the bottom of the sponge
  5. EpicozWell Known MemberMember

    Maybe there’s carbon in the cartridge
  6. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Probably, just cut the cotton off and hold it over something to catch the carbon. You won't need that stuff
  7. EpicozWell Known MemberMember

    Ok I might thanks
  8. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    It won't look pretty, but it works
  9. EpicozWell Known MemberMember

    I don’t care it’s a covered filter
  10. IslandvicWell Known MemberMember

    I would run the sponge filters for at least 2 weeks in the tank along side the HOB.

    Then pull the HOB and run only the sponge filters.

    Are you going to run 1 or 2 sponge filters?

    Any reason not to keep using the Silenstream along with a sponge filter?