How Do I Switch Filter Types

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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
 

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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
 
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Ok I have a twenty topfin silenstream
 

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Cut the cotton stuff off of the cartridges and stuff it into the bottom of the sponge
 
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Maybe there’s carbon in the cartridge
 

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Probably, just cut the cotton off and hold it over something to catch the carbon. You won't need that stuff
 
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Ok I might thanks
 
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I don’t care it’s a covered filter
 

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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?
 

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