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post #21 of 24 Old 12-17-2008, 10:23 PM
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Be aware that a huge amount of the beneficial bacteria in your tank are housed in the filter. If you completely replace the filter with a brand new one, you can be almost guaranteed to see at least a mini-cycle. Either run both filters together (a month would be a good amount of time) then remove the old one, or move the filter media from the old filter to the new if possible.

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post #22 of 24 Old 12-18-2008, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
Even if I also have an under gravel filter in the same tank? I curently have the Elite filter going and the under gravel filter going in the same tank. If I remove the Elite and add the Aqua Clear I would still need to have the Elite and Aqua Clear running with the under gravel filter?

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post #23 of 24 Old 12-18-2008, 02:13 AM
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You could *probably* make the switch right away, then, but why gamble with the lives of your fish?

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post #24 of 24 Old 12-18-2008, 05:34 PM
i think that you shoudl run the tank with both filters for a bit but i dont think it needs to be a month. Probably 2 weeks is decent. Also squeezing water from ur old filter media into the new filter media might help it a little
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