11-01-2006, 10:34 AM
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Your established tank is the 46 Gallon you have in your signature? Is the Aqua clear the only filter you have in your established tank?
Removing the biobag won't completely disapate your beneifical bacteria, it colonizes in other parts of the filter, ornaments, plants, substrate, so I don't think it will be too bad. Also, since you have quite a few live plants, that will help in the overall biological filtration. It probably would have been better if you had 2 filters, that way you could take some media from one, and keep the media from the other in your established tank. But I think you'll be alright. Test the water frequenty, keep an eye on the ammonia and nitrites, just to be safe.