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Switching from HOB to Cylinder Filtration System

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Switching from HOB to Cylinder Filtration System
Old 08-08-2014, 02:44 PM   #1
 
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Hello,
I have been looking around at many sights trying to find what all would be involved in switching from an HOB Aqueon Filter to a Cylinder/Canister Filter. I have a 10 Gallon tank and the filter I currently have is the one that came with the tank. I know about the nitrite cycle and that just simply switching out the filters has a high possibility of killing my fish. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
On a side note the filter I'm considering on getting is the Tom Rapids Mini Canister Filter.
Thanks!
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:50 PM   #2
 
Great filter choice! Simply take your sponge out of the plastic holders, cut the floss of your cartridge and pour the carbon into a stocking an place that all in the new filter with the new media. You could also run the two filters simultaneously for three weeks but I would just transfer the media.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:05 PM   #3
 
Thanks! That seems simple enough, although I keep hearing about the filter sponge but I don't know where that is on the filter. Is is normally above the impeller? I only started hearing about the sponge when I began looking into switching filters.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:31 PM   #4
 
The sponge is typically right in front of the output between the output and the cartridge. It's not actually a sponge but plastic intertwined to form a block.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:38 PM   #5
 
This is what the inside of my filter looks like.

It should be attached, it doesn't seem to have a sponge at all.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:52 PM   #6
 
Is the blue thing removable? With the sticks?
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:18 PM   #7
 
Yes it is removable, I didn't realize that a sponge was the norm. Obviously you can see why I'm looking into a new filter haha.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:34 PM   #8
 
Can you take a quick photo of it removed?
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:36 PM   #9
 
This is what the typical filter sponges are made of/look like even though this is in a gutter, lol.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:42 PM   #10
 
Here you go, first one is from the back, second from the front, last one filter without it in.

Oops sorry, ill post a pick of it.
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