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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, 03:44 PM   #11
 
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:45 PM   #12
 
Interesting. I would run the two side-by-side for three weeks but with the cartridge and carbon in the other filter as I previously described. I haven't ever seen an HOB without a sponge.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:48 PM   #13
 
Okay thanks, glad to know that it's supposed to have one. :P Where would I put the cartridge in the other filter, as in the cartridge fiber material. I know where the carbon would go.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:09 AM   #14
 
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Interesting. I would run the two side-by-side for three weeks but with the cartridge and carbon in the other filter as I previously described. I haven't ever seen an HOB without a sponge.
And I've never seen a HOB WITH a sponge! I thought it was a trait of the HOB to have floss, not sponge media.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:20 AM   #15
 
Just put it in with your other media, doesn't have to be anywhere specific.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:20 AM   #16
 
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Aqueon uses a proprietary cartridge, much like many other hob filters. That blue grid media holder is supposed to provide a place for nitrifying bacteria to grow, as if they know that, and allows you to change the mechanical filtration out without affecting the bio filtration, in theory. This is similar to the frames on Whisper filters. IMO both of those filters suck. AquaClear hob's have the sponge & such as stock media, though you can fill them with pretty much anything.

I'd toss the Aqueon media in the canister, toss the blue frame in the tank where there's some water flow for about a week. Fast the fish for a day before the switch, feed lightly for the next week to avoid any cycling issues.
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