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Old 02-12-2012, 12:07 AM   #1
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I've just purchased an Aqua Clear 110 to replace my Emperor 400 which is getting tired and noisy. Should I run them side by side for a period of time before the new Aqua Clear establishes itself with bacteria etc, and for how long? Or can I just unplug the old filter?

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Old 02-12-2012, 12:14 AM   #2
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Yes run them at the same time. After 2-3 weeks, take off the emporor. Test the water daily for another 2-3 weeks and perform the necessary water changes if ammonia and/or nitrite shows.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:05 AM   #3
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I've just purchased an Aqua Clear 110 to replace my Emperor 400 which is getting tired and noisy. Should I run them side by side for a period of time before the new Aqua Clear establishes itself with bacteria etc, and for how long? Or can I just unplug the old filter?

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Agreed Run them Both, longer the better.....question though? Other than the noise, why the swap? I went the other way....Swapped an Overworked AquaClear for an Emp 400. I love them they work great with my Oscars.In the past I have just replaced the prop seems to bring new life to them and you can't beat the Bio wheels.
I am looking for a Filter for my 30 gal and looking for opinions. Not trying to highjack the thread so PM me if you want...Thx
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:18 PM   #4
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I've just purchased an Aqua Clear 110 to replace my Emperor 400 which is getting tired and noisy. Should I run them side by side for a period of time before the new Aqua Clear establishes itself with bacteria etc, and for how long? Or can I just unplug the old filter?

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If the new one will hold the hold filter why not just move the filters instead? If the new one will hold 2 filters just use one old and one new
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I agree about transfering filter media to aquaclear and adding new if you have extra room. I love aquaclear filters over any other HOB.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:14 PM   #6
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Main reason for me changing is the noise - my tank is in my bedroom, and got tired of the rattling noise. But the Emperor served me well...about 10 years and a few impellers.

Thanks for the advice guys!
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