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Old 01-06-2020, 05:36 PM   #1
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Switching to a Sponge Filter - questions

Hi all Ė I currently have a 5.5 gallon shrimp tank. Itís fully cycle and has been running great for almost 6 months. I am using an Aqueon quite flow 10 internal cartridge filter. Iíd like to switch to a sponge filter as they are safer for the shrimp fry and the internal takes up a lot of space. I purchased a small sponge filter, air pump, and tubing, assembled it and added it to the tank. My question is, how long should I wait to remove the old internal filter? I assume 3-4 weeks? Can I remove the filter and just leave the cartridge in the tank, or keep the entire old filter running? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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Iíd keep the old filter going for a few weeks at least. From memory a study on carbon found bacteria developing after several weeks so a month sounds good.
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