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Old 01-05-2013, 07:46 PM   #1 
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New filter

I'm planning on getting a new filter for one of my 10 gal. tanks, because when I got the filter I thought my tank was a 15 gal. instead of 10 (I know, stupid), so now I've had this giant over-sized filter taking up more space than needed in the tank. (It's a Tetra Whisper 20i)

I have a Tetra Whisper 10i for my other 10 gallon tank, and it works & fits perfectly, but I don't want to get a new filter and lose all the good bacteria from my old one.

Can I take out the cartridge in my current filter, and put it behind the cartridge in my new one, so the bacteria can form in the newer one? Or is there a better way to do it?

Help is much appreciated!
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:32 PM   #2 
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you can definitely do that!

I just had to get a new filter for my 26 and I just cut out all the filter floss from the old filter and put it in the new filter since it wouldnt fit wit the actual plastic part that makes it hold its form.
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you can definitely do that!

I just had to get a new filter for my 26 and I just cut out all the filter floss from the old filter and put it in the new filter since it wouldnt fit wit the actual plastic part that makes it hold its form.
Okay great! I'll definitely do it tomorrow! Thanks.
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Good plan!
Be prepared that your water parameters might be out of whack for a week or so, but with all that good bacteria from the old filter media it won't be anything like re-cycling it
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