I'm planning to buy an AZOO palm filter to replace the filter I currently have that came with the Aqueon 2.5 minibow. I know that I'll have to modify the hood of the tank somewhat to make the filter fit, but I'm willing to do that, and I think my dad has the tools to manage it. I also read that the filter has a little space to add filter beads, so I was wondering: what would be the best filter media to add in the extra space?
And does anyone have any advice on how to do a fish-in cycle after I switch to this new filter? My current filter is completely overrun with algae, which is part of why I want to switch over to a new filter, among other reasons. As such, I don't think transferring whatever BB I have to my new filter is going to work without bringing along all that algae. I think a fresh start would be best. Ideas?