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Ok so I bought a canister and I am getting ready to install it, the question I have is do I leave the other filter on the tank for a while so the algae can grow on the bio media in canister or does anyone else have a better suggestion.
 

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Yes just run both filters for a few weeks and let the bacteria cultivate in the new filter. If you have some media from your current filter, you can put it in your new canister to speed up the process.
 

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I would run both for the short term
 

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I would run both in the long term. For the few cents a month that your HOB filter costs to run it is nice to over filter.
 

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Run both as long as possible. This way if you get another tank you can use your HOB to cultivate the next tank/filter. :thumb:
 
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