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Filter media for hob?

I have a small petco maybe rated between 10-20 gallon tanks. Right now I have ceramic bio media in the bottom, some plastic boi balls on top of that and a coarse sponge where the water flows out. And of course my sponge prefilter. But what should I really use in the media section of my filter. I have some phoszorb, ammochips, charcoal, polishing pads also on hand.

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As in planting the filter?

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yes, especially those plants don't need soil, easier to clean when HoB is clogged.
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That's an awful lot of work haha.

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For shrimp? Just add more sponges to your filter if you have room. Or leave some space open for a pillow of Purigen.
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So I should go buy some perigen and take out what I have in there. Add a sponge?

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Just a little purigen to help purify the water. It doesn't replace traditional media per se. Ceramic balls or tubes are fine, as are sponges.
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So keep my sponge, add half my water polishing sponge, keep the ceramic bio media and add purigen and it should be good?

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I would only use Purigen if you want your water to have that polished look.

Sponges are all you really need. Ceramic media is a good added bonus with tons of surface area.
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I put a mix of amo carb, ammonia zealot chips, and phoszorb earlier today to clear the water a bit. I just went to sf to pick up some purigen, so ill be changing that out tomorrow. And I put a water polishing pad in today to replace the coarse thin sponge

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If you put ammo carb to suck up ammonia, you'll never get a thriving population of beneficial bacteria going because all the ammonia is being absorbed already.
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I put a mix of amo carb, ammonia zealot chips, and phoszorb earlier today to clear the water a bit. I just went to sf to pick up some purigen, so ill be changing that out tomorrow. And I put a water polishing pad in today to replace the coarse thin sponge
If you need to use all that stuff in your filter there must be some serious issues.

Sponges are all you need. There's plenty of surface are for bacteria. No need for anything else. Purigen if you want polished, carbon to remove meds or if something gets in the water that shouldn't be there. No need to make it more complicated.

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Thes no issues with the tank, but I would rather be safer than sorry, take out the ammonia etc before it gets a chance to buildup. I replaced the sponge filter with one I had aged for about two months in my other tank. Squeezed it out a little and popped it on.

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