Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: South Eastern Michigan
I have a makeshift Zoomed 501 canister for my 10 Gallon planted tank. Naturally, I didn't keep any of the contents, and built my own.
I have a custom cut sponge layer>2 filter floss layers>way too much Purigen> then, on the outboard side of the canister, I have the other half of the canister full of Matrix (way more than needed).
Sponge= Mechanical and bio filter, really there to catch the plant stuff
Filter floss= Water polishing and more filtration for finer particles
Purigen in a bag= mooooore polishing!
Matrix= tonnnns of bio filtration! I chose matrix because of the surface area it provides.
Although I don't suggest this for a 10G planted tank as it is WAY overkill, but I can promise your tank will look like it's filled with air! lol