My 60L startup

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  1. AQP

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    Hi guys
    Some advice please...

    I'm setting up a 60L planted tank and have chosen this filter: https://www.aquariumkingdom.com.au/aqua-one-moray-320-internal-filter-320-lhr-3-chamber, as it is internal (space constraints) and can be "customised" in that it has 3 compartments that can easily be changed to my needs

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    This is where I am at so far...
    (PS. I will be blocking up and nooks and crannies where a fish might get trapped - water level will only be at about 70% full)

    Any help/recommendations on filter media will be appreciated

    Thanks

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    I have a 3-chamber sump-type setup and i have 1. Seachem Matrix 2. Fine dense sponge 3. filter floss for fine debris
     
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    Thanks @JoJo the Hammer
    Should I remove the carbon pieces for a planted tank and the "bio balls" as well and replace with something like Seachem?
     
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    My internal filter came with a sponge and a compartment for carbon. I removed it and replaced it with bio media. I used to have a piece of filter floss in between the media and sponge but I removed it as it used to clog up alot.
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    I would chuck the carbon and pop in Sachem Matrix if the compartment allows for it
     
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    When you use the term bio media?
    Is that the seachem (and equivalent type) product?
     
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    Bio media is just what I call the media. I got a bag of it a while ago for free and I have just been using it in most of my tanks. It become really useful when I'm starting a new tank. So I don't know if what brand they are.
     
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    Yes biomedia is stuff like Seachem matrix, ceramic rings, plastic bioballs, crushed lava stone etc - main purpose is to provide a good home for the beneficial bacteria and thus converts ammonia to nitrates. My personal favourite is matix.

    Mechanical filtration would be sponge, filter floss etc - sifts out physical particles.

    Chemical filtration would be activated carbon, Seachem Purigen etc. I prefer Purigen as it doesn’t need to be replaced so often.
     
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    I would add those bio balls to a bag. Will make it easier to clean up filter.



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    Ive read/watched that activated carbon in not good in tanks that are heavily planted as it adsorbs nutrients/chemicals needed for plant growth

    Is this correct?
     
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    Correct, only use to remove medications etc.

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    Next up is lighting...

    Some suggestions please as they are quite pricey :(
     
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    Think you’d need a light that is elevated to also illuminate the rocks, else it might look weird.

    I love the Zetlight Aqua, you can get them with or without WiFi controllers, I have the latter. Works well on a 60cm low tech, although not officially recommended for a tank that long. Just make sure to buy the version for planted tanks, not marine.
     
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    The best thing is finding a second hand zetlight if you see one available for a good price. Just from my experience.

    But if you are going for a DIY lighting I've used a LED light bulb with a 6500K spectrum for 2ft tank before for low tech plants like java fern, anubius and mosses.
     
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