So being newbie with aquariums and only having a limited knowledge with just a few years experience, I am trying to make sure that I have the correct knowledge base befor I go out and buy everything to set my tank back up. I plan on having a community planted tank and currently have 2 Marineland Hot Magnum Pro HOB
filters. This is the model with the bio filter.
I have a 65 gallon aquarium and the 2 hot magnums together will run up to 110 gallons being that they are rated to up to 55 gallons each. I would like to run the micron polisher in one of the filters to keep the water clear and have the other filter for my biological filter medium to work with the bio wheels. First question is do you think this would produce a good outcome for the water quality and clarity? Would you set up the 2 filters in a different way? Also what media do you like best for the biological filter? I know I want to steer away from carbon. I want something that is good but not too pricey. I was thinking about seachem matrix, eheim pro, or some kind of ceramic or plastic media. Keep in mind my media filter container on the magnum aren't really that big so any media needs to be on the smaller side.
Another question I have is since many biological filters are ceramic, could I possibly make some ceramic media if I have access to ceramic clay and a kiln? I wasn't sure if that is the same ceramic or if the pottery ceramics would contain things you wouldn't want in your aquarium. Unglazed pottery ceramics is porous and can be textured easily. Thanks!