There are many types of containers you can use; my *suggestion* about sterilite is from my own research and experience with an ATO container.I syphon the water from the bottom making water changes is a lot of work. I already have lave rock as media But I have been told that lava rock releases too much bad stuff into the water so going with sponges. I clean my sponges once between water changes. I have been told to use Sterilight products. I am waiting for confirmation before I purchase a particular Sterilight product to hold the sponges.