Originally Posted by RussellTheShihTzu
I have sand substrate in a three-way divided 20 long. You can pour the water over a rock or other decoration, on the Plexiglas divider so it goes into both sides or use a defuser (a plastic cup with holes near the bottom works great).
I much prefer sand because it's easier to clean than gravel. I used gravel for donkey's years (try 40). This is my first sand substrate and I would never go back.
Ahh yeah I am trying to decide between sand and the gravel...sand just looks so smooth and pretty and i'm sure my ghost shrimp would appreciate it (since all the junk is right there) and I find it would be a bit easier to catch other junk....
The fluval filter I have is long, vertical wise, with an exit on each end so my dad was finding away so that the plexi glass goes around it so it would be evenly divided...that way I don't see it being a problem with the current really moving the sand around (and since it's near the top and an adjustable flow...)
Silly question, but when you purchase the sand and want to rinse it off before putting it in the tank, is that difficult?
(ha also your username and icon, so cute, love shih tzus!)