Originally Posted by MitchellLion
Thanks for the welcoming
Yes I got filters that hang off the back
Marineland filters (which broke easier)
And Fluval (which was much quieter but still broke)
I think the best for option for me I think would be to use a sponge around the intake for now and look into buying a canister later,
And yes there are a couple of my fish who kick up sand
Thanks for all the help this problem was really discouraging me for a while.
. . .Just to throw another option out there, just as Jaysee's (gorgeous) Moonlight sand was very light, there are other sands, like Tahitian Moon, that are of a thicker grain, and thus heavier. This depends on the creatures you keep, of course, so you may need to do some research first. I use this sand with Kuhli loaches and Bolivian Rams - soft bellies and diggers - it doesn't get kicked up like 'normal' sand does with these guys, but they seem to like it just fine.
Adding the sponge asap is a great idea to protect the current filter while you figure out where you're going - you've gotten plenty of great suggestions here - be sure to check back in and let us know how you solve your dilemma (hooray for new cars *ahem* filters)
I always find the debating interesting, provided it stays kind.
I really do like to hear different takes on the same situation - feel it allows me to gain a deeper understanding from the experience of others, and so I am able to make a better decision about what will work for me, personally.
Perhaps we should suggest putting a 'hot topic' board up somewhere? We can go back and forth about filtration, water changes, and sumps as much as we like - without making decisions difficult for newer members. . .
Kind of feeling bad for whoever gets stuck moderating over there, though