I'm pretty certain all 14 of my loaches would look at that and then go on a digging spree to spite me.I've found a nice PowerPoint presentation is all that's needed to convince the fish to keep the sand where it belongs ;-)
How nice to know that people disagreeing with you or choosing to want to see things fully talked about/thought through equals "likes to debate". I"m done here. OP I hope that when you do settle down with your new replacement that you no longer have these problems with sand. I know your pain too well having been in the same situation. Not a single HOB on any of my tanks pre-filter sponge or not seemed to be able to handle fish using the bottom like a kid uses a sand box. It's well worth it to save up for a canister.Make sure the bottom of your inlet strainer is about 4" from the top of the sand. The sponge prefilter will [also] help solve the problem, but you may find that it will quickly restrict flow and may need rinsing as much as twice a week. Make sure to get at least two so you can swap back and forth quickly and easily.
Also it goes without saying that the filter should be off during water changes and/or whenever you disturb the sand.
Try to ignore the sarcasm posted. Some folks just like to 'debate'. But when somebody reports a flat tire, the first solution isn't necessarily to buy a new Cadillac...not that a new Cadillac wouldn't be nice mind you. ;-)
. . .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.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.