pocket sized ninja
What substrate is easiest to clean? (if there is one)
I find sand to be far easier to clean than gravel.
Waste collects in certain areas with sand, so just place the vac over the waste, but not touching the sand, and it gets sucked up. So you won't have to vac the entire thing, just spot cleaning.
Truthfully, I never have to vac. Even in the 90, which has 3 goldfish, 2 plecos and 40 other fish, there is never any visible waste - the filtration systems pick it all up.
appreciate your input on sand substrate cleaning.
the "poo" of the Jack Dempsey / parrots are big enough; cannot be picked up by the 2-fluval 305 that I have.
How do you have them set up? I have one pushing water across the front and the other back across the back, making a circular flow in the tank. I also have one of the pickups about an inch off the sand - the other is in the middle.
ALL sand is silica sand. It's what sand it. He's saying that to absolve himself of any liability. They sell pool filter sand made by a company that makes pool filter sand for use in pool filters. Using products beyond there intended use is not inherently bad. There's just no reason why a pool filter sand company would take the time and money to certify their sand as aquarium safe....since they sell pool filter sand and not aquarium sand.
You'll need another bag though.