Re: False bottom vs Hydro
On my display tanks I use a false bottom, but it only reaches to about an inch away from the front pane of glass. I put pea gravel in that pocket because I think it looks better.
I donít put any soil on the pea gravel area- only leaf litter. That way thereís no muddy mess.
Itís also a (somewhat) convenient way to drain the entire false bottom if I want. Just finger the gravel aside for a siphon hose.