Originally Posted by Solarcool
I don't know anything about sand. What is the exact name. Is sand better then gravel? Do you clean sand the same way is with a siphon tube?
Some of the people here use ordinary play sand ( home depot ) which if you get a really light color to it makes a tank look attractive OR there is pool filter sand ( PFS) which can be picked up at a local pool / spa outfit. Either seem to work well, there's less dusting with PFS but it's 3X more expensive generally.
Cleaning is easy to do as nothing is really going to sink into it. You just go over the top with a suction tube and suck up all the nasties that you can see.
I thought gravel was cool too until I tried sand. With gravel you have to get underneath it all as "junk" has a habit of getting into all the nooks and crannies.
, just makes it easier to deal with.