I have sand in my kuhlI tank and my multI tank and gravel in all the others. I really don't find one harder to take care of than the other. The only thing I did different was I put Malayasian trumpet snails in my sand tanks. They keep the sand aereated(sp?)also the multis keep their sand stirred up. Soo... no problems here with sand
I suppose it depends how deep your sand is. I'm going to change my gravel for sand now, ive decided. about 2 inches on the bottom will do it. You can get really fine sand normally used for marine tanks
This is my kuhlI sand tank, it has Hygrophilia polysperma growing in it and a big piece of bamboo growing out of the top.
And my multI tank. although I don't have as much luck with plants in it because the multis keep burying them LOL. General feeling though is that you need root tabs or fertilizers to grow plants good in sand.
I have gravel or river rock in all my tanks but 1 which has sand. The sand is really growing on me. I also plan to use eco-complete on my next tank, and don't know which category that would fit in. Probably sand.
J-man: That is Anubias nana on the rock in my multI tank. It has a rhizome so it attaches to rock and wood real good. I really like it on that piece of lava rock (the rock is a kind of reddish color).There are various species of anubias and they are all really cool.I have about 5 or 6 different species in various tanks ;D Check these out.
Sand isn't really hard to clean at all. Anything you need to vacuum out is laying right on top so you just wave the vacuum tube over it and the stuff just lifts right off. I keep Malaysian trumpet snails in both sand tanks and they keep the sand aereated(sp?) so no problems there.