so does anyone know which is better...small,fine gravel or sand? like which is easier to clean and mroe asteticaly pleasing.
Sand is very hard to clean and will lodge itself in your filter motor (depending on what filter you have) and break it. I have been told to avoid sand due to these issues.
More than 10 years
I have play sand in a small 10 G tank, Pool filter sand in a 55 gallon and Eco-complete which has two sizes gravel on a 15 gallon long, sahara Sand in a 30 gallon long and regular pea gravel in six other tanks.
I don't find the sand harder to keep clean just different. With Gravel debris sinks down into the gravel and has to have the gravel vac pushed down into it to get the gunk out. With sand you just kind of wave the vac over it and the stuff floats up because all the stuff is laying on the surface.
The only problem with sand is you have to stir(as in poke your fingers or a straw down in the sand) the sand to keep it from forming anaerobic pockets of air . OR put Malayasian Trumpet Smails in the tank and they will keep it stirred for you. I don't have any problems with the sand getting into my filters. But I have heard that caution offered. Hope that helps.