I'm planning to do 100% clean outs of my tanks this week so I feel like it's a good time to consider changing the substrate. Right now I use flat glass stones. They look lovely but i'm concerned they're not as clean as they should be. It's difficult to get the plants to stick in them, and then when i vacuum, if one rock shifts, 5 rocks shift, and the plants are floating again. I've noticed an accumulation of junk on the bottom of the tanks that isn't always getting picked up by vacuuming, so i'm researching sand.
I know there are a few threads here on sand but nothing particularly in depth. Can anyone who has used sand tell : is it easy to clean? Do you like it? Is there any particular type of sand that is good or bad? Does it affect pH levels at all? How often do you need to take all the sand out and rinse it?