I have a 55 gallon set up about two months now. I put pool sand in it. So far, I love it. Trash/mulm sits on top, and is easily siphoned off. You can see the trash easily in whiteish colored sand. My crypts are growing quickly in it. Yes, the fish can pull the plants out easily at first, but my crypts took hold quickly. I've had gravels and that black sand/blasting sand before, and I must say I like this whitish colored pool sand much better. I have 11 albino corys, 8 otos, and three angels in this tank. It looks very nice and clean. Over time the algae may turn it some greenish tint, or not. I haven't had it long enough to know that aspect yet. But I am doubtful this will be an issue. Just stir up the sand and bury the algae covered grains and they should die, I guess.