Because I keep dwarf Rift Lake cichlids and use sand substrates, I’m always performing sand maintenance of some kind. Whether shell dwellers or mbuna, they’ll dig and move sand around. This is fine except when they inadvertently act like house cats and bury their feces. For this and other reasons, I’m partial to lighter color sand. For one, detritus and fish waste are more easily spotted on light sand. Secondly, buried feces is also easily spotted because it generally will lie just under the sand, which gives it a darker shade than the surrounding clean sand, almost like a shadow.
One tool that makes sand maintenance easier is the algae scraper multi-tool, particularly when it includes the slotted shovel attachment. There are several brands, but I’m partial to the one made by Kollercraft under the brand name TOM. It is well made and comes with interchangeable components. Available in three handle lengths (14″, 22″, and 34″), it includes the slotted shovel along with a metal scraper and a padded glass scrubber that swivels on two axes (that’s the plural of axis, btw). I actually use the slotted shovel as a sand rake. It works perfectly to flatten sand piles and greatly helps to uncover buried feces.
Pictured below is the 14″ Tom with the three interchangeable components. The pieces easily snap into the handle and fit securely. Your LFS probably carries the TOM. If not, you can find it online via various retailers including Amazon.