I noticed that in LC tank circuit designs very often people use air coils as the L element as opposed to an axial inductor. I understand that the problem with the axial ones is that they tend to self-resonate. But I also thought that using an air core coil allows for much smaller inductance (on a scale of nH), as opposed to the usual uH scale of axial inductors. This in turn allows for a larger capacitance of the capacitor in the tank so that the other capacitances in the circuit don't influence the resonant frequency as much.
Would it be reasonable to conclude that using larger capacitors and smaller inductances (air coils) is a more robust approach to designing LC tank circuits, or should the effect be negligible and the main concern be reducing self-resonance of the inductor?