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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Substrate for Chocolate Neos

I know dark (black) substrate is pretty popular with many of the shrimps (CRS, Fire Reds, etc.) to help bring out the color.

But I was wondering what everyone else would recommend for the Chocolate Neos who are already dark. Would something light like PFS help bring out the color better? I would think a black substrate would make them disappear...LOL.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 06:45 PM
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You could try something light and if not happy put them on something dark. Cherries only need inert substrate, so you won't hurt anything or need a cycle to if you decide to change.

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Pool Filter Sand will work quite well. Though, the darker the substrate, the darker the shrimp will appear.

As long as you have plenty of greenery and dark material like driftwood/manzanita in the tank, that'll help them stay dark.
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i ended up mixing some black sand and pool filter sand for the oebt i had cause on black sand all you would see was little orange eyes moving around and on pool filter they would get really light colored. i used mainly pool filter sand with a really thin layer of black over it so as they picked though the sand it would mix. it worked out really well
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Many of my chocolates are black, and I'm thinking nothing's gonna make them fade, the color so solid through their shells. Unfortunately their tanks have dark substrates, one with Fluval Shrimp Substrate (the Ebi tank) the other with black old fashioned inert gravel (the hex). They are lost in their tanks unless they're in the weeds near the glass where I can see em.

I am thinking of setting up a new 10 gallon tank where I can put just the chocolates... and may try a lighter colored substrate so I might see more of them. (Just need to find space for a new tank! LOL!)
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What about ADA Mekong Sand 2kg Powder?

It looks darker than it is, but has specks of brown and tan that would pick up their coloring nicely. I'm not sure how it works with shrimp though.

Here's the sand in my vase to get a better idea on the color:




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here is what i did
mixed black and pool filter


all black sand (find the shrimp?)


just pool filter sand
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here is what i did
mixed black and pool filter


This mix looks nice, and I bet you can adjust the ratio of black to white to get it just how you'd like it. I assume the price point is better than the ADA sand.


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ha alot a 50lb lb bag of pool filter sand runs $10-$15
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Liking the pool filter sand. Is it inert? Where can I get some? :-)

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Liking the pool filter sand. Is it inert? Where can I get some? :-)

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Hehe any pool store usually. xD
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I'd skip mixing dark and light substrates. Not always a natural look.

If you go the pool filter sand route, be sure you shop around to find one that suits your aesthetic, as there are dozens of looks and colors on the market.

Some can look quite nice:




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Some can look rather janky. Since it's all pretty cheap, check around for different brands, colors and grades.
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That is some nice PFS shocked. Where are you getting that PFS from? I am from Bowling Green, so hopefully we have a similar store? The PFS I am getting from Ace is very uniform....so its pretty white.
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Ya no dark sub. I have black with my chocos and crs. Looking into the tank from 2 feet away I can spot at least half the crs and maybe one choco. But chocos are awesome. Out of the 18 I have they are probably 10 shades or chocolate.
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You'll need to visit other hardware stores, big box stores and pool supply centers. Just shop around until you find what you're looking for.

Mine comes from a neighborhood pool & pond store.

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That is some nice PFS shocked. Where are you getting that PFS from? I am from Bowling Green, so hopefully we have a similar store? The PFS I am getting from Ace is very uniform....so its pretty white.
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