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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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substrate, sand or black?

Im in a little pickle here. Ill be setting up my new 55 gallon but wondering if I should cap my soil (top soil, greensand, kelp meal) with silica sand, or flourite black sand?

I seen pictures of both and both looks fine, im planning on painting my back of my tank black. Ill be having manzanita driftwood in the tank alot of rummy nose tetras and cories. I will have a carpet plant probably HC or Ug (ug getting hard to find) and grow them emmersed for a month or so so that my cories wont dig them up.

so what should I do, black or sand?

Really need opinions here thanks
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Many fish are going to show off their color better in dark surroundings. Brightly colored fish in a light area will pale out so as to stay camouflaged against predators. In a dark location their instinct says they are not out in the open, under the sky where birds and other predators can find them, and in the dark they need to show off their colors to communicate with their school.
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With a black backround, I would go with sand.

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one thing i've noticed that happens when you combine a dark background with a dark substrate is that you end up with a pretty dark looking tank. not dark like not enough light but dark as in it has a somber feel to it. both of my tanks have a black background and like prefer the look of a light colored substrate.

it really boils down to a personal preference. i think that the HC will probably stay rooted better in the flourite if that is a concern.

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I think that black substrate mixed with a black background looks the best in my opinion. (unless you are amano and can make anything work )

your plants will stand out more against the black, and same with the fish as stated above.


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