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light coloured substrate?

most ppl seem to prefer a dark coloured substrate for planted tanks.This giving a more "natural look"...i have been given quite alot of nice looking (near white) fine gravel type substrate that my friend bought but never used..my question is...can a planted tank look nice and natural with light coloured substrate?
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Absolutely. You can make a stunning aquarium regardless of the colour of the substrate.

Many people do, however, choose to use a dark substrate, with a lighter coloured substrate acting as an accent.

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Takshi Amano, at least in his earlier days, only used white light sans. And who in earth could call his tanks anything less than immaculate? Lol

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I've tried many substrates, but really prefer white silica pool filter sand, for the way it really brightens up the tank, fish and plants.
Have a look - here's the link: (hope it works, if it doesn't, I'll try another)
http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...l/FTS-Osaka260
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I just started using sand, I have a light tan all purpose sand. The fish don't seem to mind it and it looks really nice.

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I've tried many substrates, but really prefer white silica pool filter sand, for the way it really brightens up the tank, fish and plants.
Have a look - here's the link: (hope it works, if it doesn't, I'll try another)
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I've heard that most fish and shrimp actually get a little more vibrant with a darker substrate.

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i use pool filter sand to cap my mts, you can see pics in the journal link in my sig. i really like the lighter substrate look myself. i had a friend with a 180 gallon african cichlid tank with light sand in it, and i have liked it ever since.


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Thanx everyone..i just needed a bit of reassurance ...Think ill give it a go
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I've heard that most fish and shrimp actually get a little more vibrant with a darker substrate.
the only fish i know of that doesn't are some discus. they get "peppering" from dark substrates and black backgrounds. a lot of people will raise discus in a bare bottom tank with all sides painted blue except the front.


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