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light or dark sand w/ cories?

Trying to decide, light or dark sand/substrate for corydoras hasbrosus. Which looks nicer w/ bright lights, plants, tetras, and cories?
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Maybe this picture will help you visualize them with black substrate (Eco-Complete)

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I think cories look much better on light substrates. Here's my tank


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I've had them in both and they look way better with light substrates.

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I've had them in both and they look way better with light substrates.
Same here. I second Gary's comments.
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When in doubt, go with both. In one tank, I have a black sand pit and a lighter colored substrate, and the other tank I have white sand and a black substrate
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I think cories look much better on light substrates. Here's my tank

damn nice photography!

I have to agree with the light substrate for the cories.

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So many choices! I like the 2 tone idea. I also like this idea
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/my...gfisher22.html
I like a beachy look w/ rocks. I also like the dark ground. Hmmm too many choices.
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So many choices! I like the 2 tone idea. I also like this idea
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/my...gfisher22.html
I like a beachy look w/ rocks. I also like the dark ground. Hmmm too many choices.
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I have my cory's on white sand with black rock/sand mixed in and they look pretty nice on it.
With the dwarf cory's I have seen in person you will want to go with a light colored substrate because they had them on black gravel and you could hardly tell they were there at all you had to get up close to even see them properly.
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What is that white sand that yall are using for your cory's? I'd love to get some. I agree that white looks a lot better with them.

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I'm using Estes white quartz sand.

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I have Habrosus in a tank with ADA AS and the fish are very bold colored since they are on the darker substrate. If you want the darkest/richest/boldest coloration out of your fish then get dark, if you want them to be slightly more pale but pop more then go with light.


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