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Does black substrate show-off fish waste?

I am in the process of deciding on a substrate for my future plant tank. I like the idea of black, but does black have the same problem as white sand in that it shows fish poop too well? If so, my wife will nag me constantly about how yucky it looks and that I need to clean it.

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Not as bad as white sand. If it's heavily planted it doesn't matter either way.
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Not as bad as white sand. If it's heavily planted it doesn't matter either way.
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White sand is horrible. You see detritus floating around everywhere.
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i have eco complete and i never notice any fish/shrimp/snail waste on the substrate. it helps that there are a few other colors than black though.
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I have Soilmaster Select (supposedly the same thing as dark grey Turface). It's not deep black but a nice deep dark grey. Since using it I have noticed fish waste and other matter much less than when I had pure white sand. Then again I found that my water movement was a little lower than it should have been and I added another eheim to my 72 gal when I added an in-line CO2 reactor, so I now have two canisters going with intakes at both ends. Also added a Koralia circulation pump to move some dead spots---all for the sake of better CO2 coverage---but that and a few corys and couple plecos to keep the substrate surface mixed up from time to time, and I barely see any waste anymore---and I am a bit overloaded with fish too. I used to vacuum almost nightly to clean up poop and detritus and now I never do. So the darker substrate helps but if it's so bad that your wife is commenting I think you'd be good to add another filter. It does not hurt and until I added my second eheim I had no idea just how CRYSTAL clear my tank could really be! It used to be good. Now it's amazing. So clear it's breath-taking actually.
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I have fluorite dark and I see nothing until it's in the Python. I have another tank with filter sand and the poo is quite noticeable. Helps me stay on top of water changes!
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Not too bad. In fact, I would think it would conceal it somewhat.
While I've never had white sand or substrate, I had some light tan "beach sand" in a cichlid tank and it showed anything that settled to the ground quite easily (uneaten food, poop, etc).

As far as fish *color*, I would recommend a darker substrate as it won't reflect the light as much and the fish feel more comfortable and thus, show their colors more.

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