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Black substrate and dark colored fish

I'm seriously thinking about getting TMS to redo a tank. The tank has black background. My only worry is that I might not be able to easily see my peppered cories. If you have black substrate and dark-colored fish, please let me know about your experience.
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Youll see you cories more IMO as theyll feel more comfortable in a darker appearing environment.

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Concur with Chad320. I have 7 peppered cories with black substrate and black background. They're always around and in view in a heavily planted tank. They are so comfortable, in fact, that I noticed yesterday I have at least 2 baby peppered cories (they're hard to count because the babies hide at the drop of a hat.) So I guess now I have at least nine.

Anyway, you won't have any problems seeing your cories with dark background and substrate. In fact, you get a sort of reverse contrast, where the dark spots blend in and the lighter parts stick out. They aren't hard to see at all.
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I have one emerald cory and a chocolate pleco that are pretty dark in my tank with black sand. Yes they are harder to see as compared to a tank with light substrate, but you can certainly see them, it shouldn't be a problem with peppered corys.
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I also have bronze, julii, sterbai and panda cories. I guess they'll stand out against black substrate.
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Cories -- many fish actually -- also tend to darken their backs to match the color of the substrate. Is a defensive camouflage thing.

You will easily see them with the naked eye, but they tend to disappear in photographs.

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