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Substrate Colour?

Hey i'm going to set up a planted tank and i don't know which substrate colour to use. should it be white or black?

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Black Flourite in mine ... doesn't show any algae anywhere near as fast as a light coloured substrat does ...
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black. fishes are more comfortable and they color up more. and the green of plants sticks out (not to mention the glory it gives to red plants).

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looks like it's leaning toward black. i'll wait some more.

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Definitely black. White substrate shows everything and will get really messy very quickly

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Definitely black. White substrate shows everything and will get really messy very quickly
I agree, I had white sand for a while and it got very messy very quick. I ended up changing it within a month.
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During my transition from sand to flourite my tank was half sand and half red flourite. What I noticed right away was my fish all moved over to the side of the tank with the darker substrate. They were also brighter in color, which indicated that they were happier on that side of the tank. After knowing this, I will never again subject my fish friends to a light substrate.
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I guess i have reached my verdict. i'll get either eco-complete or tahitian moon sand. which one though?

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i like eco. its a good substrate, escpecially if you can get your hands on the older kind (its slightly darker).

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1 for eco 0 for tahitian (should i start a new poll or can i change the old one?)

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I like black, personally. Shows off the plant and fish colors best IMO.

I agree, white shows dirt too much. There's almost no white in my house at all, as a matter of fact, for that very reason... LOL





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Lol. black sounds the best so far.

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Eco Complete and Tahitian moon cost about the same.......so you might as well get the one that has nutrients in it, unless you just want some expensive black sand.

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i would say black also.i have white/creamish sand in a 25g high and i have to rake it every week during water changes.it just looks dirty to me all the time.going to change it out this spring or summer to black.allwet......
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Black black black black......I guess everyone here likes black. It is the best colour for any tank I believe


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