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post #11 of 13 Old 02-21-2013, 08:16 AM
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Sand is great, I prefer it to gravel. I recommend black sand if you can afford it - it hides the fish "poo" better visually and the tank colors pop!

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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Thanks! Helpful information!
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post #13 of 13 Old 02-21-2013, 11:26 AM
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I actually found black to show stuff more than a mix. I now use play sand which is a mix of black/gray/white/tan particles and the corys are doing very well. This also replicates their natural habitat sand.

I had always wanted a black substrate, so I set one up two years ago using Flourite Black. It always looked "dirty" so two weeks ago I pulled it out and replaced it with play sand. The black also looked odd, perhaps because of the tank light spectrum; the sand looks different under water with the light too, though still natural.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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