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post #11 of 17 Old 12-13-2009, 07:19 PM
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i have white gravel... it looks awsome!
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-13-2009, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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I will admit that I have had a tank with what I would call a "cotton candy mixture" (those poor fish). I do, however reason that was a kiddie tank that I had many years ago, and in the end it is really up to the individuals' taste. Though the natural colors are very important because they are a.) Natural, and b.) Timeless.
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-13-2009, 07:48 PM
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I like using the darker colours. The fishes colours really pop with the darker gravel. Also,it's easier to see if you've been overfeeding,because the residue accumulates on the bottom and you can vacuum it all up easier if you can see it!! I mean,the cory's can only do so much!
The colour of my Bookcase tank is dark blue.With the lite on,it reflects lighter on the top,and darker on down to the bottom! My 55g has a black and deep red gravel,that looks fine with all the Guppies and Platys and Tetras,etc. in that tank; my 35g has med. size sand with med.size natural pebbles.on 'n on.............

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post #14 of 17 Old 12-13-2009, 07:51 PM
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Hey... my first tank was fluorescent blue... which may be the reason I stayed away from the hobby for 15 years before picking it up again.

IMO, if you're looking to make a statement with your tank... plants are the way to go... not the gravel.
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-16-2009, 12:38 AM

Thanks, I like it. I always liked the crushed coral look but It would make my water params way off so I did the white gravel. I was really worried that it wouldn't look right, but After seeing one set up with white I was set.

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rsheets - your 150 gal is sweet. I hope to have a huge tank like that in the future. The white gravel was a good choice
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-16-2009, 12:56 AM
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I switched out all my gravel for sand. I have pool filter sand in my 55 gal. tank that is a courser sand is a mixture of colors but looks tannish white. All my other tanks have black sand in them. The colorful fish show up really nice against it like glow lights, neon tetras, red cherry shrimp,yellow shrimps. My tanks are planted low-light with out co2 and the black sand has iron in it so the plants grow well. I also have a solid black background that shows off the fish and plants really well instead of those sea scape backgrounds. I will never go back to gravel after switching to sand.
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-16-2009, 07:21 AM
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I made the mistake of using white marble chip sand in my goldfish tank...
Wth the lovely brown algae, blueish stain from medication, and constant supply of poop, looks dull and gray, absolutely horrible... White was a bad choice :p
I think in any tank, silica sand looks better - bright, but not too white.
Marble chip is absolutely colourless, like salt or sugar, and tends to wash out other colours. There's just enough golden hue in silica sand to look natural and harmonious.

The black sand/gravel in the 55g tank looks velvety and nice, and the lonely minnow inhabitants have deepened their colours significantly after mere hours in there. I think it would be much better for shy fish, rather than something bright and glarey. Though, it reflects less light up into plants.
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