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post #1 of 26 Old 12-01-2008, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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New pictures! Big change!

Hey everyone, last week I posted a few pictures of my 35 gallon community aquarium. Well on Saturday I decided to switch from larger bright white gravel to some nice silica sand. I'm looking into planting this tank over the next few months, so this is a start!

So here is a before picture:


And the night I switched to sand:


And now two days later, after the water cleared:


You can see my Bamboo Shrimp, my Julli Cory (soon to be adding 3 more), a few of my tiger barbs and danios, aswell as my Bolivian Ram! There is also a bristlenose pleco hiding behind some drift wood. Speaking of the driftwood, I boiled it for about 20 minutes which helped stop a lot of tanins being released into the water, keeping it nice and clear!

Let me know what you think!

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post #2 of 26 Old 12-01-2008, 07:00 PM
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You're pictures don't show up for me. Bummer, as I would have liked to have seen them....

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post #3 of 26 Old 12-01-2008, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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hmm odd, let me work on it!
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post #4 of 26 Old 12-01-2008, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Here it is before:


Right after the sand switch:


aaaand two days later after the "dust" settled:
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post #5 of 26 Old 12-01-2008, 07:19 PM
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Your new substrate looks so much better! The white was so stark looking and now it looks more "natural". Nice job!

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post #6 of 26 Old 12-01-2008, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! That was the plan, with more live plants and maybe a few smaller peices of lava rock I can produce a much more natural aquarium for my fish!
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post #7 of 26 Old 12-01-2008, 07:54 PM
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Well you have achieved your goal of the tank looking natural. Background looks great, and the new substrate looks really good. I can't wait to see it planted! Good Luck,

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post #8 of 26 Old 12-01-2008, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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I was actually thinking of trying a black background for the tank, but I'm not sure, I kind of like how "full" the scenic background makes the tank look. I think once I start planting it I might end up switching to black to showcase the live plants.

Thank you for your comments!
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post #9 of 26 Old 12-01-2008, 08:04 PM
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I have black backgrounds on my tanks and it really makes the plants stand out. I highly recommend black!

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post #10 of 26 Old 12-01-2008, 09:01 PM
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Very nice change. Love it.

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