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post #1 of 32 Old 06-05-2008, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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i was wondering if theres anything wrong with black gravel

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post #2 of 32 Old 06-05-2008, 05:54 PM
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It really depends on the fish, exact type of gravel, etc. While there is nothing inherently wrong with black, strong colors often change the coloration of certain fish you are keeping, as there are many that can and will change color to match. Generally lighter colors will bleach out a fish whereas darker colors will bring them out, but you'll have to check each individual fish.
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post #3 of 32 Old 06-06-2008, 10:15 PM
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i was wondering if theres anything wrong with black gravel
Absolutely.
Black Gravel is evil.
It will make your fish evil.

/ No - there is nothing wrong with any of the black gravels sold for aquarium use. In fact, black gravel with low lighting and some low light plants and driftwood is the very best way to show off most tetras.

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post #4 of 32 Old 06-06-2008, 11:51 PM
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there nothing wrong with it like one of the other post said it will the colers out on some fish, i've alway like the the more natural looking gravel or the sand. just because it make the tank look more relistic. but there nothing really wrong with, infact some people use it to breed there fish. so it really what ever float your boat.
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post #5 of 32 Old 06-07-2008, 03:38 AM
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Black Gravel is evil.
It will make your fish evil.


I love black gravel - and I think it looks particularly effective in a planted tank.
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post #6 of 32 Old 06-08-2008, 08:52 AM
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Black Gravel is evil.
It will make your fish evil.


I love black gravel - and I think it looks particularly effective in a planted tank.
I have black substrate in 5 1/2 of 12 tanks. It is very nice in a planted tank, and it sucks the light right out of the water for a low light look without actually having low lighting. Under those conditions, structural colors on fish (blues and greens) really pop.

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post #7 of 32 Old 06-08-2008, 10:36 AM
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Another newbie needing to know:

I also want to do a black substrate. I plan on having loaches & cories, along with my cats that I already have. Besides black gravel, can I use black sand?? Is there a black sand substrate (smaller than gravel) that someone can recommend that would be good with the fishies I plan of keeping? It is okay to use sand with these types of fish?
If not, what type of black gravel?

Thanks! kym
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post #8 of 32 Old 06-08-2008, 12:06 PM
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Sand is ideal for loaches and corys. I have seen black sand for sale here in the UK but unfortunately it's quite expensive.
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post #10 of 32 Old 06-08-2008, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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shipping can be kind of expensive id try to get it at you lfs

ok this is my stocking plan is there anything that wont like the black gravel
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