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spaynton 12-01-2008 07:58 PM

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!

aunt kymmie 12-01-2008 08:00 PM

You're pictures don't show up for me. Bummer, as I would have liked to have seen them....

spaynton 12-01-2008 08:08 PM

hmm odd, let me work on it!

spaynton 12-01-2008 08:16 PM

Here it is before:

Right after the sand switch:

aaaand two days later after the "dust" settled:

aunt kymmie 12-01-2008 08:19 PM

Your new substrate looks so much better! The white was so stark looking and now it looks more "natural". Nice job!

spaynton 12-01-2008 08:28 PM

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!

Highland lake13 12-01-2008 08:54 PM

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,


spaynton 12-01-2008 08:58 PM

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!

aunt kymmie 12-01-2008 09:04 PM

I have black backgrounds on my tanks and it really makes the plants stand out. I highly recommend black!

jeaninel 12-01-2008 10:01 PM

Very nice change. Love it.:-D

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