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Salacious 12-13-2009 06:31 PM

So many gravel colors
 
I always do this to myself when I start a new aquarium...I pick a gravel color that I think will be perfect, set it up, then see a different color I like better. Right now I have a natural beige-ish color, wishing I had gone darker. Its such a basic element of the aquarium, yet it can create a dramatic effect. What do you think the most popular gravel color is? What do you think the most natural is? And if any colors match better with specific fish types? Tell me what you think.

La Reina 12-13-2009 06:33 PM

I use a combination of the "natural" mix and the light blue/dark blue. Most natural looking would be tan and brown gravel or sand.

Don't like your gravel? Do what I did and just mix in another color. :-D

rsheets 12-13-2009 06:34 PM

Check out my new 150 gal I have white. Also, my other two tanks have different colors too. One is blue and green, I like that one too.

Salacious 12-13-2009 06:37 PM

I was torn between this natural tan or choosing red, so I did mostly tan and a bag of red mixed in. Now I just think it looks weird haha.

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

stephanieleah 12-13-2009 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Salacious (Post 289148)
I was torn between this natural tan or choosing red, so I did mostly tan and a bag of red mixed in. Now I just think it looks weird haha.

That actually sounds really cool. I have black and I wish I had gone brown. However, I like the black because the fish really stand out.

Salacious 12-13-2009 06:45 PM

My mixture was sort of an attempt to go brown, but the brand I chose also had a lot of pink in the red. Didn't realize until it was already all mixed :[ but I'll live. Black, especially black flourite because it seems to sparkle a bit would have been a great back drop to bring out my cardinal tetras.

Angel079 12-13-2009 06:48 PM

I donno what is most popular...But I can tell you what I always used & love it for any of my tanks, its either fine dark gravel (black or dark brown) or dark sand.
I def don't like fancy colors that remind me of a text marker or unnatural one's and I truly believe many fish (Killi, Tetra etc) do MUCH better when placed in tanks with dark substrate and they actually do look better (popping colors) too.

Salacious 12-13-2009 06:56 PM

Yes so true. At least my current tan mixture still qualifies as "natural" looking. Otherwise it would drive me completely crazy.

Angel079 12-13-2009 07:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Salacious (Post 289168)
Yes so true. At least my current tan mixture still qualifies as "natural" looking. Otherwise it would drive me completely crazy.

I still get a kick outta it at the store each time I see the "mardi gras mix":lol:

Here's some of my new set up's one black fine gravel, one black sand and one natural river rock look...

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...ew-pics-33450/

Hawkian 12-13-2009 07:15 PM

Gravel color is always such a personal choice that it's hard to comment. However...

Fluorescent pink is definitely out of the question! Or any fluorescent color for that matter. Let's face it... if it aggravates your senses... it will definitely aggravate the fish's senses. I try to keep a natural/neutral color so that the fish don't feel like they're at a disco 24/7. Don't get me wrong... it's fun to dance but after an hour or so... I've had enough.

Now... I'm not one to talk because while my gravel is fairly neutral (dark gray), I have some rocky mountain decor with little houses throughout, which I'm quite certain the fish I keep have never seen in their natural environment. But I don't think those houses are nearly as disturbing as a fluorescent gravel would be.

It's a fine balance between personal taste and the fish's taste. Try asking them... ;-)

P.S. Asking the fish has not produced an answer for me yet... still working on it...


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