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Old 12-13-2010, 06:39 PM   #11
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By the sounds of it I defiently will not be using the Black Sand.
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the reflective ability of white substrate would be more than enough reason for me to choose it. my buddy has a black sand bed. his tank looks dim to me.
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Thincat: good advice. I forgot about the ph buffering

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Black beach sand is ignious rock and not coral at all. So it would have no buffering of CA in your tank. It also might contain heavy metals which is also not a good thing for a reef setup.
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yeah i have black and white sand in my tank (mostly black) and it seems dim to me so when i move it i'm going to get some nice white aragonite! (look at that rhyme!)
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Sorry. THe tank isn't up and running yet. I'll try pictures then.
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Which type and brand of Substrate to start a new tank off with there are several to chose from. Aragamax. Carb Sea, Ocean Direct??? Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand, Aragamax Sand, Original Grade Substrate?????
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I don't like white sand. It is bright, and every little thing stands out. I think it is also a little cliche. I used black Estes' Marine Sand Ultra Reef which is a silica based sand that has a polymer coating so that they silica doesn't cause any brown algae problems. I will definitely keep using the black and still love it. With a balck background and black substrate all the colors of every fish and coral stand out really well. Light colored backgrounds and substrates can actually cause fish to decrease the amount of pigmentation in their skin and wash out. Here is a pic of my tank:
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:05 PM   #18
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I had been looking at the black sand because that was what I was thinking too that it would make all the colors stand out better but in the other threads on page 1 said do not use the black sand not good for Reef Tanks??? I like your setup...
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love the color! with my lights i dont think i could pull out that sort of color, hence why i'm going with white
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:21 PM   #20
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White sand won't compensate for lack of lighting.

Natural reefs have rock rubble, corals, and white sand underneath, not black sand. If you want a strictly natural reef with corals and fish that would only be found together in nature then black is not the color for you.
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