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Old 12-20-2013, 06:54 AM   #1
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In your opinion what would look better black substrate with a black background or white substrate with a black background?

I can't decide, I want something to bring out the colours of my fish and plants make them really pop
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White substrate is light having white carpet in your house with the same problems. A small smudge or dirt shows drastically while on black you almost don't know it's there.
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IMO I prefer to make aquarium that look the most natural possible. Nature in a tank. So you can mix some pool sand with dark substrate, it do a good mix.

I you want a more artificialy decorated aquarium, then you can go with colored coated gravel.
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There are some nice looking natural tan/brown gravels and sands out there too. OS.
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I like black substrate for planted tanks and many fish as it makes their color pop. I tend to use a very dark blue background but have used black before.
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Also what kind of fish are you looking at? Certain fish will actually color themselves slightly differently depending on substrate.
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Also what kind of fish are you looking at? Certain fish will actually color themselves slightly differently depending on substrate.
So far I have in mind neon tetras and guppies
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If I had to choose a substrate again, I'll for sure go with my actual substrate, Fluval Substrate for planted tanks.
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IMO I prefer to make aquarium that look the most natural possible. Nature in a tank. So you can mix some pool sand with dark substrate, it do a good mix.

I you want a more artificialy decorated aquarium, then you can go with colored coated gravel.
I'm not a fan of sand, I have it in my 10 Gallon
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If I had to choose a substrate again, I'll for sure go with my actual substrate, Fluval Substrate for planted tanks.
What is the texture like? Is it like potting soil? Or is it hard like the gravel substrate
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