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Old 02-13-2011, 12:02 AM   #11
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WOW, thanks everyone. Beautiful tanks though I am still torn on gravel color but either way, white or black they both look great.
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Just an FYI, I'm kicking myself in the butt for the white gravel. If I get any kind of algae growth starting, it shows up against the white. I have to clean that tank once a week to keep the white looking white. Same with our sand tanks, but I do love my white sand beach look.
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Not wanting to go off on a tangent, but is sand hard to maintain? Or is it just because it is white sand?

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I'll throw in an opinion, I have the white gravel at the front leading to a speckled river pebble in the background, was part of a bigger plan to aquascape more professionally, but that never happened, lol. I find the white background really washes out the finer details of community fish unless you're parked right in front of the tank, all the subtle green and blue pearlescence is lost unless you have your nose against the tank, which is contradictory against what I had read that dark tanks can wash out the fish colours.... My next tank will have a dark gravel so time will tell which I prefer to make the fish "pop"..

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Old 02-13-2011, 10:49 PM   #17
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Light actually bounces off the lighter objects. If you have a dark background AND dark gravel, your fish will only be lit from the top. Honestly, try holding a piece of paper flat below someone's chin and watch their face light from the bottom when there's no light source down there. You'll actually see less of a vibrance from your fish if you use a dark substrate...
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I love the planets it's awesome with the lights off!

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