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Color of Sand

Postby TerenceH » Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:41 pm

I use black sand in my tanks. I was recently told that I should not be using black because my fish would not color up as well with black sand. I use black because it stands out against the red slate rock in the tanks. I use Spectra Quartz. I want something that is visually striking. I am considering tan or buff. Any suggestions, advice etc?

http://spectraquartz.com/flooring-colors-grades.htm
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Postby BillD » Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:02 pm

Fish normally color up more on dark bottoms. http://www.redflint.com/aquarium_sand.htm may be an option depending on where you live. Their PFS is the same product. One thing to consider is that in nature, the rocks and sand generally match as the rocks are the source of the sand.
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Postby TerenceH » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:03 pm

So using black sand against red rocks will be ok?
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Postby DJRansome » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:14 pm

Different fish react differently. My leleupi were gray over black and orange over sand-color. The rest of my fish seem OK. Try it and see.
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Postby DIAMOND_CICHLIDS » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:45 am

Why would a fish color up less on dark sand? :-?
70 gallons: cyno. Sp haras, labido sp perlmutt, pseudo saulosi
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Postby DJRansome » Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:16 am

The fish may try to blend with his surroundings. A bright orange leleupi will dull his colors to more closely match the black.

You can have the opposite problem as well. He may fade out his orange to try to match white.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Postby DIAMOND_CICHLIDS » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:22 am

I didn`t know tried to match their color environement. Interresting... Thanks!
70 gallons: cyno. Sp haras, labido sp perlmutt, pseudo saulosi
6 gallon
125 gallons : mixed malawi males

http://www.youtube.com/user/StraightFlint?feature=mhee

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Postby TerenceH » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:53 am

I am doing a community tang tank. 3D background made from gutters with burnt red rocks. The tank is acrylic with black background. The gutters are spaced with Val growing between them. There will be cyps, julis, buescheri, comp shell, and maybe some gobies. With this information what would be the best color of sand? Suggestions?
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Postby DJRansome » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:02 pm

Either should work with those.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Postby jamess497 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:06 am

I think Black sand is better for tank.
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Postby gilberbt » Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:09 pm

I have had black gravel and white sand in my tank in the past. The fish seemed to color up more with the white sand, but the black also looked very sharp. Also my tank was a lot brighter with the white sand vs black gravel with the same lighting and I think that effect of the reflection off the white sand makes the fish seem more colorful and brighter too. I liked both but now I switched to a medium grade mixed sand (quickcrete all purpose sand) for a more natual look. So its really up to personal preference.
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