Black or white sand with DP's?

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Black or white sand with DP's?

Postby knoids on Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:55 am

Should I get black or white sand with my Dwarf puffers? Which color sand looks the best with Dwarf Puffers?
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Re: Black or white sand with DP's?

Postby bertie 83 on Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:04 am

IMO black sand makes their colour too dark making them difficult to spot, light sand would be a nicer to the eye choice but is more difficult to keep looking clean. Fine light gravel would be a better choice
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Re: Black or white sand with DP's?

Postby RTR on Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:16 am

If the tank is heavily planted, as it should be, the substrate color will not matter as much.

But black substrates do darken the tank and the fish do adapt their coloring to reduce contrast and thus be less obvious to predators.
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Re: Black or white sand with DP's?

Postby knoids on Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:37 pm

Maybe I will get natural-colored sand then.
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Re: Black or white sand with DP's?

Postby Terrance on Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:42 am

white sand looks very messy. light brownish color is better.

I prefer the black sand though.
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Re: Black or white sand with DP's?

Postby knoids on Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:40 pm

RTR wrote:If the tank is heavily planted, as it should be, the substrate color will not matter as much.

But black substrates do darken the tank and the fish do adapt their coloring to reduce contrast and thus be less obvious to predators.


Do you think that since there will be a light, it will have a negative effect on the dark colors?
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Re: Black or white sand with DP's?

Postby Arny on Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:18 pm

I had black gravel with DP's and it was hard to see them properly. I to would rather use brown sand
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Re: Black or white sand with DP's?

Postby RTR on Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:26 am

I always assume aquariums will have a light.

Se Amy's comment above.

I'd go with the natural color sand rather than black or white but that is personal choice. I'used black substrtes in heavily planted tanks w/Neon or other fish with strong prismatic colors and it looks great, but with most pigment colors it does cause the fish to darken more than I like. Darkening to reduce contrast with the substrate can be a survival trait in the wild. FW fish with strong prismatic colors tend to be from peaty waters where such coloring aids the schools in keeping individuals in sight in tannin-stained water.

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Re: Black or white sand with DP's?

Postby knoids on Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:02 pm

I think I will do natural colored sand then!
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