What Looks Better - Gravel Or Sand For Cichlids Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by SamAPFish, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. SamAPFish Valued Member Member

    So I was thinking of switching my gravel substrate to sand substrate, and was wondering what usually looks better for African cichlids(gravel vs sand). Also what color would look best for sand, like darker, or lighter? I was thinking of pool filter sand to make it cheaper, would this work?

  2. nikm128 Fishlore VIP Member

  3. SamAPFish Valued Member Member

    The only problem is that black pool filter sand is not really available. Now I’m kind of thinking of if I should use a white sand for African cichlids or if I should use more like a yellow natural sand. What do you think?

  4. nikm128 Fishlore VIP Member

    I personally don't like pool filter sand since it's possible for it to leach silica in long term use, you could use black diamond blasting sand though, just make sure you check what's in it since some can mess up the water
  5. SamAPFish Valued Member Member

    Ok, thanks
  6. nikm128 Fishlore VIP Member

  7. SamAPFish Valued Member Member

    I actually don’t know how hard it is, I’ve just never bothered to do it even though I know I should. So just in terms of sand, do you think that super white or tan sand would look better?
  8. nikm128 Fishlore VIP Member

    The darker it is, the more their colors will pop, so in your case, tan
  9. SamAPFish Valued Member Member

    I’m not trying to go against your preference, but I’m just wondering if the darker colors are better, why do so many you tubers use white substrates instead of tan? Also is this sand good for african cichlids?  
  10. nikm128 Fishlore VIP Member

    Well, everything decoration wise is all personal preference, in my experience darker substrates really cause the colors that South African cichlids (and other fish) have to really pop, and be more vibrant. Fish also change slightly to their environment and actually will make themselves brighter against let's say black sand
    CaribSea sand is great, if that's what you want to use, go for it
  11. SamAPFish Valued Member Member

    Thanks, I personally like the white more just because it looks more natural, but that’s just me
  12. nikm128 Fishlore VIP Member

    Then that's what you should get :)
  13. kallililly1973 Well Known Member Member

    I use pool filter sand in all my tanks i think it looks the most natural
  14. SamAPFish Valued Member Member

    Cool :). I still hate spending 50 bucks on sand. I guess I shouldn’t have joined the hobby then.
  15. nikm128 Fishlore VIP Member

    Where are you getting it from? How many pounds?
  16. kallililly1973 Well Known Member Member

    i usually get a brand called lighthouse from Leslie pool supply store 40-50lb bag for about $10-15
  17. SamAPFish Valued Member Member

    I looked it up but couldn’t find it
  18. kallililly1973 Well Known Member Member

    Weird cuz I couldn’t either and I even looked on Leslie pool supply but they may have them in store if u happen to have one near me. I haven’t bought a bag in a year or so but I’m planning a new tank and will check their store n let u know
  19. SamAPFish Valued Member Member

    Ok, thanks. I’m actually planning on buying aquaquartz pool filter sand from amazon. It is white so I think it’ll look good with my african cichlids
  20. BettaLover1 New Member Member

    Sand is beautiful in a tank, especially if planted. I recently added black sand and my betta loves it