White or black sand ?

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I have decided on the fish I want for my aquarium. It is a 46.5gUs. My measurements are 100cm(L) x 40cm(H) x 44cm(D).
My fish species are:
2 x Blue Rams (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
13 x Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)
10 x Rummynose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri)
5 x KuhlI Loaches (Pangio kuhlii)
6 x Bandit Cory (Corydoras metae)

I am still unsure of the colour I want my gravel to be. What will look best with my selection of fish ? White or black ?

I am also thinking of adding some shrimp. Any suggestions for cute and interesting species ?
I would love to heard your opinions !
 
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I currently have black with brown fertilizer mixed in and I don't like it at all. I think I want a solid colour this time. I think I'll end up with black
 
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I am not mad about that idea. I changed my mind and like white more now. I still have three months or so to change my mind. Thanks anyway for the suggestion !
 

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I know you made up your mind but if I could go back, I'd pick black instead of a really light brown(playsand). Not because I dislike the playsand(quite the opposite actually lol!) just because it would conceal the poop and dirt in better.
 

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It mostly has to do with aquascaping rather than the choice of fish. If you have a white/clear background, white sand will complement it and make the whole scape look clearer and more open. That is a look I absolutely love!

Look at aquascaping pictures to get an idea of the effect of white vs black substrat
 

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LostInFishTranslation said:
I am not mad about that idea. I changed my mind and like white more now. I still have three months or so to change my mind. Thanks anyway for the suggestion !
White, you will see a lot "poop" on your substrate. This will in turn, later cause your tank to not look aesthetically pleasing. whereas black, it hides more visual aspects and your eyes will see colors reflected off your fish's scale better. "enhance fish color"
 

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Poop is brown, sand is black, either way you see it, brown will still show up on black sand.

It's like peeing in clear toilet water versus blue toilet water, neither is going to hide the yellow pee, one is yellow the other is green.

Go with what you like.
 

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Fashooga said:
Poop is brown, sand is black, either way you see it, brown will still show up on black sand.

It's like peeing in clear toilet water versus blue toilet water, neither is going to hide the yellow pee, one is yellow the other is green.

Go with what you like.
White still shows more detritus than black though. And black sand stays black longer than white sand stays white.
 

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The first time I read about someone wanting plants and sand, I was puzzled. I'm from Hawaii. Lush freshwater plants don't grow in sand. Really, just about nothing does. They need dirt. So the sight of freshwater tropical fish in a tank with sand is about as bizarre as orange platys and purple gravel. Cool and a bit creepy at the same time.
 

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agreed with ericV,

similar to whitey tidies versus black undies. poop is brown, poop shows on white, its hard to see poop on blacks. I'm sure some of you have had that issue before
 

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6 of my 8 tanks have sand + plants ???? Most fish are "designed" to dark substrate / sand. Cardinals for instance are dark from above so they won't be seen by predators from above. That's why lots of fish don't like to swim in open space above a light substrate. So i'd go for dark
Sand. In the UK lots of prople are using Limpopo and thibk it's great. A shame we don't have that overhere (Holland).
 

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I love my black sand. I think the plants and inhabitants look great, much better then they did over the natural color gravel.

Stem plants do just fine in sand and if you have other plants root tabs work great.
 
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Thanks so much for your opinions guys ! I think I will go with the black. I just heard it makes the tank look smaller. And you need brighter lighting ?
 

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LostInFishTranslation said:
Thanks so much for your opinions guys ! I think I will go with the black. I just heard it makes the tank look smaller. And you need brighter lighting ?
Yes and yes, but it also makes wrinkles show more, so consider Botox, too
 
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Harlebleondora said:
This is my new in progress 150 litre, I like the look of black quartz and dark substrate with bright fish like neons and others.
I love your wood ! I have two 30 watt tube lights .. I think. I could be very wrong. Does that sound right and enough ?
 

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