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Which color gravel
Red 4 (20%)
Multi-color 3 (15%)
Blue 0 (0%)
Natural 7 (35%)
Sand 6 (30%)
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Substrate
Topic Started: Jun 18 2011, 02:23 PM (1,247 Views)
Trashcore
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Will color improve my flowerhorn?
Edited by Trashcore, Jun 18 2011, 02:25 PM.
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noeleezy
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good question how come no experts are answering.. mines bare bottom right now
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Environment (substrate, background) has an effect on most fish, specially tonal differences. A lighter gravel or background will result in a lighter color fish and vice-versa.

Since my substrate is a bit of puka shells and aragonite (mostly white) to buffer water; I use colorful backgrounds. Also, I throw in some aquarium multi-color plastic "gems." Most my FH like playing with them.
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I plan on keeping my FH in a tank with a black background and black sand substrate. Not sure if it will have any effect on his colors or not. I have read different places online that having brightly colored backgrounds/substrate (blue background, white substrate) is best to keep colors bright, but I have also read that is false. Either way, I'm still doing black with black since it looks very nice. I plan on doing it with all my tanks in the future.
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i voted none.. but its all bout the type of fish you have and what colors are they..


most fish with double row with pearls do good with black background.. for ti makes them stand out

and most colored fish are best with colored rocks..since some do pushes their colors toward their surroundings, but with all my tanks since they are kamfas..i got only crush corals to keep the ph within

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I plan on keeping my FH in a tank with a black background and black sand substrate. Not sure if it will have any effect on his colors or not. I have read different places online that having brightly colored backgrounds/substrate (blue background, white substrate) is best to keep colors bright, but I have also read that is false. Either way, I'm still doing black with black since it looks very nice. I plan on doing it with all my tanks in the future.
Try it out and let us know how it goes or post a picture when the set up is up and running.

But IMO black gravel and black background is probably a little to much darkness in your tank. Might cause the fh
to not color much. But you never know so go for it.

You can also try black background and a different gravel to balance it out.

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Does having colorful substrate actually enhance color or just create contrast between the fish and surrounding?
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I'm all for sand!
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I have large natural colored gravel, I think that multi-colored gravel is tacky.
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