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I'm getting a 1.5" spilo next week. I want black substrate, but not sure on black gravel or black sand, they're both cool. Which looks better or is easy to upkeep.
 

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black gravel as in artifical coloring? In time the paint will chip off. Black sand which i think your talking about is black pearl sand are natural coloring which also gives a better shine.
 

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Also, would a real plant do better in sand than gravel? It seems like it would but i'm not sure. And is the LB per G rule still in effect with sand?
 

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My LFS doesn't only has 20 lbs of sand right now, maybe I should mix it with 10 lbs of some type of black gravel, if i can find some that isn't painted.
 

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sand is suppose to be better because it lets the root grow better. But IMO, as long as the plant is planted its all good. I dont do the LB per G rule. i use about 20-30lb for a 60g. More sand more bacteria (good and bad) to be collected.
 

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I think i'm actually going to go with a bag of play sand and clean it up really good before i put it in. I would rather clean it for a long time for a fifty pound bag at $2 then pay over $30 for the black sand i liked that there isn't even enough of..
 

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i had sand in my cichlid tank and alge grows on the sides of the tank and u can get to it because its under the sand and when u try to move the sand to get to it the sand falls back in place
but it was white sand and easy to see the alge i think u prolly couldnt see it with black sand.
 
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