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What is one of the colors on a clownfish? (hint there is a clownfish on the CR logo in the top left corner of the page.)

Black Substrate


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    nate_newton - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Black Substrate

    Anyone use a black substrate? If so what kind? Any thoughts about your experience with it?

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    I have seen it and I personally think it looks weird. However the corals seemed to pop out more.
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    I've never used it. Personally it just don't look natural
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    Haven't used it hehehe you know that. But one thing I know about it is that it absorbs light, instead of reflecting it. So for a reef and where you want your light bouncing around etc I personally wouldn't use it even though it does look super cool. T5s would seem to be better if you were going to go black. I feel pointed light sources would get absorbed more... Maybe no problems idk
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    Default I have Black substrate

    I have this in my 29Biocube. It has some pros and cons to it.

    Pros:
    -Looks sharp, very attractive.
    -Any bright colored anything will POP against the black.

    Cons:
    -Any waste will show up too. If you dont keep the bottom very clean you can see your dead flow spots.
    -This is NOT sand. It is like a volcanic rock. It is coarse and if you have anything that makes a regular habit of picking up mouthfuls of substrate this is probably not the stuff to use.

    Personally I like the look but I would have gone with a fine substrate if they had it.

    Joel

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    nate_newton - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seirre View Post
    I have this in my 29Biocube. It has some pros and cons to it.

    Pros:
    -Looks sharp, very attractive.
    -Any bright colored anything will POP against the black.

    Cons:
    -Any waste will show up too. If you dont keep the bottom very clean you can see your dead flow spots.
    -This is NOT sand. It is like a volcanic rock. It is coarse and if you have anything that makes a regular habit of picking up mouthfuls of substrate this is probably not the stuff to use.

    Personally I like the look but I would have gone with a fine substrate if they had it.

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    I believe that was caribsea but it has been a while and I could be mistaken.

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    i seen it used and does make the coral pop more i bought it for the 30 G SH tank i am seting up could keep u posted if u like the stuff iam useing is a sand not rock rubble
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    It is by carbisea ..I'm getting ready to use it in my 34 gallon redsea..as an overhaul project.

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    nate_newton - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Thanks, yeah thats what I was thinking. Would be great looking in an lps tank. I was thinking the Indo-Pacific Black.

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