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Brightly colored gravel bad for fish??

Discussion in 'Freshwater Newbie Forum' started by secretHavenFarm, Oct 8, 2007.

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    When I was first started getting into aquariums I was told to stick with dark colored gravel because bright colors shocked the fish?? I have a 20 gal and 10 gal I wopuld like to set up and would like to do different gravel schemes in each. So I was wondering if this was true.
     
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    well it depends on the fish..some may not like the 'brightly' colored gravel..(discus for instance prefer a neutral to dark substrate and low light..but they can get use to it..

    personally..I don't like the bright colored stuff.

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    I have heard it isn't good for them, not only does it make them not as pretty but it actually hurts their eyes and makes breeding bad too due to the eye thing.
     
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    I like to make my tanks as realistic as possible. Although I did have Pittsburgh Steelers colored gravel for a while! GO STEELERS!!!!!!!
     
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    Ooops! I hadn't heard this! My son picked lime green, bright blue and purple, and hot pink mixed gravel for the main tank in his room!
     
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    i have bright blue gravel in one tank (because my kids picked it) and neutral in another tank, i don't notice any difference in behavior of my fish.
     
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    With my Yellow, Red, Blue that I had the Steelers emblem in may gravel didnt affect my fish. Atleast I dont think it did. it was all pretty bright.
     
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    I doubt the colour of the gravel makes much difference to most fish, more shy fish may prefer dark gravel. Not sure lime green gravel is good for humans though!
     
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    i read an article about coloured lighting affecting catfish stress and behavior blue was the worst , i wonder if the gravel has the same effect?
     
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    I've got some dark blue mixed with white blue gravel in the bottom of our fish tank, but all we have is guppies tetras and mollies, is this bad for that kind of fish? :goldfish:
     

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