I only ever use sand (brown or white) or natural shaded tumbled river rock, layers of small and large diameter. I can't stand the look of the fake colored gravel, and I can't imagine my fish like it either!I think I will only use sand from now on, it just looks so much more realistic.
When I changed out the blue gravel in my 10G tank for sand, I did the following:This might be better for a new post but if I wanted to change my tank from the "normal default gravel" that most people use to a sand kind of substrate. What is the best way to do it? My tank is over a year old and already has fish in it. I don't really want to move them out and back in if I can avoid it. Can I just change it in sections? Like a 1/4 at a time every few days or a week apart til it all is in there? any suggestions would be great.
Also, I have live plants though. Is sand bad for that? As in will they keep coming out of it?