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Old 06-23-2013, 03:47 PM   #1 
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Can you use colored gravel at all in an NPT or do half npt tank succesfully?

I know I am probably not going to be the norm as most people doing NPT's want a natural look. I am venturing into this because I feel it's the best choice for a sorority. I would like to have live plants in all of my 5 gallons and 2 gallons eventually (13 5 gal and 4 2 gal) However, I am still into the idea of having some specific themes and colors for some of my tanks.

So is there any way I can still achieve this with live plants, colored gravel (in some tanks) and still have a healthly NPT? I still want soil in the tanks.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:03 PM   #2 
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The color does not matter, the only function of color is aesthetics. Your challenge will be finding the right gravel size.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:06 PM   #3 
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If you can't find the right gravel size you can always use colored sand to get the same effect, petco does carry a variety of sand colors and it's actually pretty fine and soft as well.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:23 PM   #4 
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Yes the color is definitely aestetic. I have one fish who is gorgeous IMO his body is a charcoal gray, has really large clear fins (I was told this is a butterfly pattern) that are colored with grays, whites blues, and red. The red is the big accent color so I want some reds accents in his tank and avoid having him blend in with his gray. I want to do something special for him. Plus I have a few kitchy themes, like gnomes in the typical american front yard with a picket fence. I grew attached to the humor with gnomes with through a French movie called "Amélie" a Twilight zone thene ect. and there few classier themes I want to carry out based on paintings. I have an art background which I have not exercised in recent years.

I will probably go with sand but if I wish to persist with gravel what size do I need?
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