Wild / coppers on black substrate - pics?

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Hi all,

I have a current 20 gallon long which has been housing small tropical fish for a couple of years now - it's full of live plants and wood - I really like the natural look for my aquariums. I am going to be converting this to an axie tank. I would like to keep the current substrate (fine black aquarium sand- National Geo brand) because that keeps things easy, cheap, and keeps the tank more stable during the transition.

I really like the looks of wilds and coppers, but I wonder if on the black substrate both types would end up looking rather bland over time, and be harder to spot. I'd like to strike the balance of it looking natural but able to see my critter. :)

I was wondering if any of you that have a dark substrate and wild or copper axies could share some photos or observations?

I like the wilds over the black mels because I love the subtle color patterns and iridophores... hence my question.

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Hi all,

I have a current 20 gallon long which has been housing small tropical fish for a couple of years now - it's full of live plants and wood - I really like the natural look for my aquariums. I am going to be converting this to an axie tank. I would like to keep the current substrate (fine black aquarium sand- National Geo brand) because that keeps things easy, cheap, and keeps the tank more stable during the transition.

I really like the looks of wilds and coppers, but I wonder if on the black substrate both types would end up looking rather bland over time, and be harder to spot. I'd like to strike the balance of it looking natural but able to see my critter. :)

I was wondering if any of you that have a dark substrate and wild or copper axies could share some photos or observations?

I like the wilds over the black mels because I love the subtle color patterns and iridophores... hence my question.

Thanks!
I've never kept coppers, but I have kept wildtype axolotls on dark gravel. They can kind of disappear.
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I've never kept coppers, but I have kept wildtype axolotls on dark gravel. They can kind of disappear.
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Thank you!
 
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