20-gallon long NPT (backwoods clay) for betta sorority
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I started out with four gallons of good clay dirt from the woods in back of my house......
After sorting it through a colander, I got a ton of clay balls that wouldn't go through. I was going to toss this out, but one of the moderators told me to let it dry and sift it--that this was the good stuff.
I let the clay balls dry a bit, crumbled them up, and let them dry out completely on a sheet of black plastic out in the sun. After sifting it through a colander again, I got enough to give me about an inch on the bottom of the 20-gallon long tank I bought today.
I had a big bag of pea gravel around (the kind you get for $4 at home-improvement stores), so I sorted through it to find some white stones. I have this notion that maybe I can arrange them in a pretty, winding fashion to help delineate different areas of planting.