20-gallon long NPT (backwoods clay) for betta sorority - Page 2 - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
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post #11 of 20 Old 05-13-2013, 05:15 PM
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It looks good!
BTW its always easier to plant heavy at the begin when using dirt/clay as substrate. It usually less messy that way

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post #12 of 20 Old 05-13-2013, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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I have a water softener and have to bring half the water I need up from the basement, pre-softened. So after hauling up a few five-gallon buckets, I proceeded to pour the water with a two-cup measuring cup slowly through the same $2 colander I used to sift the clay. It took a while! But I didn't end up with much silt.

Unfortunately, after I got all the water in, I decided some of the plants needed to be moved, and that generated some silt and led me to believe that I don't have enough cap in some places. However, I went ahead and hooked up the light and took some pics. This gives an idea how the tank is progressing.

I added two teaspoons of dissolved aquarium salt to the water, as per the instructions from the Taiwan exporter for my sorority. Since the bettas arrive tomorrow or the next day, I'm also supposed to put some Tetracycline in the tank. I know that will turn the water tea-colored, but I'm going to do it anyway.
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post #13 of 20 Old 05-13-2013, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, all!

For those curious about the fish that will be going in here, I have them linked at this thread: Mother's Day sorority!
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post #14 of 20 Old 05-14-2013, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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A picture straight on, as of this morning.
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post #15 of 20 Old 05-14-2013, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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And one from the left side.
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post #16 of 20 Old 05-16-2013, 03:14 AM
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Ahhh that's awesome!! Great job on that!
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post #17 of 20 Old 05-16-2013, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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Here it is with the sorority bettas in place!

And thank you!
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post #18 of 20 Old 05-16-2013, 06:40 AM
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Very, very nice. Great job. Keep us posted.

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post #19 of 20 Old 05-16-2013, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I'm proud of it for being so new to this!
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post #20 of 20 Old 05-16-2013, 11:23 AM
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Thank you! I'm proud of it for being so new to this!
As you should be, It looks awesome!! Just remember to keep an eye on the parameters since it is a dirt tank.
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