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Deanna01 05-13-2013 12:58 PM

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...

Deanna01 05-13-2013 01:00 PM

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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.

Deanna01 05-13-2013 01:02 PM

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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.

jentralala 05-13-2013 02:02 PM

Can't wait to see this! I have a 20 gallon long too, that I'm hoping to turn into a NPT, can't wait to see how this turns out! :)

Deanna01 05-13-2013 03:07 PM

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(I took this opportunity to clip off my formerly stylishly long nails, because...yuck.)

I placed a big rock I had waiting (purchased at That Fish Place in Lancaster) on the clay. Then I washed (and washed and washed) a big bag of cheap black sand and spread it out.

Deanna01 05-13-2013 03:09 PM

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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.

Boredomb 05-13-2013 03:19 PM

Looks like you are off to a great start.

Deanna01 05-13-2013 04:17 PM

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I brought the tank inside to the table where it will reside, gathered the rooted plants I have available, and started to brainstorm where I might like to put them.

Boredomb 05-13-2013 04:24 PM

What are the plants in the corners?? The tall grass type plants??
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Deanna01 05-13-2013 04:57 PM

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Those are giant hairgrass. I separated them and planted them in small bunches all along the back wall.

I'm ready to add water! It looks pretty messy right now, but hopefully it will be better with the plants upright. I figured it was better to put in too many plants rather than too few.

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