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GhostArcher
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PostSubject: DIY Clay Spawning Caves. Instructions with Pics.   DIY Clay Spawning Caves. Instructions with Pics. EmptySun Jan 20, 2013 7:00 pm

Just thought I would show everyone how I recently made some spawning caves for my bristlenose plecs. What you will need. 1.75 lbs of clay. You can get this from your local crafts store. 1.75 Lbs will make 4 caves. A piece of wax or freezer paper to work the clay on (The clay WILL STAIN COUNTER TOPS!). A glass oven safe pan or non stick metal baking sheet.

The Basic Instruction for the clay:
Start with clean hands and work surface. Knead the clay until it is soft and smooth. Shape the clay. Bake on oven proof glass or metal surface at 275° F (130° C) for 15 min per 1/4 " (6mm) of thickness. Do not Over bake the clay. Wash hands after use.

****4 caves can be made for about $18.00 US.****

The clay I started with.
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Tape the freezer/Wax paper to your counter top.
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Open the clay and take out one brick of the clay.
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Knead the clay.
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Tear the clay in half. One brick will make 2 caves for the smaller plec species. If you have one of the larger species I would use 1 brick for 1 cave.
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Flatten the clay out into a rectangle or square.
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**Optional** Texture what will be the inside of the cave.
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Form the clay into a cave and pinch seams shut. Also close one side by pinching shut.
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Place on glass or metal sheet and bake according to instructions. They look dull when the baking is finished.
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Let the caves cool for 24 hours before placing them into your tank.

And finally 24 hours later in the tank!
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Thanks for taking the time to check out my DIY Caves.

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Brandon O
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Clay Spawning Caves. Instructions with Pics.   DIY Clay Spawning Caves. Instructions with Pics. EmptyTue Jan 29, 2013 9:15 pm

i also made my own clay breeding caves for my plecos but i made mine for free in ceramics class at school. they have already spawned in one of them
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Clay Spawning Caves. Instructions with Pics.   DIY Clay Spawning Caves. Instructions with Pics. EmptySun Apr 21, 2013 1:58 am

i can get the terracotta clay of this, isit safe to use then...
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PostSubject: Re: DIY Clay Spawning Caves. Instructions with Pics.   DIY Clay Spawning Caves. Instructions with Pics. EmptySun Apr 21, 2013 5:20 am

Any update on this? How is the sculpty holding up in the water?
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Any update?
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