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PostSubject: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:00 pm

when i mix the ex clay in with the sand should i just give it a light spray or a heavy spray of watter or should i mix it with a few cups of water
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:14 pm

Spray it until the water starts to show in the substrate on the bottom of the tank. Let it sit for a minute and check the bottom again. It should have spread toward the center a bit. do this until the entire bottom shows moisture. This way it won't take a month to dry fully.
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:19 pm

ok mate so actually put it in the tank then wet it indsted of mixin it in a mixin bowl and then puttin it in
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:25 pm

Make sure you mix the sand up in a bucket or something matey, don't want to scratch your new enclosures. Got to just be a little careful packing the sand down around the edges or better yet what I done was a very thin layer of coco fibre around the edge so the sand doesn't actually touch the sides, sounds awkward but it'll be worth it when you come to re-use the tank.

Get the sand/ex clay mix moist throughout, don't make it "wet" or you'll have quite a wait on your hands to dry it all out, on the other hand not too dry because when it dries out it will still be pretty lose and won't hold a burrow well. Just keep adding a bit at a time until it's moist throughout, this takes some trial and error really but your better off making it slightly too wet than not dry enough on a first attempt.

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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:29 pm

Yeah. Premix it with your sand outside the tank, then put it in dry, this also helps to avoid scratches if you have an acrylic enclosure. Once you spray it a bit you can sculpt it if you want. In my experience they just dig it all up anyway, so I usually just bury the hides and leave a little crack for them to find, they take care of the rest.
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:33 pm

thanks alot guys i will do that na lol
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:34 pm

we mixed ours in a large toy box thingy and chucked couple jugs warm water in with it and mixed well, then put it in the tank...takes about a week to dry though Smile

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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:37 pm

Best way to dry it out I've found is a lamp above it to draw the moisture out. Just don't rest a lamp on the sand because that cracks tanks Embarassed Me being impatient.

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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:38 pm

i used a mixture of hairdryer lamp and radiator lol...no cracked tanks either lolz

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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:40 pm

lol yeah i was thinkin our lass hair dryer and radiator lol
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:41 pm

have u had a good birthday bex did u get anythin nice lol
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:47 pm

yeah has been good thank you, i got money, a pc, and an slr camera to come, jewelery perfume..oooh and cake lol Smile

*edit oh and cant forget my two T's from peloquin Smile
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:54 pm

lucky bugger lol i think ive talked our lass into gettin me a striped devil i know the latin name just cant spell it for a early b day pressi lol think ive done well as my b-day isnt untill 1 october lol
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 12:57 pm

Vaejovis spinigerus Smile they are cool ours just molted...




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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 1:03 pm

thats the little fella they are cool . hopfully i will get it to go along with my to emps but i dont think there emps just think the got sold to me as emps and my juvie haddy lol
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 1:13 pm

have you posted pics? of the "2 emps"

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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 1:31 pm

lol I did think that when you said your emps are aggressive, also in your avatar the telson looks black, I reckon Het. sp.

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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 2:27 pm

the more i look at them the more i think there some species of het lol no bexs i cant seem to do it i can only seem to get the small pics up lol by the way ive got my tank thats dryin out at the side of the tank with my haddy in will this ok i dont want any humidity escapein and goin into the haddys tank lol
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 2:28 pm

ps jamie the telsons are black dam u sheffield exotics dam u lol!
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 11:13 pm

what clay do you guys exactly use?

Is that the one you could mold stuffs with?

Any pics guys? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 11:22 pm

It's Zoo Med excavator clay. Here's a link so you know what it looks like.

It should be mixed with sand so it doesn't dry rock hard. I do about 1 part clay to 3 parts sand. This gives it enough structure that burrows will be solid, but it's soft enough that they can dig.

You can also use regular sculpting clay that they sell at art stores. not the modeling clay that doesn't dry, but the stuff you fire in a kiln for pottery. Usually this comes wet and ready to mold, so what you do is make clay water. Basically you dissolve the clay in a bucket of water and then use the clay water to wet down your sand.

Also you can let the pottery clay dry out and crush it into powder, then mix it into your sand and wet it down.

This is fun!
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 11:31 pm

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It's Zoo Med excavator clay. Here's a link so you know what it looks like.

It should be mixed with sand so it doesn't dry rock hard. I do about 1 part clay to 3 parts sand. This gives it enough structure that burrows will be solid, but it's soft enough that they can dig.

You can also use regular sculpting clay that they sell at art stores. not the modeling clay that doesn't dry, but the stuff you fire in a kiln for pottery. Usually this comes wet and ready to mold, so what you do is make clay water. Basically you dissolve the clay in a bucket of water and then use the clay water to wet down your sand.

Also you can let the pottery clay dry out and crush it into powder, then mix it into your sand and wet it down.

This is fun!

Thanks man Smile, I dont know if we have that zoo clay here in our country, but Ill try to find some Smile

As for now, clay that is used in pottery is a good alternative Smile Ill try to get some soon Smile
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/25/2011, 11:33 pm

No problem! I love this stuff. For me half the fun is creating the environment!
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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/26/2011, 5:48 am

Post pics of your scorps shanos and we'll try to see what they are mate.

This is one with about a third ex clay drying out at the moment. I really enjoy setting the enclosures up too.


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PostSubject: Re: ex clay    5/26/2011, 9:00 am

That's a nice one!
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