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Incubator/Terrarium TEK - ANY IDEAS?
    #1030964 - 11/07/02 03:15 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I am trying to peice together my own tek to use as a newbie. Good Idea or not, I want to try it by gathering all the information that I can and use it to produce something that I think will be successful. Many of you are experienced and may know if my idea is bad or not. So here is what I am planning on doing.

For the incubator itself I plan to use one of those tall storage cabinets from walmart. Install my own shelving which will be some type of sturdy wire mesh to allow air to pass through. At the bottom will be a space heater set at my desired temp, and a very small hepa filter that will run continuously. The purpose of the hepa is not to keep contamination out, but to circulate the heated air since this thing is about 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide - hot air rises. I want all jars/cakes to be at identical tempuratures consistently. I will drill holes into the sides inbetween racks to install temp gauges so I can monitor the temperature at each rack. This seems like a great way to keep out contam as well, store at the correct temp, and keep away from any light source.

As far as the terrarium, has anyone thought of using an 8 dollar 10gal fish tank at walmart and use the long 12" bubblers with a small pool of water at the bottom to control humidity level? From what I have read, this would produce a humidity level that is more than efficent for growing these mushrooms.

Any feedback from experienced growers would be appreciated. I can handle negative feedback, I just want to know if what I have thought of would even work. Thanks.


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Re: Incubator/Terrarium TEK - ANY IDEAS? [Re: SuxeS]
    #1030989 - 11/07/02 03:28 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

sounds good, but the incubation chamber sound like you'll have alot more thank a 10 gallon aquarium's worth of material...


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Re: Incubator/Terrarium TEK - ANY IDEAS? [Re: Cow Shit Collector]
    #1031427 - 11/07/02 06:22 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Thats the thought behind it...  :wink:  I think on a large scale, the more the better right? 


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Re: Incubator/Terrarium TEK - ANY IDEAS? [Re: SuxeS]
    #1031739 - 11/07/02 09:57 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

not necessarily.


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Re: Incubator/Terrarium TEK - ANY IDEAS? [Re: SuxeS]
    #1031757 - 11/07/02 10:09 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I would avoid using a space heater as it may dry out your jars. Instead try this: http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=Forum2&Number=1003074&page=&view=&sb=&o=&fpart=all&vc=1

I also recomend putting a little bleach in the water.


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Re: Incubator/Terrarium TEK - ANY IDEAS? [Re: SuxeS]
    #1031955 - 11/07/02 11:42 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

In reply to:

I think on a large scale, the more the better right?




Keep it simple for the first few times. Then plan something larger scale. Its easier to work out the kinks once you know what you're doing.

i don't see why you need a 6 foot tall incubator. Just use two rubbermaids, and a fishtank heater. You can put like 50 jars in it!

Just do some searches for incubator and grow chambers/terreriums

you'll get some good ideas.

you dont' NEED something big, even for bulk!


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Re: Incubator/Terrarium TEK - ANY IDEAS? [Re: SuxeS]
    #1032623 - 11/07/02 03:21 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

If you had a little more experience i would say go for it. if your going to anyways... Space heaters are a little overpowered for incubators. I use one anyways. You'll need a wafer thermostat (or any other kind you want to use) , and moisture pads for humidity. Make sure the cabnet your using is laminated. I would also silicon all the interior joints. That's if you want to go big and somwwhat expensive. Check out the cabnet models on either linked site to get some ideas. I've used several incubators in the past and there's is my favorite.


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Re: Incubator/Terrarium TEK - ANY IDEAS? [Re: Shaw]
    #1032744 - 11/07/02 03:51 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I am not planning on putting 200 jars in here for my first time. I believe in doing things right the first time, which is what I am trying to plan out. I don't think the space heater would dry out the jars because it is about 70 degrees in there normally, raising it by 10 or 12 degrees with that heater at the lowest setting will cause the space heater to be inactive for much of the time. Then again, I have never done it before, it was just an idea. And as for the bleach in the water, your saying to put it in the fishtank at a ratio of 1:100 similiar to the way Hippie3 did his dunk experiment? Thanks for the input guys, I appreciate it.


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Re: Incubator/Terrarium TEK - ANY IDEAS? [Re: SuxeS]
    #1033809 - 11/07/02 10:28 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

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