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OfflineRaekwon
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Terrarium: perlite or not???
    #1242776 - 01/23/03 12:55 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I was thinking that insted of using perlight on the bottom of the terrarium I would just put straight water on the bottom with the cakes sitting on racks above the water.
Would this be a good idea or not???


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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: Raekwon]
    #1242785 - 01/23/03 12:58 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

standing water is really bad for contams, it'll go stagnant!


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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: metalchimp]
    #1242790 - 01/23/03 01:01 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

If the water will go stagnant than why wont the perlite???? That does not make any sense to me.


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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: Raekwon]
    #1242803 - 01/23/03 01:06 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I know people who use straight water with good success. Just make sure you keep it changed fairly regularly, which can be hard to do without introducing contams. Just experiment with both, and see.
Oh, and the people who stopped using perlite, stopped because it's messy as shit.

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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: Raekwon]
    #1242812 - 01/23/03 01:10 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Both will go stagnant. That?s why it?s a good idea to wash out the terrarium and perlite after each cycle.
As for why perlite is better:
Moist perlite has a much greater surface than a flat water surface, thus it evaporates more water in shorter time.


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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: Anno]
    #1242821 - 01/23/03 01:13 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Okay than would you suggest putting the cakes on racks to raise them off of the perlite or will they be fine just sitting there as is???


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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: Raekwon]
    #1242834 - 01/23/03 01:16 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

The reason why people use perlite is that it wicks water up and creates tons of surface area from which the water can evaporate - a puddle won't humidify as well. With just a pool of water, you are probably going to run into contamination issues, too. These might be solved by adding bleach or peroxide to your water.

I'm not sure why perlite is considered messy to work with - I just open the bag, dump 3/4 gallon of water, seal, shake, then dump in the bottom of the terrarium. No mess.

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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: Raekwon]
    #1242837 - 01/23/03 01:17 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Solme suggest the first, some the later.
It?s really a personal thing, I prefer placing them on moist perlite directly.


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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: Anno]
    #1242882 - 01/23/03 01:32 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I was just conserned that putting the cakes directly on the perlite may be a bad thing. Am I incorrect in making that assumption???


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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: Raekwon]
    #1242950 - 01/23/03 01:51 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

It works for me.


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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: FanaTEK]
    #1243068 - 01/23/03 02:27 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I find it messy to work with when I'm cleaning it out after a grow. That gets a bit annoying. Other than that, it really isn't that bad.


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Re: Terrarium: perlite or not??? [Re: Angry Mycologist]
    #1243090 - 01/23/03 02:36 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I read that cakes sometimes get soggy when they sit directly on the perlite(not perlight) and should be on top of something. Also, you can place the cakes directly onto the perlite and let them fruit on it instead of dunking for the second flush.


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