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Sterilizing perlite/geolite(hydroton)?
    #2226196 - 01/07/04 04:37 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Should one sterilize the perlite/geolite(hydroton)before putting it into the fruiting chamber, or does the 1:9 peroxide/water do the trick?
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Re: Sterilizing perlite/geolite(hydroton)? [Re: ClusterHead]
    #2226275 - 01/07/04 04:59 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

It's up to you. Perlite should be pretty sterile when you open the bag, anyway.

The peroxide would be more for the standing water than anything else.

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Re: Sterilizing perlite/geolite(hydroton)? [Re: ClusterHead]
    #2226365 - 01/07/04 05:44 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I would sterilize perlite just cause ive had bad luck with it, if youre using geolite just stick it in a big pot and boil it, drain some the excess water without removing the lid then dump it in the chamber to after its cooled for a little while. Ive heard it said that you dont need to sterilize geolite for the first use, but I do anyways cause the bags usually have a bunch of holes in em (at least mine did).


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Re: Sterilizing perlite/geolite(hydroton)? [Re: ClusterHead]
    #2226395 - 01/07/04 05:56 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)


You guys are a bunch of hypocondriacs :wink:

Never took care of sterilizing perlite or geolite.  A bit of peroxide in the water helps but it will break down a couple days later and become ineffective.

My geolite is standing in the pod since the beginning (around 5 months) without washing or cleaning it.  Doesn't seem to cause any  problem.

I would only wash the stones if I get a massive mold plague in the terrarium.  Now cleaning everything becomes logic. Otherwise, it's clean enough to me.

Perlite is another thing tho.. After a month or two, it gets messy.  Always a good idea to change it or cook it for a couple hours at 300F .

hope it helps.

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