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Water Levels
    #3045441 - 08/24/04 07:48 PM (16 years, 6 months ago)

im using lavarocks that are about 3 inches high in my terrarium...
i have the water up to about 2 inches or maybe 2 1/2 .. the humidity is 94% at the top of the chamber and 92% down right next to the rocks...
i have four bubble wands underneath the lava rock (because it is a four foot aquarium)

should the water level be just right over the bubble wands?

will it work better if the some of the rocks aren't fully submerged?

is 92% and 94% sufficient for growing cakes/casings.. is it also okay for bulk substrates?

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Re: Water Levels [Re: sillysimon]
    #3049893 - 08/25/04 08:30 PM (16 years, 6 months ago)

what you want is maximum surface area of water evaporating anorganic material. Bubble wands are not necessary IMHO, but if you have them, use them! They of course have to be submerged, so it would be best to use them external. One choice is to put them into bottles full of water which are connected through pipes with your grow box.
It would be sufficing to mist the lava rocks daily so that they are always wet. No need to submerge them. For fruiting you don't even want 94% relative humdity, because the metabolism takes place faster with less humidity (shrooms will grow better, larger and you will see no overlay mycelium). Less is enough, just for substrate colonization and primordia formation such a high humidity is desirable. Reduce the humidity if the first pinset is visible (more frequent vaning, keep up substrate humidity).
Best luck, it will work anyway if you're growing cubes.

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