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Invisiblemadsickpenguin
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perlite same as vermiculite?
    #3094976 - 09/05/04 02:31 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I bought some horticultural Perlite at Wal-mart, but, the PF tek called for vermiculite and Perlite. There were 2 different photos for the 2 different substances. Is Perlite what I should be using to make the substrate or is there something else it is used for?


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Invisibleutopianglory
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Re: perlite same as vermiculite? [Re: madsickpenguin]
    #3094989 - 09/05/04 02:35 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Perlite is for humidification of your terrarium.

Vermiculite is for water retention in your substrate.

Some people have used perlite instead of vermiculite but is is not a common practice and probably something that should not be done as a new grower.

Hope that helps :smile:


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Invisiblemadsickpenguin
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Re: perlite same as vermiculite? [Re: utopianglory]
    #3095023 - 09/05/04 02:46 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Yes, it did thank you. Another question though, by humidification you mean putting a layer at the bottom of the terrarium? I remember reading something about that, however, it didn't say in the PF tek to do that. Should I go ahead and put some in the bottom?


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InvisibleFucknuckle
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Re: perlite same as vermiculite? [Re: madsickpenguin]
    #3095026 - 09/05/04 02:47 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Becarful that the " Hoticultural Perlite" Does not have added plant food in it. That can cause real problems later. I have noticed in the past year there is alot more of that shit on the market.


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Invisibleutopianglory
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Re: perlite same as vermiculite? [Re: madsickpenguin]
    #3095043 - 09/05/04 02:51 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

madsickpenguin said:
Yes, it did thank you. Another question though, by humidification you mean putting a layer at the bottom of the terrarium? I remember reading something about that, however, it didn't say in the PF tek to do that. Should I go ahead and put some in the bottom?




I do mean putting a layer at the bottom of the terrarium yes.

However..

You do not need to do that until your jars are colonized. When they are ready to be birthed into the terrarium, you need to provide them with a humid environment. Wet perlite in the bottom of the terrarium will do humidify the air in the terrarium.

Here is some handy reading:

http://www.shroomery.org/index/par/7991


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