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OfflineDarK_SavioR
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Perlite Substitution?
    #316067 - 05/13/01 04:31 AM (15 years, 6 months ago)

I was wondering, is there anything special about using perlite to keep the humidity up? I've used perlite in the bottom of my terrarium each time I've cultivated my shrooms (twice) while keeping my cakes in seperate containers sitting on the perlite. Could I just put water in the bottom of the terrarium w/o perlite and that work just as well since my cakes are in other containers in the terrarium?



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Re: Perlite Substitution? [Re: DarK_SavioR]
    #316117 - 05/13/01 07:48 AM (15 years, 6 months ago)

No, god no, you don't want standing water festering in your terrarium. Perlite is special because it absorbs the water and releases it into the air. Read the perlite FAQ on erowid, and the other perlite docs they have there.

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Re: Perlite Substitution? [Re: DarK_SavioR]
    #316118 - 05/13/01 07:50 AM (15 years, 6 months ago)

Perlite helps to increase the exposed surface area allowing for greater evaporation. If you go w/ water-only, you'll probably want to put an air bubbler in the water. You may also have to put it on a timer due to high humidity. Just bring it on as much as necessary.




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Re: Perlite Substitution? [Re: egghead]
    #316467 - 05/13/01 09:20 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

k, gotcha.... here's just an idea on how you where talking about the perlite increasing the surface area and therefore increasing the humidity... what about sponges? Wouldn't that increase the surface area even more and also hold more water?

Edited by DarK_SavioR on 05/13/01 09:22 PM.



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Re: Perlite Substitution? [Re: DarK_SavioR]
    #316496 - 05/13/01 10:09 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

Well I am not sure how this applies as far as the shrooms go,but Being a chef I have taken many sanatation and food prep courses and one thing we are taught is that it is not a good idea to use a sponge in the kitchen.They absorb bacteria and Contaimanents and trap them in the nooks and cranies.So we do not use them in the kitchen.Like I said I dont know if this would be true in a situation like that,but my guess would be that it would do the same in your terreruim.If any thing got in it would trap it.Once again I have no clue if this would effect anything,just throwin in my 2cents.Maybe if you used peroxide mixed in and kept changing the sponge.

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Re: Perlite Substitution? [Re: IneedHitsPLEASE]
    #316508 - 05/13/01 10:24 PM (15 years, 6 months ago)

thats a good point, but ya I always use peroxide in with the water.



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