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Offlineshadow69playa
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lavarock, geolite, red lava the same?
    #3203985 - 10/01/04 03:37 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

i went to lowes today, to find some geolite.. but all i found was a product called "red lava".

its lava rock.. and it says it retains moisture and has little holes in it (like cheese)

its the same stuff you use for ur outdoor garden, is this the correct stuff to use besides perlite?


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: shadow69playa]
    #3204006 - 10/01/04 04:18 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

geolite is expanded clay pellets, usually you can only find them at dedicated hydroponics stores.

i dont think lava rock is as good as geolite and its a bit dirtier.


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: shadow69playa]
    #3204008 - 10/01/04 04:19 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yes you can use lava rocks in place of perlite.


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: Gr0wer]
    #3204234 - 10/01/04 05:06 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Lava works fine, but it is heavy.

Geolite costs the most but is lighter than lava, and reusable like lava.

Perlite is the cheapest, lightest and it works fine too... but it requires a bit of cleaning once you need to get the perlite out.


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: shadow69playa]
    #3204485 - 10/01/04 06:13 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

should i fill up the tub with some water and rinse the lava rock before i use it?


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: MushBus]
    #3204596 - 10/01/04 06:58 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Quote:

MushBus said:
geolite is expanded clay pellets, usually you can only find them at dedicated hydroponics stores.





lava rock tends to be cleaner, less fine dust... Geolite can also be found in
several other places including concrete companies


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: Prisoner#1]
    #3204650 - 10/01/04 07:20 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

hmmm, concrete companies. Never thought of looking there.

prices arent bad though, bout $10 for 15 liters. And my geolite stays pretty clean in my hydroponics setup, no dust.


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: shadow69playa]
    #3204708 - 10/01/04 07:43 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)


should i fill up the tub with some water and rinse the lava rock before i use it?


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: shadow69playa]
    #3204711 - 10/01/04 07:44 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

pressure cook the rocks.


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: gloom]
    #3204731 - 10/01/04 07:53 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Uhh, outta curiosity, are you supposed to sanitize perlite before you use it?


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: BioSore]
    #3204781 - 10/01/04 08:15 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Pasteurization is always a good idea, but if you are using the perlite to humidify your colonized cakes it won't make a huge bit of difference because colonized cakes are practically immune to contams.

I'm finding geolite/ hydroton is definitely the best, I have seen see many instances where mycellium colonizes to the hydroton balls and produces crop with no added substrate!

We just got a hydroponic store here so I lucked out. Mine was called Hydro Korrels, just look for the small clay reddish-orange balls at a specialty store.


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: kronnyQ]
    #3204894 - 10/01/04 08:58 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah, my town is relatively large but we still fail to have a hydroponic store. We even have like 2-3 plant shops in town. It's an extremely small number for this size.


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: BioSore]
    #3205329 - 10/01/04 11:53 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

pressure cook the rocks?
i dont want to go through all that trouble, im sure just a few rinses and i should be fine. They should be strong against any contam. from the lava rocks


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Re: lavarock, geolite, red lava the same? [Re: shadow69playa]
    #3205444 - 10/02/04 01:35 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah i wouldn't waste my time pressure cooking lava rocks.  Rinse them off real good and put some h202 in the water for the pmp.  Its not like they have nutritional value for contams to feed on anyway. :lol:
Not trying to be a dick, ya know.


Edited by atomic1 (10/02/04 01:37 AM)


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