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Offlinediscman1
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Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7?
    #3248088 - 10/12/04 06:59 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

As some of you know, I have been using a 10W mini compact fluorescent for both lighting and heat.



It seems to work well, It keeps the temperature at about 70?F at night and 74?F during the day.

The problem is, that it has to be on 24/7. Humidity in the chamber is good(98%), and the light is on the opposite side that the cakes are on.

Anyway, I was going to go buy a fish tank heater and a timer for the light, but if this isn't anything to worry about maybe I will save my money?

Thanks for the input.


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: discman1]
    #3250719 - 10/13/04 04:06 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I've found the shrooms grow thicker and bigger at night.

You can get timers that work in 60 or 30 minute intervals (2 for 8 bucks at walmart or home depot), put it on for 60 or 30 minutes then off for 60 or 30 minutes. I think this would give the shrooms the light they need 12/12 for pinning then you can just drop back to on for 30 off for 60 or on for 60 off for 120 to give you a 6/18 for once they start growing. These sort of patterns should keep the temp about right and give them the light they need.


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: scatmanrav]
    #3250727 - 10/13/04 04:09 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I agree with scatmanrav. I'm still on my first grow, but it looks like it grows faster in the darkness. At least the fuzz does.

Also, if you get a fish tank heater with adjustable temperature, you don't need a timer. just set to 75F and it'll keep it at by turning itself on and off. Save $5 on timer that way.

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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: Sam1912]
    #3250834 - 10/13/04 05:04 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Save 5 off a timer but spends like 20 on a heater (and then wouldnt he need a second tub for it to sit in like a tub in tub? that would be best..other ways but still) and still has to turn his light on and off himself. Personally I think both should be gotten though :smile:


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: discman1]
    #3250846 - 10/13/04 05:12 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

Anyway, I was going to go buy a fish tank heater and a timer for the light, but if this isn't anything to worry about maybe I will save my money?





That's why.

As far as light, damn.. he checks on his grow so much, I don't think he'd mind turning lights on and off every 12th visit to the pod.

Sam


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: discman1]
    #3250877 - 10/13/04 05:35 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I'm sure it's fine.


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: Black_Flag]
    #3254477 - 10/20/04 02:20 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

ive read that the shrooms grow more in the dark b/c the absence of light is a signal to them that if they dont grow, they'll die, so they grow big and strong to compensate for the less-than-optimal conditons.


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: flecktone]
    #3254582 - 10/20/04 02:55 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

If I was mycellium and couldn't see any light I'd think "Gee, I must be underground, I should continue growing if I ever wish to reach the surface and spread my sexy mushroomness."


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: Koala Koolio]
    #3254665 - 10/20/04 03:13 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Well, I got a heating pad now.. so I'm going to put the light on a timer 12hrs on, 12hrs off..

Still no mushrooms yet.. not really sure what I'm doing wrong, if anything.. it's been 9 days since I birthed them.

Will keep trying...... my temps were too low for a few days, maybe that slowed things down.. dunno.


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: discman1]
    #3254796 - 10/20/04 03:53 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

most heating pads will get your chamber really hot...even on the lowest setting. If this happens to you, then put some books between the heating pad, and your chamber.


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: mycoguy]
    #3254919 - 10/20/04 05:19 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I know I don't put my lights on a timer, lacks the personal touch. I turn all of them on as I feel its needed every 3rd time I check them (give or take :wink: )


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Growing with bags, start to finish (including my new grain and substrate prep)
Anyone looking to start bulk tubs/mono tubs/shotgun hybrids? Good tubs to use..
How I do grain (old still good tips)
Turn your closet into a fruiting chamber
Casing layer colonization and overlay


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: scatmanrav]
    #3254930 - 10/20/04 05:25 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Yeah, I just got it today, so it's still in it's trial phase, where I figure out what is needed to keep the temp steady. It's realitivly small at only 55W, and it has Low, Medium and High settings.

I put it on High to get the temp to ~75.5?F rapidly, and then set it to low.. and the temperature has actually dropped to 75.0?, so we'll see. I might have to use Medium with a towel inbetween or something.


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Re: Is it bad to have the cakes exposed to light 24/7? [Re: scatmanrav]
    #3256131 - 10/20/04 02:59 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

scatmanrav said:
I know I don't put my lights on a timer, lacks the personal touch. I turn all of them on as I feel its needed every 3rd time I check them (give or take :wink: )



Mycota (6T) has said and I'll reiterate mushrooms do not like change. I also used to manually turn my lights on every morning between 6:30 and 7AM and shut them off just before bed 9:30-10:00PM But since have gotten lazier, I then switched everything to full auto. I liked it much better and I think the kids liked it too. :wink:


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