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Offlinesponzere
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problems with perlite
    #352082 - 06/30/01 08:04 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

my perlite has been doing fine keeping the humidity in my chamber in the mid-80's. all of a sudden now it's lowering fast. i've added water several times and it hasn't seemed to help. can perlite just all of a sudden lose its ability to humidify or what? it's been in there for about 4-5 weeks now. should i just change it, add more, etc? all help is greatly appreciated

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Re: problems with perlite [Re: sponzere]
    #352122 - 06/30/01 09:39 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

I heard perilite should be changed every month


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Re: problems with perlite [Re: PlowKing]
    #352129 - 06/30/01 09:49 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

holy shit!
changed every month? what source is that from...
i have used the same perlite for a year or so! i am not doubting you, just need to backup that statement coz perlite does not lose it's ability to humidify, but it may become contaminated if it is dirty of has casing material spilt on it...

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Re: problems with perlite [Re: sponzere]
    #352161 - 06/30/01 11:02 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

Don't trust a cheap hygrometer. And "freshen" your peroxide with a 10% bleach douche in between flushes. No, perlite doesn't go bad.



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Re: problems with perlite [Re: sponzere]
    #352184 - 07/01/01 12:28 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

Maybe you have too much water in the perlite...

I soak and drain enough perlite to cover the bottom of my terrarium an inch deep, and then cover that with an inch of dry perlite to wick the moisture into the air. Make sure that you don't have it waterlogged. I don't think it works so well when it is soaked.



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Re: problems with perlite [Re: sponzere]
    #352653 - 07/01/01 10:31 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

Wrong Wrong Wrong!
It's not the perlite. Likely your meter. As far as the perlite, change it every month or LESS! Just adding more peroxide to keep nasties out will not suffice. The water will become stagnant-meaning by the loss of oxygen, it WILL host contaminants easily. I would change it at least once a month, with weekly additions of peroxide solution. Don't waste your efforts by cutting cost-$2.50 for a new bag of perlite.
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Re: problems with perlite [Re: Bullfrog]
    #352688 - 07/01/01 11:33 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

would you recomend using the perlite method of humidification? does the cooler still need the 'water catcher' (the slanted peice of plexi-glass)? and would putting it outside for a little while everyday hurt anything? (temps around here are usully in the high80-90s) ill be using just regualr old cakes, and this will be the "pf" strian.

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Re: problems with perlite [Re: sponzere]
    #352689 - 07/01/01 11:34 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

i am having pelight problems too!! there is an inch of water at the bottom with about three inches of soaking wet perlite on top. its in a 12 inch terrarium; whats wrong??????? if you have a solution then please pm me (i dont want to hoag this guys post) cus the humidity is super low!!!!

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Re: problems with perlite [Re: Bullfrog]
    #352743 - 07/02/01 12:55 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

Adding peroxide will add oxygen(peroxide spontaneously breaks down to form O2 and H2O) and kill bacteria, but peroxide doesn't kill existing mold mycelium so it needs to be changed frequently. Once a month is good.

You don't need to toss your perlite away when your changing it either. Just bake it for an hour at 350F, to kill contams.

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Re: problems with perlite [Re: jonnyshaggs420]
    #352822 - 07/02/01 04:08 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

yeh that is what i do! bake and re-use... perlite is expensive where i live. i understand it can host contams because of th whole stagnant thing but in my experience it hasn't really affected my terrariums at all...
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