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Offlinezorakensis
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Colonization question!
    #3872379 - 03/05/05 11:48 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Hullo shroomers,

I'm at the end of my 2nd week after inoculation and 6 of my 9 jars are nearly completely colonized. The bottom part is all that is remaining as expected. What can I do to speed this/aid it? Someone said I can turn them upside down, so I did this to 3. Can someone tell me why this works or if it does? I propped them on stilts so they had air flow...

I'm also afraid of contamination b/c the top verm. layer is a wee bit loose when I turn it upside down.

Thanks all,

Z


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The cool and still Boulder Creek Night
I hear the song of the cricket
And locusts and frogs
And I wonder
Is this the life of a Mushroom - Barbara E Hanson


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Re: Colonization question! [Re: zorakensis]
    #3872390 - 03/05/05 11:52 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Do you have tape that covers your innoc holes??. If you have, take them of that will speed it up.


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Re: Colonization question! [Re: SpaceVox]
    #3872396 - 03/05/05 11:54 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

leave them be if you have a layer of vermiculite in the jar thats pretty good time


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Re: Colonization question! [Re: zorakensis]
    #3872398 - 03/05/05 11:55 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

A build up of carbon dioxide is most likely inhibiting aggressive growth at the bottum of your jars. Turning the jars upside down will ussually make the heavier CO2 gas leak out through the top and in a sense create a vacum for the oxygen to get to the uncolonized media.

Dont worry about the top layer of verm. The top area(directly underneath the verm) is fully colonized and is fairly resistant to contamination.

GL Z


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Re: Colonization question! [Re: dmc_]
    #3872415 - 03/05/05 12:02 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

what are you incubating in whats your temp


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Incubation Temp [Re: sludge]
    #3872867 - 03/05/05 02:39 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

I've had it b/t 75 and 82... the ambient temp has been fluctuating like mad here, warm one day and freezing the next.... so I have to constantly tweak the temp in there. I'm using a 10 gal. aquarium and a 75watt (maybe 50w) black phosphorous (night glow) reptile heat lamp. If I need supplementary heat I turn on a heat pad.


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Suspended in the darkness of
The cool and still Boulder Creek Night
I hear the song of the cricket
And locusts and frogs
And I wonder
Is this the life of a Mushroom - Barbara E Hanson


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Re: Colonization question! *DELETED* [Re: zorakensis]
    #3872884 - 03/05/05 02:45 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

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Re: Colonization question! [Re: nothing]
    #3872933 - 03/05/05 02:59 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Ok. Done.. gave em a tap, 2 of the 4 I flipped slid down, the other two didn't really... looks like it may be difficult to birth them.

Oh... anyone know how I can 'dehumidify' slightly. I am testing out my fruiting container. I am going to use perlite. I soaked the perlite, than drained most of the excess water out. All this is a 1/2 inch thick layer at the bottom of a 6 gallon aquarium. I covered the screen lid with seran wrap to make it air tight, but left air holes. My hygro says 95-100% but I understand I want 90-95%... arg, annoying. Don't that mean I'll get fatties?


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Suspended in the darkness of
The cool and still Boulder Creek Night
I hear the song of the cricket
And locusts and frogs
And I wonder
Is this the life of a Mushroom - Barbara E Hanson


Edited by zorakensis (03/05/05 03:00 PM)


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Re: Colonization question! [Re: zorakensis]
    #3873331 - 03/05/05 04:55 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

CO2 is heavier than O2. Thus when you turn them upside down the CO2 will will sink to the bottom and push the O2 up where the colonization has stopped finishing it up.


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