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OfflineAbeZard
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Perlite not enuf
    #392341 - 09/12/01 12:34 PM (22 years, 5 months ago)

I wet and drained perlite, then put a 2-3 inch layer in the bottom of my 15 gallon (ish) plastic container. I have a small aquarium pump with airhose pumping air in for exchange.
The humidity is only in the lower 80's. I am reluctant to put any cakes there unless I can get it higher.
Am I doing something wrong?
Thanks for sharing your expertise.

Abe Zaardvark
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Re: Perlite not enuf [Re: AbeZard]
    #392345 - 09/12/01 12:36 PM (22 years, 5 months ago)

lower the amount of incoming air, or put a bubbler stone on the end of the line and put it in a glass of water in the aquarium.

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Re: Perlite not enuf [Re: AbeZard]
    #393336 - 09/13/01 12:29 PM (22 years, 5 months ago)

You need to add 1/4" of water to the perilite now so it has water to wick up in to the air. May also want to add some H2O2 with the water to halep prevent contams.

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Re: Perlite not enuf [Re: AbeZard]
    #393524 - 09/13/01 04:26 PM (22 years, 5 months ago)

Are you sure your hygrometer shows the correct value?
Is it calibrated?

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Re: Perlite not enuf [Re: AbeZard]
    #393917 - 09/13/01 11:16 PM (22 years, 5 months ago)

Abe I had the same problem with my terrarium until I used some weather stripping to make a tighter seal. The type of weather stripping I'm talking about is the foam strip that is used around doors. It comes with adhesive on one side so it is easy to apply. I put it around the top of my terrarium and then put a weight on the lid so the snaps on my rubbermaid lid would not be stressed & also to make it nice and snug. After about a week you do not need to put a weight on it as it developes a nice molded fit.

I did exactly what you did and drained my perlite before putting 2 to 3 inches in the terrarium. Some people add extra water but I have found with the foam seal that I have more water than I need with just the drained perlite. It has been almost a month now of me opening the lid daily and fanning vigorously and I still have heavy condensation in my terrarium which is the size of a clothes basket.

Good luck Abe and let us know how it turns out. Peace be with you always, TUT



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Re: Perlite not enuf [Re: Anno]
    #394079 - 09/14/01 06:21 AM (22 years, 5 months ago)

Anno-
I discovered the hygronomer is most likely reading low. It is the $5.99 white plastic thingie from Lowes. It reads 80 while another one like it right next to it reads 90! At this point, my new radio shack digital unit was reading 93.
Is there such a thing as an acurate hygronomer? You would think the factory would calibrate them so you don't have to.

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Re: Perlite not enuf [Re: AbeZard]
    #394089 - 09/14/01 06:56 AM (22 years, 5 months ago)

>Is there such a thing as an acurate hygronomer?
Yes, any analog hygrometer with a calibration screw will do a good job.
> You would think the factory would calibrate them so you don't have to.
Wrong. You have to.
"Analog (dial-type) hygrometers are often shipped from the factory out of spec. To calibrate, you need plain table salt, a few drops of water and a see-through Tupperware container with a tightly fitting lid.
Place about 1 teaspoon of salt in a small shallow open container, such as the cap to a jar. Add a few drops of water to the salt. You DO NOT want a solution or to dissolve the salt, only get it damp. Place the container with the salt solution in the Tupperware container. Next, place the hygrometer in the Tupperware container face down. This will allow you to view and check the reading of the hygrometer before you open the container. CAUTION - do not spill any salt or solution on your hygrometer! Place the lid on the Tupperware container making sure it fits tight. Allow to stabilize for at least 6 hours. Without opening the container, check your reading. It should read exactly 75%. If not, note the deviation and or adjust the hygrometer"


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