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Halted growth
    #409639 - 09/30/01 09:34 PM (22 years, 5 months ago)

Ok, this was my first time to attempt growing, and I have failed, oh well. What I'm wondering is why it failed, so let me describe the whole situation to you all.

I must confess that I didn't follow the PFTEK to the letter, or any other tek for that matter. I used a 1/2 pint drinking glass covered with Saran wrap with a rubber band around it as my "jar". I prepared the substrate as per the PF TEK, but I added a bit of extra water because I used my microwave to sterilize. I wasn't sure if it would work well, but I decided to try my luck. I put it in on high for 5 minutes, but after 1 and a half minutes it looked like it was going to freakin' explode, so I stopped it. It was hot as fuck, and I had to use a towel to take it out. I left it in my closet for a day and a half, untouched, at which point I removed the rubber band and saran wrap to take a wiff. There were no bad smells, so I decided to innoculate. I used a lot of solution, about 2 and a half cc's, just because I'm not that concerned with preserving my syringe. So, I left the jar in indirect light in a nice warm spot, and within four days there was definite spore germination. The four spots grew to about the size of a quarter, and then halted. When I remove the saran wrap there is kind of a sweet smell, but not putrid at all as with my test jar that I didn't sterilize at all (of course I didn't innoculate it either, I just wanted to know what a contam'd jar looked/smelled like).

So, what caused the spots to stop growing? It's been a few weeks, and there has been no change at all. Is it probably a water problem? If so is it too much or too little? I don't see any obvious contam spots, and there's not really a bad smell, could it still be some sort of contamination? Any help is greatly appreciated. Damn this was long, sorry.

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Re: Halted growth [Re: feign]
    #409902 - 10/01/01 06:43 AM (22 years, 5 months ago)

They're most likely too dry.

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Re: Halted growth [Re: feign]
    #413427 - 10/04/01 07:45 AM (22 years, 4 months ago)

Rubbermaid containers covered with Saran wrap, with the cover slightly off, will not melt or explode in the microwave (up to ten minutes). So far (first attempt) only one of six containers have contamination (litte red sprinkles?). I'm trying a variety of sizes of containers, and it was my biggest one. Drying out has been a problem in the little containers. The tek I'm using is fast food of the gods.

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