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Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use?
    #4398256 - 07/13/05 01:58 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

From what I've read, instead of hydrated lime, calcium carbonate is better to use in a 50/50 case mix as there is no chance to burn the mycelium.

How does this stuff look? It is labeled as "calcium carbonate" and used for reptiles.





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Re: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: myndreach]
    #4398296 - 07/13/05 02:11 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Why is it red?


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Re: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: Blue Helix]
    #4398298 - 07/13/05 02:12 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

It was dyed with a non-toxic dye it says if you read the back, just for identification and to blend with whatever color sand you use. They had red, black, brown, yellow, etc.


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Re: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: myndreach]
    #4398305 - 07/13/05 02:16 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

It looks ok, but I'd rather get pulvarized limestone, even more of a powder, and 2 bucks for 50 pounds. It should work I guess though...


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Re: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: scatmanrav]
    #4398314 - 07/13/05 02:18 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Where do you get pulverized limestone?


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Re: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: Kalix]
    #4398337 - 07/13/05 02:24 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Walmart...maybe home depot.


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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: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: scatmanrav]
    #4398344 - 07/13/05 02:26 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Kewl..I'll get some tomorrow, I haven't done a casing with buffer yet..


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Re: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: Kalix]
    #4398388 - 07/13/05 02:41 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Kalix, buffers are a good idea and can help the pin set. I think the 50/50 recipe mixes too high pH even using calcium carbonate (and it's way, way, way too high using hydrated lime). I use a Pinpoint pH meter accurate to .01 and calibrated before each use with a dual buffer system. Depending on the fineness of the flour, I can tell you that you don't need more than about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of calcium carbonate to get to the 7.5 range (he recommends like 1.2 cups). I use about 1/4 cup pure calcium carbonate super fine flour with 2 cups of aragonite (crushed coral) to get to the 7.2 range.


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Re: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: Blue Helix]
    #4398394 - 07/13/05 02:43 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Thanks for the recipe! My current experiment is Cambo fruited invitro in a Cookie jar off H-poo with no casing at all, just because I've never done it, but I got a 3 Quarts Texas colonizing, and I'll have to try that casing mix..


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Re: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: Blue Helix]
    #4398396 - 07/13/05 02:44 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

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Re: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: Kalix]
    #4398504 - 07/13/05 03:13 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Actually now that I think of it, I think I used four cups of crushed coral. Just use whatever is in the recipe but reduce the calcium carbonate flour or pulverized limestone to 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup. If it feels more like the consistency of corn flour, use a 1/2 cup. If it feels more the consistency of sifted white flour, use about 1/4th cup.


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Re: Calcium Carbonate found at Petco...is this okay to use? [Re: mickeymicmic]
    #4398546 - 07/13/05 03:25 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

mickeymicmic said:
i like anyone that quotes asimov, good man.




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