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Storing Colonizing Jars
    #4545880 - 08/17/05 09:52 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Is an incubator a must like a glove box or terrarium is for sterility? I read in the PF-tek that IF one can't get the appropriate temperatures then they should put their jars in an incubator. I will have no problem keeping 80 degrees and around 50-60% humidity in the room so will this be okay? I don't know if the jars risk contamination or not while sitting on the shelf so please let me know. I would think they would be okay because they are covered but what do you think?


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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: llopez00]
    #4545887 - 08/17/05 10:00 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I just let my jars colonize at room temp 72 degrees
80 degrees is okay


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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: llopez00]
    #4545890 - 08/17/05 10:01 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

No not a must at all, it's just for serious cultivators like a glovebox is. Speeds up colonization nicely.

I haven't been using any incubation lately, just jars in my closet thats 70F and they're doing fine.


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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: kronnyQ]
    #4545897 - 08/17/05 10:05 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

What about humidity levels where you store the jars? I ask this because I have a max of around 25-30% humidity without a humidifier. Yeah, I know, I'm in the desert. :smile:


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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: llopez00]
    #4545899 - 08/17/05 10:08 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Humidity shouldn't matter at all since you are colonizing in closed jars.


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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: llopez00]
    #4545902 - 08/17/05 10:08 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

That depends on what kind of air exchange your jars have, If its regular pf-tek jars they should be fine
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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: kronnyQ]
    #4545908 - 08/17/05 10:12 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I was keeping my jars in the high 80's in a cooler on the top shelf of my closet and they started to get light brown spots on them so I took them down and put them in a different room which was in the mid 70's and there fine now If you have a cooler put them in there and if u want u can get a reptile heating pad and wrap it up in a towel and put it the cooler. This is a very easy way to get an incubator going


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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: llopez00]
    #4545909 - 08/17/05 10:12 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

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Is an incubator a must like a glove box or terrarium is for sterility? I read in the PF-tek that IF one can't get the appropriate temperatures then they should put their jars in an incubator. I will have no problem keeping 80 degrees and around 50-60% humidity in the room so will this be okay? I don't know if the jars risk contamination or not while sitting on the shelf so please let me know. I would think they would be okay because they are covered but what do you think?




that all sounds perfectly fine, the incubator is used to keep the temps up to that level. If you're room stays a that temp, you shouldn't have any problems at all. Just make sure no light is getting in there. Leaving them in a box over your refrigerator is also a good place.


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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: llopez00]
    #4545919 - 08/17/05 10:17 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

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What about humidity levels where you store the jars? I ask this because I have a max of around 25-30% humidity without a humidifier. Yeah, I know, I'm in the desert. :smile:




Very low Rh can cause spawn jars to dry out faster than they would if stored a place with higher Rh, say around 60 to 70%. So, I would suggest you store the jars in some kind of closed container (like a rubbermaid storage tote - beer cooler or whatever), with a couple open jars of just water, along side them.


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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: agar]
    #4545958 - 08/17/05 10:39 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Cool, I've been rated. :smile: Thanks for the help guys. I think what I'll end up doing is put them in the closet with a heater and humidifier like I had originally planned and I'll keep the temps at around 80 degrees and the humidity at around 60%. That way it'll be dark, warm, and humid. I would do the rubbermaid thing but if I do that then space will definitely be an issue. I'm going to start off small and eventually grow a lot so I need to save my space for fruiting containers.


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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: llopez00]
    #4545978 - 08/17/05 10:45 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Just be careful with the heater....If you are using a heater, make sure it is far enough away. All that dry heat can dry up your jars fairly quickly (I have made that mistake b4). I usually have my jars at about 83F with about 50RH and it goes fairly well. Things like space heaters can dry up the humidity in the air fairly quickly.

If you are going to use the heater, I would do what agar suggests by putting the jars in a little rubbermaid or beer cooler to keep the humidity levels up.


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Re: Storing Colonizing Jars [Re: srgtm1a]
    #4545984 - 08/17/05 10:48 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I keep my incubating jars in the box they came in on top of the fridge. Always a constant temp up there, never failed yet. I put something on top of the box to keep it closed/keep light out. Like a box of cereal or something


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