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Offlinepeavyxs
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moistening perlite.
    #4746860 - 10/02/05 11:05 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

another failed terrrarium...

what is the best way to moisten perlite. i have a 19 qt tub that i will be putting about an 1 1/2 inch of perlite in.

i seem to be having major problems keeping humidity up.


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Re: moistening perlite. [Re: peavyxs]
    #4746871 - 10/02/05 11:08 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)



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Re: moistening perlite. [Re: Bamaman]
    #4746908 - 10/02/05 11:17 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

how long did you drain the perlite for?


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Re: moistening perlite. [Re: peavyxs]
    #4746922 - 10/02/05 11:19 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

1-2 minutes...it was still dripping wet when i poured it in the tub.


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Re: moistening perlite. [Re: Bamaman]
    #4747092 - 10/02/05 11:52 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

thats probably you issue. Layer it like this: thin dry layer, 1-1/2 inch thick wet layer, and a 1/2 inch Dry layer on top.
Also placing a bubble wand under the perlite will wick air through it, raising the RH(This is not necessary! i do it and it helps).
Perlite has to be partially dry in order to humidify!
This link will help http://www.erowid.org/plants/mushrooms/mushrooms_cultivation_perlite.shtml


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Re: moistening perlite. [Re: ESanceOfCyan]
    #4747142 - 10/03/05 12:02 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Do not put dry/wet/dry layers as ESanceOfCyan said. The chamber is gonna be at 90%+ rh so putting a dry layer makes no sense.


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Re: moistening perlite. [Re: ESanceOfCyan]
    #4747209 - 10/03/05 12:17 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

There will end up being a dry layer at the top regardless as the water trickles down to the bottom (gravity) unless the perlite is completely saturated. I just put the perlite in and fill with water until I see that the water level was about 1/2"+ below the top of the perlite. You can soak and drain too.

I think your problem may be that you don't have a tight seal on your terrarium. If the moisture can escape, it will. If the lid isn't tight on your terrarium, use a plastic bag or saran wrap:

I used a garbage bag for a lid here:


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