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Two Terrariums, Good Idea?
    #565724 - 02/28/02 12:50 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I currently have a rather nice very large terrarium that I put together inspired by Xazia's design. It is large enough to hold 8 casings that are 8 cakes a piece.
More than big enough anyways.
The only thing that I find to be an inconvenience is this. If my casings arent in sync as far as pinning and fruiting, it sometimes is a problem. Since the humidity for casings shgould be at 95% for pinning and then dropped in the 80's for fruiting. If all of my casings arent in the same phase at the same time it causes problems. And with 1st and 2nd flushes, not to mention the fact that sometimes when I have the time I will whip up another casing, this causes a problem.
I have thought of making another terrarium just for pinning. My current terr is powered with a cool mist humidifier so I figure I can power the pinning chamber with that. I was just going to drill another hole in it and run a hose into a large rubbermaid container for pinning.
Does anyone have any ideas on this. Just for sake of discussion what would be the bad part of keeping the humidity at 95 the entire time? Would that cause the fruiting to occur improperly, or just cause flush overlaps since pinning would always be occurring?

Thanks in advance for info.

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Re: Two Terrariums, Good Idea? [Re: Under_net]
    #565844 - 02/28/02 03:12 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

hi undernet!
a drop in humidity is what triggers pinning, along with a drop in co2 levels and temp. thats why when you want to intiate pinning you start fanning more. this is what i do.
just case in tupperware containers that are at least 4 inches deep, and that have a lid. during the first couple of days after casing when you want to promote some vegetative growth keep it in the terranium with the lid on (i even throw small kitchen/hand towels over them so they are in complete darkness. try to resist the urge to check on them frequently just let them do there thing. after a couple days simply remove the lid. this is assuming you are keeping your terranium at fruit environmental conditions. you can dedicate your bottom shelf to new casings. if you moniter carefully try laying a heating pad on this shelf set on its lowest setting and then laying a towel over that. you can sit your casings on top and they will stay in the mid to upper 80s. when you are ready to initiate pinning removeing the lid and either placing on a higher shelf or removing the heating pad will accomplish all three factors needed for pinning! good luck!

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