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Re: Perlite
    #68623 - 12/15/99 11:37 PM (22 years, 9 months ago)

Did you do a search? I remember seeing this thread like yesterday or the day before. You cant do this because perlite is all about the surface area and not about quanity. Throw about 1 1/2" -2" of perlite and water generously (about 1"). Make sure you give daily air exchanges and a misting every now and then.

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Re: Perlite
    #68625 - 12/15/99 11:43 PM (22 years, 9 months ago)

That bowl idea just might work but it will likely require your setup to be air-tight.

A relatively cheep way to accomplish this is:

1)Go to Meijers or Wal-Mart
2)Buy a small glass aquarium that will house your cakes and stay hidden in your chest.
3)Buy a wire screen top for the aquarium.
4)Head on over to the hardware section and find self adhesive weather-stripping; if you're not sure what I'm talking about ask for the rubber strips to weather-proof a door.
5)While you're there also buy double sided tape.
6)Go home.
7)Using the double sided tape stick a sheet of saran-wrap over the screen lid.
8)Stick the weather-stripping to the top edge of the fish tank so that when you put the lid on everything will be air tight.
9)I think that if you coat the bottom of the tank with perlite and then add water it will work better than the bowl idea. It also leaves more room for your cakes. If you dont want your cakes sitting on the perlite you can use small plastic picnic plates or sandwich bags or really anything to keep them off.

I've found this setup to be extremely easy to maintain and have enjoyed good results. One thing to remember is that if you don't air the thing out with a fan at least once every day you may stunt cap development.

Good Luck!

[This message has been edited by Psilowarrior (edited December 15, 1999).]

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Re: Perlite
    #68626 - 12/15/99 11:51 PM (22 years, 9 months ago)

I prefer to use squares of 1/4" wire mesh with the corners bent down to keep my cakes off the pearlite, it works well, just make sure the corners keep the cakes off the pearlite enough.

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