Reports on Myco-tek grow chamber

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By theodore genisis (Ntheo) on Sunday, October 14, 2001 - 05:59 am:


anyone tried this out? costs $160, but i've easily spent that on hepa filters, aquariums, misc pumps, timers, etc etc.

By Lzmaryann (Lzmaryann) on Sunday, October 14, 2001 - 07:59 pm:

Interesting question. I think Eatualive has that setup. I just haven't gotten around to asking him. He would hopefully give an unbiased opinion! I say this based on some posts I saw a while back.

By Herb Smith (Smkindahrbge) on Monday, October 15, 2001 - 05:18 am:

That thing looks pretty easy to use... Did you ever get any more info about it?

By theodore genisis (Ntheo) on Monday, October 15, 2001 - 06:14 am:

I'm ready to buy one; it's cold where I live now, the temperatures swing up and down, it's tough to keep the babies in the zone, haven't worked out the kinks on air exchange. I'm just trying not to be impulsive until I check with others, but I'm ready to plunk down the cash.

By oscill8 (Oscill8) on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 05:29 am:

id email him to verify, but im pretty sure it doesnt come with a temp regulator, only does humidity.

By Hatcher Milburn (Hatcher) on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 06:13 am:

My units..10 gal. aquariums humidified w/perlite, Zoo Med under-tank-heaters origionaly regulated w/ layers of cardboard, analog temp. & humidity guages, two pieces of custom-cut plexiglass, $40 dollars for four pieces(2 units...) cost less than seventy dollars each..

By Eatyualive (Eatyualive) on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 05:43 pm:

i havn't tried the hydropod but you can build your own at this site for about half the price and twice the size.

By Nan (Nanook) on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 06:16 pm:

You know me. I'll always tell you to go cheap.

By Lzmaryann (Lzmaryann) on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 - 03:20 am:

Eatualive, how is that unit working out? Theodore: A monkey I know said that you should skip the hydropod and go with Nanooks' recommendation.

By monkeyod (Monkeyod) on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 - 05:12 am:

Go cheap. Plus you might want to go to the shroomery and check out what happened between McMan-the 'inventor' of the Hydropod and Anno. I wouldn't support the guy.

By Eatyualive (Eatyualive) on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 - 07:45 pm:

i wouldn't buy the hydropod myself. I have built my own and there are pictures of my setup on my posts. I built it with influence from the mushroom cultivator using air entrainment.

By theodore genisis (Ntheo) on Thursday, October 18, 2001 - 01:32 am:

Eatualive--- the hydropod is from myco-tek, same guys who you gave the link for, altho if you try to order it, it takes you to the Pod page. I don't see anything about building your own at this site. It sure looks like mcMann's unit.

You're right Oscill8, it doesn't seem to have temp control; that;s my problem now, I'm in a trailer at 6000 ft, and its hard to have stable temperature control. Put a lizard pad heater to bottom of aquarium, doesn't do squat thru 3" of perlite.

Thanks for the feedback.

By Fanaticus (Fanaticus) on Thursday, October 18, 2001 - 07:23 am:

for temperature control of small terrariums, the best and easiest and cheapest way to go is with a small space heater in a closet. One should never heat the terrarium directly because that causes reduced humidity and failure. A heated closet is ambient air temps which warm the entire terrarium and as long as it is tight, the shrooms love it.

the only disadvantage is that you have to have a closet. But if you are the boss of your house, take any closet you want and use it.


By Demon child (Crazylegs) on Saturday, October 20, 2001 - 06:06 pm:

Actually I am the one who sent that letter to Anno. hahaha I hate that scum fucking mcman prick. He deserves to die. Him and his fancy bucket can suck my dick. People like him are just rip-offs and don't deserve to be members of these communities. I told him that I would flush him out of the shroomery and I did. If he ever comes over here then I will do the same. He's a capitolistic swine mother fucker. I'd like to rape him with one of his fancy buckets. I doubt anyone ever bought one of those things. hahaha

By Lichen (Lichen) on Saturday, October 20, 2001 - 06:48 pm:

There's an excellent example of language we do not tolerate here. Actually I'm happy to be the one to say it: that kind of rhetoric is not welcome at Nan's Nook. You have to be capable of venting your rage in a more constructive manner.

Please tone down on the verbiage or you will be asked to leave. I am not a mod, but they are no-nonsense fellows and _will_ delete flamethrowers' accounts.

By Nan (Nanook) on Monday, October 22, 2001 - 06:51 pm:

I second you Lichen: Demon Child I am going to let the post stand because some may learn from it, but another like it from you and I will disable your account. Thanx

By plinkerdink420 (Plinkerdink420) on Saturday, October 20, 2001 - 10:31 pm:

i believe that the temperature was regulated through warm water running through pcv pipes... that wouldn't cause drying out of the air in the terrarium would it doesn't say how to build one on the myco-tek site but if you dig around, they basically explain all of the principles employed in its construction... so yeah... common sense would then tell you how to build it... well that and a little help from my friends

By Black Star (Mr_Bug) on Monday, October 22, 2001 - 04:33 pm:

Demon Child,

Your comments may be inappropriate, but I laughed out loud when I read them!!

By greenthumb (Greenthumb) on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 - 02:03 am:

Hot water radiant heat is a great way to keep things/places warm without drying the air.

By fomerly known as McMan (Mycotek) on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 - 03:37 am:

Demonchild, I am not sure who you are or that it really matters, but I would really appreciate it if you would stop impersonating me like this. Using my IPs, email info, etc.. to appear as me @ public places is not a cool thing imo.

Sorry to the rest of you for making the start of my first post here a complaint. Back to the subject...

For those of you who were discussing the temperature (or lack of) control in the Hydrapod, I have some info to share on that subject if your still interested...

You can add a submersible heater to the pod's reservoir in order to provide the heat necessary to keep the crops within their ideal range. You can also wrap the unit with an insulated solar-type blanket in order to help trap the heat-loss in. It works quite well.

I plan to offer an upgrade kit for the pod so that it can be converted into an incubation chamber as well. The kit would consist of a submersible heater and a custom made insulated cover for the pod that also kept the light out to meet the incubation requirements.

One could easily put something like this together with a black plastic garbage bag and a blanket. If someone were interested in converting their pod into an incubation chamber in this way, then here is how you would use it;

Converting your hydrapod terarrium into an incubation chamber:

1) Fill the pod with geo-lite and get the pod system up and running, minus the air pump.

2) turn off the water pump.

3) add the submersable heater into the reservoir.

4) remove 7 or so handfulls of geo-lite from the system and store it aside until after the incubation phase is completed.

5) remove additional geo-lite (temporarily) in order to load the jars into the upper tray so that the top of the jars are level with the top of the tray's edge.

6) add the geo-lite back into the pod so that the jars are buried up to their lids under the geo-lite surface and add dome lid onto unit.

7) wrap black plastic bag over unit and a blanket over that (for insulation).

8) plug in heater and turn on pump so that it runs 24/7.

That's it! It works very well this way. It has been tested and proven and I recommend it to anyone who is interested. Like I mentioned, I plan to offer an upgrade that will essentially offer the same thing. The only difference would be in the custom insulated pod cover that I hope to have available.

Anyway... I guess I should also apologize for making the rest of my first post a spam! I wanted to offer the appropriate info related to the subject, but since it is my "product" it's difficult not to "spam" it or to appear as tho I am spamming it. I don't mean to spam up your board here, so I do apologize for that.

If you guys have questions that you think I can answer for you, go ahead and contact me... don't be shy. This way I can keep the spamming off the boards altogether.


By Sparks (Sparks) on Thursday, December 13, 2001 - 10:31 pm:

Has anybody used the the Hydro-pod at The ideal of how automatic it is makes me wonder but I do like the simplistic design, thanks Sparks

By Homer Simpson (Potxob) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 02:06 am:

The Hydrapod works very well.It is Ideal for people who use cake-style methods.Perhaps the best thing about the pod is the user support forum.Here is the link Peace.

By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 02:20 am:

I'm not saying it doesn't work or anything, but that thing is awfully expensive.

And how many cakes can you do in that thing at once?

Like 5?

No thank you.

By Homer Simpson (Potxob) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 02:27 am:

Actually,it fits 7.Like I said,one great feature is the Hydrapod forum,lot's of tek's and other neat stuff.If you can't afford it,that's cool.It definitely isn't for everyone.

By Brettiejams (Brettiejams) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 02:50 am:

Hey man, that's cool.

It sounds like you have one, and if it was worth it to you, it was definitely worth it.

Although, I can't imagine you could find any info on that support forum than you can't find here.

I just wouldn't spend My hard earned(subjective term) cash on it.

It's ALL good though.

By Cragith Kilbonith (Kilborn) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 03:11 am:

or you can make one your self for 1/3 of the cost :)

By patoban (Patoban) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 06:30 am:

anyone know what those ball things are in the bottom of the terr.?

By Homer Simpson (Potxob) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 07:13 am:

cocoa-puffs.........just kidding,It's Geo-lite.

By jared (Jared112) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 07:21 am:

I could make something a lot more practicle for under $20

By relic (Relic) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 07:53 am:

i've worried about the geolite being a breeding grounds for contams w/ the hydro-bucket

By Imok Urok2 (Imok) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 07:59 am:

But what is Geo-lite?
What is it made of?
Can you get it by itself?
(sounds like it does the same thing as perlite)
The Hydro-pod sounds like it is a good stand-alone system.
It would have a drawback in a multi-box system.
I have seen discussed, on this board, a better solution for that.
(sorry, forget who explained it, used a box to feed/control atmosphere
to other boxes).
The advantage the Hydro-pod has is that it feeds the cake moisture that
is lost during shroom development (by an ebb/flow pump system).
An idea presented on this board was to wick moisture up thru a
cloth, that the cake sets on, whos end is submerged in water below.
I have also read here that sometimes the mycellia grows into the perlite.
I wonder how the Geo-Lite overcomes this?
Otherwise, you would have to clean it with each batch (I would think).
Just wondering :)

By relic (Relic) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 08:17 am:

i think geo-lite is a synthetic/ceramic lava rock. i really don't know though. it is used in hydroponic growing systems. i have seen pictures of hydropods with the mycellia spreading over the geo-lite. surely it would need to be cleaned, boiled, whatever. not as messy as perlite though.

By Imok Urok2 (Imok) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 08:32 am:

Consistancy of the rock seems to be even (like a bunch of peas piled up).
Probably the price of the perlite would be less.
The plus would be the air gaps between each (they seem to stack nicely).
Aids in the circulation of the water in the ebb/flow system.
I like the bucket concept.
Saw the same bucket for a stand-alone hydro grow op advertised for bud :)

By Homer Simpson (Potxob) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 08:42 am:

Geo-lite is 10 times easier to work with than perlite.After 3-4 flushes,you simply rinse in the sink with a water/bleach dilute.I have never had any contams in my pods.

By jim brown (Shrhobbyist) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 09:31 am:

I don't looks a lot like a bucket I own. And Perlite is real easy to work with. It can be sterilized as easy as that stuff. I have deduced that kits like these are generally frowned upon for a reason. I think they are designed for those who have yet to realize that this is not too complicated a hobby.

By Imok Urok2 (Imok) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 11:39 am:

I found on the web that Geo-Lite is recomended in bottom fed ebb-flow systems,
where perlite is recomended for top drip systems.

By Sparks (Sparks) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 01:21 pm:

Homer Simpson how many times have you used your hydropod? My job keeps me out of town for several days at a time and it is hard to try to devote time to fanning and misting shrooms when I am not here. This would solve my biggest problem with doing this regulary.

Does anybody know of how these things can be built cheaper. It is a little expensive but might be worth it since I am not a great builder of these things, thanks

By Homer Simpson (Potxob) on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 05:36 pm:

Well,I actually have three pods,and I think it's been three months since I got my first.I grow on perlite as well.You NEVER have to fan your fruits in the pod.I have a bad back,so for me that's a real plus.The truth is the pod is a neat device that works extremely well.I have NEVER heard anyone say that the pod doesn't work.The only complaint I ever hear is about the price,and the importance of that differs among individuals.I strongly suggest that eveyone visit the Hydrapod users forum,so you can see pictures of the pod in action.Here is the addy for the forum:

By Mrt (Mrt) on Monday, December 17, 2001 - 08:10 am:

Homer-> What have your average yields ( per flush) been with your pod?

By Homer Simpson (Potxob) on Saturday, December 22, 2001 - 02:11 am:

Umm,I can't say for sure because I don't own a scale,but I grow on perlite and the yield is significantly higher in the pod than the ones on perlite.The cakes in the pod have on average Id say 4 times as many pins as the cakes on perlite.On perlite,the pins mostly grow from the bottom of the cakes,while the cakes in the pod tend to pin all over the surface of the cake.

By Mike Damarius (Catcher84) on Sunday, December 23, 2001 - 08:18 am:

Has anyone used myco-tek spores, is the company reputable in that aspect?

By Homer Simpson (Potxob) on Friday, December 28, 2001 - 12:22 pm:

I believe Myco-Tek spores are provided by Ralphster. He has a solid rep..