2 liter terrarium?

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By nick waters (Nickobod) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 01:18 am:

I'm on a really tight budget right now, and am thinking about using 2 liter pop bottles for my terrarium. I was just curious if this was an acceptable means for fruiting mushrooms, or if it would result in failure.

By Cbee (Cbee) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 01:43 am:

check out the poor mans terrarium on shroomery.org i think or it might be here in archives, tells you how to do it... it used a 2 liter, basically i can give you a run down, but i think the official tek has pics and shit. First cut the bottle where the label is, or cut that part out, so make a mini bottle... you know how the bottle goes flat where the label it? ok so thats gone now and then attach the top part and bottom. tape it up with duct tape. I dont think it uses perlite or anything, just mist abit and fan everyday, 2-3x i believe is what the tek says. The volume of the bottle is so small it only takes one cake, but i guess you could have 12 bottles for 12 cakes.. well check out the archives, or check the shroomery for that tek.. I know its around

By Lichen (Lichen) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 01:48 am:

your main concerns are twofold:
2)air exchange

As long as your 'mini-terrerium' has a good enough seal to keep the humidity in, and you open it up and let fresh air in a couple time a day, you'll be fine. I assume you're fruiting cakes, and that you are, perhaps, (forgive me) living @home with parents. Yes? If so, maybe your best bet would be the 'neglect' tek, or Quote Tek. Just leave the jars alone until the shrooms grow right in the jars...they come out all twisted, but they're potent as can be :0) Am I right?

By nuecrew (Nue) on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 05:22 pm:

Nickobod, I understand your predicament. For 5 dollars brand new at like a home depot you can get 5 gallon plastic buckets or free if you know where to look. If you put the shrooms in the bottom of the bucket with one of those plastic covers the deli's use to cover sandwich trays, donut trays, etc. over the top you really wouldn't need a drip shield. You could spray the sides carefully(no big drops on the cakes) and achieve 100%Rh in minutes. If you found the bucket for free you could get the top for about a buck.

By jim brown (Shrhobbyist) on Sunday, November 25, 2001 - 08:20 am:

I like to do cakes in Quart jars when doing it invitro. It beats the hell out of the 2-liter as far as getting at the cake. You can leave the cake in the jar it grew in but if you want a more presentable shroom, I recommend a quart jar over a 2-liter.