Coco fiber

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By Joe Mamma (Madscientist) on Monday, December 31, 2001 - 07:57 pm:

I found what I think is coco fiber or coir at a pet store. It looks like it, its in a brick and says that it hold water very well. Expand 7 to 8 tmes its size. It says that it is all organic. Sound like the stuff? I have read that the pet version of this can be coated with Trich. Was thinking of mixing 50 coco and 50 vermiculite then adding water, letting it sit for a couple hours then heating at 300-degrees for two hours, cool, then case. Sound good to you.

By quote: (Quote) on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 12:13 am:

i'd pc it if it might have trich.
hell, i prolly wouldn't even use it,
get the gro-brick brand for best results.

By Joe Mamma (Madscientist) on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 01:10 am:

Well the thing is that I don't really know that it has Trich. I read somewhere on this site that some coco has trich in it. I don't think that it does because it says "all organic". Usually all organic means no additives of any kind. I wouldn't think that it has trich in it by the manufacturer because then when it was in my terrarium with my snake then I would have Trich growing on it. My snakes terrarium is not the most sterile place.

By quote: (Quote) on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 03:00 pm:

on the other hand, you don't really know that it doesn't have trich.
i'd still pc it if it's not 'Gro-brick' brand, to be safe.
never assume, remember ?

By ion ewe (Ion) on Wednesday, January 02, 2002 - 02:36 am:

Umm... don't ruin your pressure cooker. Use a turkey-size oven bag in your oven. Moisten the brick as directed, break it up, dump it in the bag, and put it in a pan. Seal the bag by rolling up some cotton balls in gauze and putting the tie around this wad in the top of the bag. It's a crude filter, but your bag won't pop in the oven. Bake for an hour in a preheated oven at 350 F. Let it cool completely while still in the oven. I've seen many an oven sterilizing technique that neglects to mention this important step. It's just simple thermal dynamics. you don't want the hot gases to compress in a dirty environment because they will suck in dirty outside air. The filter isn't that good.


By quote: (Quote) on Wednesday, January 02, 2002 - 02:55 am:

pc'ing coir isn't going to ruin anyone's pressure cooker.
we are assuming folks are intelligent enough not to put it in there loose, afterall.
put it in a pillowcase, etc. and it'll be fine.

By Fishy1 (Fishy1) on Wednesday, January 02, 2002 - 03:02 am:

I have even moistened it and wrapped in HD foil like a meatloaf. Worked great.

By ion ewe (Ion) on Friday, January 04, 2002 - 06:50 am:

Oh. I suppose I always assume the worst case scenario, considering some of these growing reports we hear on the forum. Didn't mean to imply that one shouldn't PC at all... it's just a bigger pain in the ass than baking if you want to do it right. And coir can burn if it's too close to direct heat... gotta warn about the possible problems, guys.