Giving them water when they really need it (timing) is what will get almost all those pins to fruit to maturity. That's why it works well right around the time your cake is looking like there.. too much water earlier than that can stunt pins by waterlogging the cake. And if you think the cake is heavy enough or that it isn't soaking up anymore water, you just empty the saucer.
I got the same effect with my cakes by using an usually thick top verm layer that I watered slowly over time (actually did that instead of dunking because I liked the idea of air being involved during the post birth hydration), but with what you have going on with that cake where the pinning is happening on top, you wouldn't want to water that layer; that's where bottom watering comes in.
Lookin' good, btw!
Many thanks Faht!
I may be doing exactly what you recommend both here and w/ the 2 cakes I misdiagnosed as trich'd and isolated into plastic togo container FC's.
Perhaps I should explain the FC you see in the pics.
It's a SGFC but w/ no breather holes up top.
I'd read about using an aquarium pump to keep up humidity up while always furnishing constant fresh air and thought it the best design to keep things moist and breathing should life keep me from 4-5X's a day mist/fanning.
It has 2 X 12" airstones under the perlite that are on 24/7 fed by a Fusion 400 (up to 40 gallons and 4 devices ~4CFM).
The water level is up to about 1/2" from the top of the perlite (and less as time goes on w/ misting).
I don't have the best luck w/ verm sticking to the cake sides during visits to Duncan Rohl so I make sure I sandwich top/bottom w/ a THICK verm layer (@ least 1/2"+) when I go to set them on the CDs.
The reason I liked the CD idea so much is the hole in the center of them. My thinking (and it may be totally wrong) is that it allows the thick bottom verm layer to wick moisture from the perlite while still letting air exchange happen and any standing water to drain and not waterlog the cake.
The aquarium pump addition was for constant FAE coming from below and causing constant humid air turbulence so CO2 can't blanket the cakes and stall them out. There are no breather holes in the tote as I hope I'm pumping enough air in that it just bleeds out of the loose fitting lid up top.
I still mist and fan @ least 3X's a day, but should something come up I'm not as worried about cakes suffering for it.
The Isolation togos are the type w/ a center rises about 1/16" above the outer ring that keeps the cake from sitting in standing water w/ verm making a nice wick from the outside ring to under the cake.
I pour 2-3cc of water into the top verm layer every other day to keep it hydrated and fan 2X a day.
The 1/2pt. isolate has thrown off ~5 boomers but the 1/4pt. is just sitting there (although I've started to gather the extra verm around the cake base and "bank" it in hopes of fruiting.
I'm going to give them a few more days to see how they do. If they don't, I have more cakes I 'nocced 3 days ago that should be able to replace any that stall out (which will go to the compost pile and probably fruit there. They did last time.
Time will tell whether the CD thing wicks enough or if I should follow your fine advice.
Thanks for chiming in and I will do as you say next run should things "go south".
It seems some cakes are really aggressive and have colonized the outer verm layer to form "air conks". I think this is a strain dependent thing (I'm guessing these are the SA's since it's my first run of them and the previous run didn't display this type of behavior).
None of these cakes have fruited yet and I'm anxious to see what pops up. ;)
Thanks again Faht!
Edited by shoomer, 14 March 2017 - 07:56 AM.