I made a post about this already but thought I could get more input in starting a thread. Being the engineer that I am I've decided to make an attempt at a fully automated fruiting chamber and would like some input. To start off. I have all of this set up in a crawl space in my house that is kept at a constant 70 degrees by a space heater. I have a large 110 qt tub that has only 5 holes cut in it.
First is for the hydrotherm. I have one of these for my snakes terrarium and it works great thats why I decided to get another one for this. The second hole is for a fogger that I plug into the hydrotherm so whenever the humidity gets lower than 90 in automatically kicks on and fogs the chamber, I also have a heating pad plugged into the hydrotherm so whenever the temp goes below 75 it kicks the heating pad on. I basically treated this exactly like my snakes tank. I have a analog humidity gage and thermometer as well because I have found that you usually have to set the hydrotherm off a little from what you want to get the right humidity.
The third hole is for a 24/7 aquarium air pump that is running through a hydroponic humidifier/filter so there is a constant supply of fresh air. The last 2 holes are for air circulation. Because I felt that just an aquarium air pump probably wouldn't get the job completely done, I bolted a computer fan blowing in through a filter on one side and about a 6 in by 6 in hole, with a fitler duct taped over it, on the other side to allow air to escape and push the co2 out. I have this fan set up on a timer to kick on for 1 hour every 6 hours. I let it on for an hour because the plug I used for it is only 6v so its running at half its capacity and its losing some of its force blowing through the filter.
I then also have 2 LED lights. one 3000K yellow light spectrum and one 6000K blue light spectrum. I just got the blue light spectrum to help give it more of a full spectrum of light. I keep a towel over the top of my chamber so I don't burn the mycelium But the ambient light can still seep in through the sides. they both kick on at the same time for a 12/12 cycle.
I keep the bottom lined with pearlite about 1 1/2 in think to help maintain humidity. The fogger is kind of just back up, and thats basically it. I still catch myself checking on it just as often as I would a non automated system but thats just habit. Like I said though, this has been my first attempt at a fully automated system, and I am pretty proud of it. If anyone has any pointers please let me know. I am open to all suggestions! After all isn't discussion why we're here?
Edited by Marleyahu, 13 November 2017 - 04:01 PM.