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Advice needed. 1 pt BRF cake and coir "micro tubs".


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#1 jrh

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Posted 29 December 2020 - 09:33 AM

I have 2 "micro tubs" (?) that were made from BRF cakes and coir. The BRF cakes were not dunked, just mixed with straight coir that was hydrated to field capacity. They've been colonizing for 10 days (foil on top with slits covered with micropore tape) and today I opened them up and this is what I have.

 

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They seem bone dry to me. One has a good mushroom smell. The other is neutral, maybe it's too dry to have much of a smell?

 

I don't know if that's cobweb mold on top or cube mycelium.

 

I'm not sure if or how I should hydrate these.

 

I'm not sure if I should case and if so what to use.

 

Any/all advice is appreciated.

 

PS My coir is very wiry, not soil-like at all. This is what I used. Is there a different coir that would be better?

 

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#2 Kronos

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Posted 29 December 2020 - 01:23 PM

What Is Cobweb Mold And How To Get Rid Of It? (affordableremediation.com)

 

That looks like cobweb mold IMO.

 

I do my substrate in glass and keep them in the dark. This way you can identify the Myc growth, which would give you a positive ID on the cobweb as you could see if the Myc is growing underneath.

 

I would expect to see more Myc growth on the substrate, most of this growth looks like its resting on top.


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#3 jrh

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Posted 29 December 2020 - 03:13 PM

Oops, I wasn't very clear.

 

These were made with colonized BRF cakes and coir. This is what the bottom looks like

 

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That having been said, I'm still not sure whether the top is cobweb or good mycelium. 


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Posted 29 December 2020 - 04:45 PM

Doesn’t look like cobweb to me, they look fine. How do they feel? Light like a dry sponge or is there weight to it? I would just give it a good mist on top make sure to maintain humidity in the fc.
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Posted 29 December 2020 - 05:52 PM

They were surprisingly light when I turned them out of the bowls.

 

Since I have 2, I decided to case one in Jiffy mix and leave the other as is and see what happens.



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Posted 29 December 2020 - 10:57 PM

I’ve got two small tubs that are in fruiting now and looked a lot like that. These are PE, brown rice, coir/verm. I also noticed on mine that there was a neutral smell or no smell, not what I expected. I decided to let mine continue and today it looks like there may be hyphal knots. I’ve been getting lots on contamination lately so I’m curious how these tubs finish off.
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Posted 29 December 2020 - 11:01 PM

As soon as they got wet, I got that good mushroom smell. Good vibes to both of us!
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Posted 30 December 2020 - 06:37 AM

This is what it looks like the next day.

 

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The other one just looks like seed starter mix. :)






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