Definitely start on agar. If you choose to go LC after that see Asura’s thread. See it anyway really. https://mycotopia.ne...lus-cyanescens/
Substrate of choice is horse manure and straw and maybe vermiculite.
Monotubs have different designs. There are 4 important factors to getting pans to fruit: temperature 75F-79F 77F is the sweet spot, moist casing (you don’t want the casing, which is very very thin, to get very dry), EVAPORATION is what causes pans to pin so you have to keep the casing moist while allowing moisture to evaporate from the surface, and finally FAE. You want all the fresh air you can manage while still doing the other things and keeping the humidity relatively high. Yoshitrainer has a great little FC design he uses also with a lot of success.
In practice pans can handle much lower RH than cubes before they stress and even more before they die. They can also deal with very wet subs IF they are allowed plenty of evaporation. You ll have to fan a lot or do something like crack the lid and have a fan stirring the air or modify a tub that lets air transfer.
If it were me I’d at least build a Shadowbox https://mycotopia.ne...-grow-tutorial/
Definitely come join us in the “official” pan thread for the best answers from the people that grow know what they are talking about. I’m not one of those people, but I pretend to be on the internet! https://mycotopia.ne...naeolus-thread/
EDIT: for completeness’s sake, here is my fast a dirty way to grow pans, but I have an automated setup. https://mycotopia.ne...ns-for-dummies/
And this is JOC who is a master like Asura and he has a lot to say about fruiting chambers etc here. I am definitely not on those guys level. https://mycotopia.ne...58-joc-pan-tek/
In fact I kind suck at it which is why I wrote up my process that finally worked for me just to give people something maybe less intimidating and less technical.
Edited by Jrotten, 23 April 2021 - 05:21 PM.