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In praise of mini trays [ziplock sandwich containers]


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#1 golly

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 01:24 PM

There's some things i'm really liking about these ziplock sandwich containers..
Easy to store, sanitize, move around, dunk and see the progress of mycelium..

These little guys seem to produce very well for the amount of substrate they hold..
Also convenient for comparing different methods and formulas for growing.

The isolation of contaminants is easier, as you can see everything +loosing one tray has no effect on the rest..
There are a few shrooms that grow in the tray bottom but its simple to just pop the cake out and pick em..

Here's some multispore GT from yesterday...

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 01:33 PM

Very nice Golly. :bow: I like using small trays as well. Not quite as small as those, but close.

It sucks when you make a huge tray and a spot of the green gets in. Like you said, with more smaller trays contamination is easily isolated.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 01:38 PM

gotta agree with ya. besides, the yields from those big old trays ar just too much to handle for the personal cultivator imo

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 02:09 PM

may I ask what substrate is being used in those small trays?

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 02:17 PM

No invitro problems?

#6 spacecake

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 02:18 PM

That's a awesome flush Golly ! :bow:

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#7 Tahoe58

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 02:23 PM

awesome job man.....I am sort of moving down that same path....and for personal cultivation purposes....very adequate. Good luck!:cool:

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 02:49 PM

Thnx...
These were BRF cake crumbled and mixed with coir/verm...

The ones pictured below [SA multispore] from my previous grow were mixed with horse poop...
Roc..what do u mean by invitro problems..?

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 03:16 PM

i like using those containers too. i paint the outside w/ black spray paint made for plasic. they also have a line of those trays made for bakeing in the oven that comes in black but i think they are a little more expensive.

i never ever got any of my trays to flush like that!!! thats very impressive! i am in awe!:bow:

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 03:47 PM

Golly I would think you would get mushy on sides and bottom... thats why I am still using these trays...

I get 3-4 flushes and really watch out for stuff on the sides and don't want to dig stuff out between flushs.

The black paint idea seems like it would still let light in.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 03:54 PM

Very nice

FOAF uses those containers to dunk her cakes

#12 reverend trips

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 04:23 PM

You make it look so easy Golly! I can't get over how dense of a pinset you get with multispore, amazing!

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 04:49 PM

GT's are beautiful!

#14 golly

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 04:50 PM

I thought the clear plastic would be a problem at first too...

It's very easy to harvest the bottom feeders by submerging the tray in a pot of water after cleaning off the topside harvest - the cake just floats up
out of the container and they are easily picked off ...Pop er back in and wait for round 2.. ..There really aren't many that grow down there...

Being able to see the mycelium grow, out weighs the minor effort of harvesting imo...Did you ever wonder what the hells going on under that casing layer..heh...it's re-assuring to see that all is well ...

There are two things i do differently that i believe helps with the pin set..

First, these trays have drainage holes so i dont have to be all cautious with the amount of watering..
Also i dont use a sprayer to hydrate ,but rather a squeezable plastic bottle
with a narrow tube glued into the lid..I just dribble the water gently but liberally. ..The excess drains out...

As the sub approaches pinning time i increase the amount of water and
continue as the mushies are developing ..Dribbling the water will not cause aborts at any stage, like spraying seems to...I quit watering before the caps open...

#15 golly

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 05:01 PM

Yep..i love the speckled caps too...

Here's the water bottle - originally an Alcohol container...

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 05:04 PM

id like to mention that the 'dribble' method works well. foaf just used a large syringe to get the job done

#17 roc

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 05:46 PM

Thx for sharin Golly... I sometimes do get a suprise on the underside!
I don't alway pop and dunk but on a dry casing I have been known to pull out a syringe without the needle and rehydrate... similiar to the dribble thing. Not many aborts that away.

#18 StroFun

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 06:19 PM

Hey thanks for sharing your great pics!

#19 Tahoe58

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 06:36 PM

Thnx...
These were BRF cake crumbled and mixed with coir/verm...


thats what I have too, may I pray to be so fortunate to have a flush like those....(except I used rye flour.....)

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:23 PM

I never understood why misting a pinning casing would cause aborts. Growing invitro you have fruits that are costricted to the point they get deformed inside glass that has condensation on it. I've also seen shrooms have to push thier way through wet plastic and come out just fine. Seems strange how a light mist would do that to a pin.

Is it because the water may be a few degrees different in a spray bottle that shocks them a little that makes them abort?




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