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  1. Ok, so I need some assistance. In the past I helped a friend with his cultivation and picked up some great tips and tricks along the way. Here I am 7 years later and I am starting up my own cultivation and experiments. So far I have crafted a glove box out of a clear, weatherproof tote that worked very well for the inoculation process. I have also designed and created an incubation chamber out of an ice chest, a reptile heating pad, and an on/off thermometer switch. It's working great and I am currently two weeks past inoculation with amazing and beautifully healthy mycelium. I've broken it up twice already (it's on grain spawn) but I think I will need to do this more often, the second time was fairly difficult to break up. Moving on to why I am posting this in the first place..... I have uploaded a picture here. It's a crude drawing on paint but I think it is fairly comprehensible. Basically I designed this fruiting chamber off some similar work I did with my buddy 7 years ago and wanted to run it past the minds on this board to see what you all think, and what could be improved. The idea here is that once I swap to my bulk sub (coco+verm) in a Sterilite 6qt. "shoebox" and it is fully inoculated I will place the box into the fruiting chamber (a larger Sterilite) and from there it should be pretty much automated until it's time to harvest. I'll have four of these fruiting chamber total to start, but there is one air pump and fogger for every two chambers, hence the drawing. Before you ask why the 4 chambers as opposed to one or two monotubs there are several reasons. One is space, this setup fits into my closet much nicer than the larger tubs. Second is quality, if there is an issue with one for any reason I can toss it and still have the others. Third is experimentation, this will allow me to try different subs at the same time on the same strains for a side-by-side comparison. Last is quantity, I can cultivate different stains at the same time or rotate them in a manner that allows for near constant harvesting if done properly. The airpump and fogger/mister are hooked up to the same power supply, which will be kicked on and off either by a timer or by a hydrometer placed inside one of the chambers for FAE and humidity. This way I can either use a timer to kick on the automated FAE several times a day or set the hydrometer to something like 100% humidity which will kick on when it drops below that. Whether or not to go with a timer or a hydrometer is one thing I would like to answer here with your help. The fogger/mister water will likely have about a cap full of hydrogen peroxide just to help cut down on any possible contams. The air from the pump will be fed into the fogger/mister pot and will in turn feed the humidified air from there into the fruiting chambers. The 6qt. "shoebox" will be raised off the floor of the fruiting chamber, this should allow the CO2 to sink to the bottom of the chamber and be expelled through a one-way valve whenever the airpump/fogger/FAE system kicks on. So, thoughts? Critiques? Wanna tell me how stupid this is? Or is it brilliant? Kinda piecing it together from memory of when I helped my buddy as well as some modification from my own thoughts. His setup worked great so I know something like this is doable...... well?
  2. hey there everyone, I'll just start out with a little preface: - I'm a complete newb to mycology (even consuming) and am mainly interested in this as a hobby - my background is in technology; software, electrical design, custom circuit boards, robotics, mechanical designs and prototyping, etc A friend of mine asked if i could help him build a system to maximize/standardize growing for consistent and big yield results with a minimum of human intervention. There's definitely lots of ways I can accomplish that, but there's some parts of the puzzle I'm missing. I have done quite a lot of reading so far about bulk and shotgun methods of grow chambers, and that got me thinking about some of the things I'd like to build into an automated fruiting chamber. I'm hoping you, as an experienced community, can give me feedback on what parts of that concept can work, what's unnecessary, and what's dumb and should be avoided. planned automation features: NodeMCU (ESP32 or ESP8266) units for each chamber, featuring air temp/humidity sensor (DHT22), and soil/substrate temp/moisture sensors (D18S20 / ADC comparative circuit), as well as environmental control units. Environmental control will be effectuated with: Peltier TEP on the air intake. Applying voltage causes air to be either heated or chilled depending on the polarity Piezoelectric transducer for vaporizing water in the case that humidity drops PWM controlled LED lights for fruiting stage (not sure what wavelength to use yet) Intake/outlet fans controlled on the a schedule by host server over MQTT with activated charcoal sheeting to address any escaping odors MQTT Enabled host server (Raspberry Pi or other cheap SBC) for data acquisition and aggregation (this will be used to host a web interface displaying sensor data and allow for manual control over environmental devices) Theoretically one rPi server could handle any number of these units physical construction plans: 1x 105qt sterilite tub outer chamber with polyester batting insulation and RTV silicone gasket seals 6x 12.9qt iris storage bins (they all fit when stacked 2x3) HEPA intake and outlet filters using 86889 filters, 120mm fans, and a 3d printed mount for the 105qt bins 50x10mm fans plus carbon filter sheeting for air circulation fans on the 12.9qt bins Let me know what you guys think!
  3. Hey just wanted to post a couple pictures of my auto fruiting chamber. Wanted to get some feedback, see what you guys think about it. It's my first attempt at anything like this. Before this I've only used mist and fan tek. Using a 80qt storage container. Hydroponic rocks instead of perlite. A second container with air stone and mister Got it hooked up to a timer set for every six hours to mist. The air pump is on always. Temp is around 72-81 and rh is always 99 Doing a test run now, wanna do a comparison between this and the mist and fan tek. See if it will perform less just as good or better. Got a tub in there an I have another tub outside doing a mist and fan tek with that. 20151023_002711.mp4
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