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Activated Charcoal -using it in terrarium

#1 User is offline   ginkonut 

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 10:46 AM

Hello All,

Can anyone advise what is Activated charcoal?

i am using it in Terrarium ...can those charcoal we use for BBQ do?

Any treatment of charcoal needed?

thanks in advance!

Ginko
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 11:55 AM

You can buy activated charcoal very cheaply at aquarium shops. Those are safer to use in your terrarium. BBQ charcoal are not activated and thus the porous level is very low.
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:46 PM

View PostLightbolt75, on Sep 30 2009, 11:55 AM, said:

You can buy activated charcoal very cheaply at aquarium shops. Those are safer to use in your terrarium. BBQ charcoal are not activated and thus the porous level is very low.


Oooh! so that's the difference...in the porosity..

thanks very much!

BTW, if you have any experience in creating an enclosed terrarium, please share with me.
i did one long long time ago...and it turned mouldy!!!! Zzzzzz
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:52 PM

View Postginkonut, on Sep 30 2009, 01:46 PM, said:

Oooh! so that's the difference...in the porosity..

thanks very much!

BTW, if you have any experience in creating an enclosed terrarium, please share with me.
i did one long long time ago...and it turned mouldy!!!! Zzzzzz


Hi ginkonut, Juniper has a beautiful terrarium,

http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/index....ic=19383&hl=
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 05:30 PM

View PostAbby Lim, on Sep 30 2009, 01:52 PM, said:

Hi ginkonut, Juniper has a beautiful terrarium,

http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/index....ic=19383&hl=


Hi Hi Abby,

Nice to hear from you again!

YESssssssss!!!!! i read to the entire thread when i was looking for more info on terrarium already.
They are very Pretty indeed.
However, not much info on the thread on creating it though. i am still reading up on some website.
if you have any simple website to reccommend, share with me ok?
like i mentioned earlier, my terrarium turned mouldy after some time...(i did one long long time ago) kekkekekek

thanks,
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 05:36 PM

Ginko,

if you use activated carbon, there is a risk that its not suitable for the plants. Activated carbon almost always have additives, depending on what the carbon is sold and used for. The additives could be acidic or salt and both could be harmful to your plants. Best if you use sand.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 06:44 PM

View Postscatterseed, on Sep 30 2009, 05:36 PM, said:

Ginko,

if you use activated carbon, there is a risk that its not suitable for the plants. Activated carbon almost always have additives, depending on what the carbon is sold and used for. The additives could be acidic or salt and both could be harmful to your plants. Best if you use sand.

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Hi Scatterseed,

is sand alone sufficicent? plus some potting mix?
if need to add potting mix..do you have any recommended brand/ type?

thanks,
Ginko
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 06:50 PM

View Postginkonut, on Sep 30 2009, 06:44 PM, said:

Hi Scatterseed,

is sand alone sufficicent? plus some potting mix?
if need to add potting mix..do you have any recommended brand/ type?

thanks,
Ginko

Sand alone definitely won't be sufficient because sand doesn't contain or bind any organic material together. Potting mix from any good brand would do. Actually, you should PM Juniper to ask for pointers. I just know a lot about charcoal. Family business.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 06:59 PM

View Postscatterseed, on Sep 30 2009, 06:50 PM, said:

Sand alone definitely won't be sufficient because sand doesn't contain or bind any organic material together. Potting mix from any good brand would do. Actually, you should PM Juniper to ask for pointers. I just know a lot about charcoal. Family business.

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Oh! yes, maybe i will just to that..PM her for pointers.

thanks again!
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 11:27 PM

Hi Ginko, me too, long long ago, for my girls Pri sch school charity sale (Pri 4?), did nearly 30 pots, dig into the re-circle bin for glass containers, even give out my mil's favour biscuit container for a big one to display in school. very simple one, use the hydro bits from OCH as base and top with potting mix from FEF and stick in some plants, the display unit still there on PSLE result day, the plants in there become leggy and messy with some moss grow in here. :hysterical:/>
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 01:43 AM

Those that you buy in aquarium shops are usually inert and quite safe to use. I even have a couple of packs in the fridge to help get rid of odours.
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 09:58 AM

View PostAbby Lim, on Sep 30 2009, 11:27 PM, said:

Hi Ginko, me too, long long ago, for my girls Pri sch school charity sale (Pri 4?), did nearly 30 pots, dig into the re-circle bin for glass containers, even give out my mil's favour biscuit container for a big one to display in school. very simple one, use the hydro bits from OCH as base and top with potting mix from FEF and stick in some plants, the display unit still there on PSLE result day, the plants in there become leggy and messy with some moss grow in here. :hysterical:/>


Hey Abby,

Good to know not only my first terrarium turned mouldy...or mossy.. :hysterical:/>

Recently there was this Hort Park Gardentech exhibition that i went, there was some company specialising in setting up terrarium there.
They organised a one -day course to make a terrarium. i didnt managed to do that.
But when i casually asked the staff there about the mould, she said that is because my drainage system is not done properly.. :unsure:/>
However, she did not elaborate and kept saying her company specialises in terrarium...so i was thinking maybe she is hinting i should attend the course or let the company do it at a fee.

that's why here i am...trying to look for answers..kekekkekeke.
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 10:06 AM

View Postginkonut, on Oct 1 2009, 09:58 AM, said:

Hey Abby,

Good to know not only my first terrarium turned mouldy...or mossy.. :hysterical:/>

Recently there was this Hort Park Gardentech exhibition that i went, there was some company specialising in setting up terrarium there.
They organised a one -day course to make a terrarium. i didnt managed to do that.
But when i casually asked the staff there about the mould, she said that is because my drainage system is not done properly.. :unsure:/>
However, she did not elaborate and kept saying her company specialises in terrarium...so i was thinking maybe she is hinting i should attend the course or let the company do it at a fee.

that's why here i am...trying to look for answers..kekekkekeke.


I like your spirit. DIY stuff is definitely better than paying someone to do it. The satisfaction and pride that follows... thats priceless.
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 01:16 PM

View Postscatterseed, on Oct 1 2009, 10:06 AM, said:

I like your spirit. DIY stuff is definitely better than paying someone to do it. The satisfaction and pride that follows... thats priceless.



Yes... this is from the gal who DIY-ed a whole b&**$% chandelier and a house like no other I've seen.
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 04:33 PM

I remember reading somewhere that activated charcoal used in the terrarium is to rid it of odour so that it does not smell, not so much for planting, so just a little bit of activated charcoal will do.
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 04:41 PM

Oh btw I am using expired carbon tablet that we consumed for stomach upset for my terrarium.
Just my idea, dun want to throw away my expired carbon tablet.
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Posted 04 December 2009 - 10:11 AM

that is a good idea.... you must consume a lot of carbon huh? :hysterical:/>
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