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    styrofoam instead of perlite??

    i was wondering if styrofoam will work to replace perlite considering that ive been looking online and in stores for perlite and havent found it without any nutrients under 30$.

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    that's funny because andrew's shop (flytrapshop.com) has perlite. but being beside the point, did you search through the forums? because i think i've seen a thread on this very topic already. too lazy to find it though. i think the overall response was that styrofoam can be a substitute for perlite because of its light consistency and inert nature.
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    yea i saw it but for that little amount of perlite (sharing with my little cousin) i dont think it would last very long considering the price. im currently unemployed so yes im being very cheap. i was just wondering if the styrofoam's chemicals would be released into the moss when watered or just by the heat?...basically is it safe for the plant?

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    I would suggest just to pay for the perlite and not use styrofoam. I do not have any experience with styrofoam and peat mixed together but what I do know is that styrofoam is made of polystyrene- a petrolium based plastic. I think petrolium mixed with your CP's is a bad combination. Also, you have to think you will be leaving that mixture in your plants for at least 1 year. I think the styrofoam might leak out. This is just my opinion.
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    i just want something to aeriate the roots efficiently temporarily.

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    go ahead, i have used styro peanuts as the drainage layer in dart frog tanks.....no issues......well so long as tou hit them with water and make sure you dont have the biodegradable ones......
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    @jag wouldnt there be little to no problem considering the styrofoam isnt biodegradeable to begin with?

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    i no longer need to replace perlite seeing as i just found a local vendor. itd still be nice to know what others think about using styrofoam. because im sure any new people might wonder the same thing on the duck basis.

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    Like I said those were just my opinions and had no facts to it but you do have a good point. This is a good question that I am not just throwing out. Time to experiment!!
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