What is "New Moon" ???
"New Moon" was invented a few years ago before I came to Earth's Tongue LLC. It is a formula that I used in labs to help keep master cultures and spores alive in a sterile environment for longer periods of time, preventing other molds and bacteria.
Remember that even sterile hermetically sealed containers/media/bags/medical equipment and tools have an expiration date which means they are no longer sterile after that date. Lab professionals know that even the most sterile procedures in making a culture will eventually create bacteria. If a culture starts producing primordia the primordia produce bacteria, its just science. Well where does the bacteria come from?? It is created..."Life finds a way"
After years of working in labs transferring and re-invigorating cultures and at times dealing with contamination issues when I could less expect them or want them, I decided to create some kind of contaminant resistant liquid media to store cultures and spores in for prolonged use. Now I'll go ahead and make it clear here that this does not mean that our "old school" style of spore syringes have a risk of getting to you contaminated. Absolutely not. All our spores are covered under our 100% guarantee, and you have an option of still picking the "old school" spores for those of you that have grown to love our old school syringes.
After testing different things, the "New Moon" concept came about.
Containing 5 key ingredients (not including spores).
About 99.9% organic and all lab grade ingredients that help stimulate and not harm, this formula can keep the spores sterile for a much longer period of time. In some rigorous tests I found that a "New Moon" syringe can actually be completely opened by pulling the plunger out the back, dumped in a kitchen bowl under a non-sterile environment and then poured back into the syringe and re-plugged and used without contaminants appearing on the substrate. (Do not attempt) At that point I decided to patent the concept and have been using it since on my own spore and culture syringes.
I have recently read in forums by skeptics that this is just a Gimmick or a Trick to make people think that they are getting more spores. This is Untrue. Humans often criticize what they cannot understand.
The "New Moon" has always been sold as a contaminant resistant spore syringe. Does it work? Yes, yes it does. Just ask people who have actually bought one.
*This does not mean that you can get lazy or clumsy with you sterile procedures!* It's just a safeguard!
Now, as far as costs go, A "New Moon" syringe is more than 3 times as expensive to make as a regular spore syringe. Time involved in preparation and in the making process of the "New Moon" is about 5 times that of regular spore syringes.
So why do we sell them at the same price?... Well, To have the best spore syringes out there at an affordable price. Now based on other lab-work that I've done and charged for, I could reasonably price a "New Moon" spore syringe for as much as $75. Not for the spores (because the spores are cheap) but for the syringe itself and the ingredients. We sell them for the same price as our old school syringe. Originally thought as an introductory price only. Its popularity soon blew up and I decided to keep it at that extremely low price.
OTHER QUALITIES NOTICED:
*FASTER GERMINATION TIMES
*FASTER COLONIZATION TIMES
*HELPS PREVENT FOREIGN MOLDS AND BACTERIA ON SUBSTRATES AT INOCULATION SITES EVEN BEFORE MYCELIUM BEGINS TO GROW
*HELPS PREVENT BACK CONTAMINATION OF THE SYRINGE BEFORE AND AFTER USE, GREAT FOR STORE-ABILITY
*MYCELIUM TENDS TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE AND LAST LONGER IN ITS VITALITY - ENCOURAGES HEALTHY GROWTH!
*CULTURES AND SPORES STORED IN "NEW MOON" SOLUTION OR MEDIA ALWAYS OUTLAST ANY OTHER MEDIAS OR SOLUTIONS
So why is it called "New Moon"? Because of its radical change after you shake it. It turns completely black. So much so that no light can pass through it even if you hold it up to a light bulb. Just like our moon gets when it goes from full and bright to the new moon which is completely invisible in darkness.
...And as far as some other vendors hating on the "New Moon" concept. All I can say is don't hate just cause I thought about it first and it works. Lol.
NEW MOON SPORE SYRINGES ARE HARDLY SUITED FOR BRIGHT-FIELD MICROSCOPY DUE TO ITS DARKNESS BUT CAN BE DILUTED DOWN TO DO SO.
THIS IS WHAT A JAR WOULD LOOK LIKE AFTER INOCULATION WITH A NEW MOON SYRINGE.
Picture taken by a member at the shroomery on Shroomery.org
Our "Old School - Lava" Spore Syringes.
Our Lava style spore syringe is something I also slowly implemented into Earth's Tongue llc since I've been here starting in 2007. The concept is to make the spores more stable under temperature changes. There is no option to actually pick this type of spore syringe in the spores page but you might get this one if you order our "old school" type of spore syringe. This spore syringe is more expensive to make than our regular "old school" and some safeguards towards bacterial infections are also built into the syringe as well. This type of spore syringe can withstand close to freezing temperatures without the spores dying as well as hotter climates without the spores dying. Organic minerals are added to this formula.
So why is it called "Lava"?
Because of the effect it creates when you move it or spin it kind of like a lava lamp due to the consistency of the liquid.
OLD SCHOOL SPORE SYRINGES ARE GREAT FOR BRIGHT-FIELD MICROSCOPY
A FREEZABLE SPORE SYRINGE?
That is correct. I have developed the world's first deep freezable spore syringe. We have run into problems in the past during winter seasons shipping to places where temperatures reach freezing and even sub zero weather and of course customers are worried about their spores freezing before they get them. If spores completely freeze they usually die or lose vitality in the least. This super concentrated formula will stabilize the many many millions of spores during sub zero weather preventing it from freezing even if stored for years and years in a deep freezer. This is also useful to help prevent spore degradation after time and will also prevent any spore germination if kept in freezing environment for years and years and years. We recently tested a deep freeze syringe that had been in a deep freezer COMPLETELY frozen at the lowest temperature possible in the box freezer for 3 years. All we used was a few drops of the solution and we had germination at room temp after only 7 days! No other spore solution in the world even comes close!
The great thing is that "Deep Freeze" syringes also withstand crazy amounts of HEAT! If you live in a HOT HOT area of the world where temps easily reach past 100F you wouldn't have to worry about your spores getting destroyed during shipping or even sitting in a hot mailbox for hours. Recent test have shown spores showed no degradation even after temps of 120F !!! We will continue to raise the heat and see how far we can push this and update with more info. AGAIN, no other spore solution in the world can claim that!
This spore syringe is optional and it comes in a 3 ml super spore concentrated syringe.
Also included is a 10cc sterile water syringe for optional injection site dilution.
TO USE: ALL YOU NEED IS A DROP. Then, to help spread the spore concentration and for best results, you can use a syringe filled with distilled water and inoculate with just sterile water at the exact place you left the spore concentrate and the spores will spread everywhere the water goes. Best results if you push hard on the water containing syringe plunger to really spread the spores everywhere.
"DEEP FREEZE" SPORE SYRINGES ARE GREAT FOR BRIGHTFIELD MICROSCOPY