bsgospel: When I pull the rooted clones I pour about a gallon of well water with a quarter cup of bleach in it through the perlite and let it saturate the perlite and wicks for anywhere between an hour and a week - depends on when my stoner ass remembers to dump it out. I then separate the top and bottom like in the second picture in my first post above and let the whole thing air dry until needed again. The perlite in the cloner now has been through three previous runs of cannabis clones and a run of hibiscus and cigar butterfly plant clones. It is still in good shape but I will probably replace after this run just because perlite is cheap.
The tiki torch wicks are fiberglass and other synthetic materials so they do not rot and the bleach does not bother them. Yes, the wicks reach up to the top of the container.
ColoSpringBudZ: Thanks. You are right. We all find a way that works for us...pretty much in everything...cloning, growing...life...
...knew I should not have taken that last hit.