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Hydro / Ebb and Flow
    #165948 - 12/19/08 11:19 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Santa droped this by last night.





The tray is 4ft x 4ft. It will hold 64, 6in pots. 70 gal reservoir. I built the stand out of wood and painted it with Killz.

Originally the tray is made to fit on the reservoir. This looks cool but unpractical when needing to to change nutrient's.

Santa also left a Milwaukee, T75, waterproof TDS meter and a Milwaukee, pH51 waterproof pH-meter.
Some pH up and down.
Fox Farm - Big Bloom, Tiger Bloom and Grow Big. To feed the kids.

I have NO idea of what I'm doing. Santa I'm going to have a fun time finding out.


I do know I need 64 girls. I have made 4 clones off my 1st grow. Which will be ending in early Jan. I will start another bag seed grow. I need more girls.

I'm reading a basic hydro book. So I,ll be back with questions. Lots.

The journey has begun.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #166143 - 12/20/08 07:46 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

64 plants :o no fucking around

well if you're running 4 plants per square foot you should probably make sure they're all the same clone

what kind of lighting are you using for that?


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: captain.koons]
    #166150 - 12/20/08 10:58 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

I have a 1000watt MH and a 1000watt HPS to brighten the girls up.:psychsplit:


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #166285 - 12/20/08 04:12 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

another view, without the HPS light on. That light does make pic's yellow.




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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #166301 - 12/20/08 05:22 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

looks good :smile: you should probably consider doing less plants until you find a suitable strain to dial in 64 plants


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: captain.koons]
    #169945 - 12/26/08 12:09 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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looks good :smile: you should probably consider doing less plants until you find a suitable strain to dial in 64 plants




I know this is true but as a 1st timer and a believer in not wasting space. I will try to grow as much as I can. Figure some plants will go for one reason or another. Hopefully not to many from lack of experience.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #170045 - 12/26/08 12:50 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

well

you will most definately hav eproblems if u grow 4plants per sq ft without a using entirely all clones and also selecting the right stain/clone to do the job.

so really you're wasting time, space, money, potential bud if you don't do it right.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #170052 - 12/26/08 12:52 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Feeding the plants. Santa's helper told me 3 times a day for 15 min at a time. I don't know if thats true or not.


1st big place I need is feeding and the reservoir. Damn, 70 gal's to be changed 6 times during the 90 day grow period. Will I need a full reservoir or would 30 or 50 gallons be more likely? Thats also a lot of liquid/concentrates to be adding. Knowing how many gallons in the reservoir is going to be important to figure out how much to feed these girls.(Probably need to buy more concentrates).
Anyone have any thoughts on this?


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: captain.koons]
    #170082 - 12/26/08 01:00 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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so really you're wasting time, space, money, potential bud if you don't do it right.




You have my attetion. I know a strain that fits this type of grow would be best. I'm trying to slow down here and figure the whole grow out before doing. Just want to fill that system up.

Thanks for your help capt.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #170195 - 12/26/08 02:35 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

I don't know a whole lot about hydroponics unfortunately. I have been reading a bit on nutrient profiling and the lucas formula/mel frank's ratio's for chemical / non organic salt nutrients such as canna, gh 3 part, advanced nutrients 3 part

Basically this article which I can dig up for you if you want said that in 10 years of growing (growing cannabis and "scientifically" testing different nutrient profiles 100-100-200-60 worked best in N-P-K-Mg format. Also 3 changes and 8 changes of the reservoir didn't effect yield outcome. More changes = less maintainence throughout the week though but slightly more cost... or a lot more cost demending on your nutrient regiment. You can spend soooo much on nutrients if you go full blown Advanced Nutrients it's not even funny I think with the conn a/b and all additives it worked out to 75cents a gal and with a simple 3part maybe epsom salts as an additive it works out to 14-19 cents a gal?

with Ebb and flow 3 times a "day" or once every 4 hours during lights on and once during lights off seems pretty typical. Standard flood time is usually 20 minutes some people do like 5-10 minutes because the tables take so long to drain. I think having your pump set for 15 or 20 minutes is fine.

Remember "nothing..(well somethings)" in MJ horticulture is static. Theres many many different opinions that are valid. I personally wouldn't want to change out a 70gal reservoir 6 times for a 1kw grow. a minimum of 40gal is recommended for a single table I believe so 50-55ish or even completely filled would be great. Your nutrient solution quality would be maintained and easier to maintain for extended periods of time, less pH swings, more nutrients availible... ect.

The grower in the article uses 3 changes including the initial first fill

http://www.angelfire.com/cantina/fourtwenty/articles/profiles.htm

When my life permits(im currently not growing) I'm going to do a side by side using a simple lucas formula vs a lucas formula base with a bunch of additives/boosters to see how much better if at all the additives are.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #170506 - 12/26/08 03:34 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Fox Farm feeding schedule for hydro




That didn't do what I was planning(whats new)


http://www.foxfarmfertilizer.com/hydrofeed.pdf

Maybe you can read from the website better.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #170509 - 12/26/08 03:40 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

following instructions from mfg is definately a GOOD way to get results. you may find that it's also a good way for them to convince you to consume the maximum amount of nutrients to make them money.

it wouldnt hurt at all to follow their directions im sure.

also im from canada we dont have foxfarm up here so I have no idea about their nutrients and dont know anyone who does.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: captain.koons]
    #170514 - 12/26/08 04:18 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

I'm sure the mfg wants to sell as much as possible.

Right now I think I can go into week 3 and 4 with just adding nutrients to the reservoir. Just guessing at this time.

I just need to do a grow as recommended by the mfg with all the same clone. This will give me a starting place to see were I need to go.

Now I got to start thinking about mothers and clones. I'm glad I've got some room.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #170550 - 12/26/08 05:26 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

if you go with many reservoir changes just fill it up to 40gal

magash changes his reservoir every 2 weeks and i think he just tops it off with water... his results are outstanding.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: captain.koons]
    #170572 - 12/26/08 05:53 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

My budy and I were following General Hydroponics 8 part nute schedule. I had the exact same set up as you. I finally did the math after a few months to see how much we were spending per crop and it turned out to be 976.08, thats after tax. So as you can see nutrients were getting pricey. We though on the other hand were harvesting pounds every month so it didn't bother us.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: TheShroomJew23]
    #170588 - 12/26/08 06:35 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

I don't know how big your set up is but if you look at the amount spent on nutrients per grow or per year it can be several thousands of dollars. This is also aimed towards maximum plant growth so less = more.

I know a guy who spends 1100$ every 2 months (worked out to what he actually uses) and his garden is run perpetually so he spends that 6 times a year.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: captain.koons]
    #182450 - 01/15/09 04:53 PM (7 years, 10 months ago)

Back to hydro.Mixing nutes.

Still need to hear from someone with experence. Will be using Fox Farm, Grow Big,Tiger Bloom, Big Bloom,Open Sesame,Beastie Bloom and Cha Ching. Doing this in an ebb and flow.

Also does anyone have experence with a Milwaukee pH51 pH meter or a Milwaukee T75 TDS meter. Looks like I need more chemicals than came with the meters. Don't want to screw these meters up. They will the most important tool for keeping the nutes right.

The hydro store is a four hour trip one way so I want to make a list of everything I need.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #182485 - 01/15/09 05:29 PM (7 years, 10 months ago)

I wouldn't want to drive 8hours to buy things, order online?


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: captain.koons]
    #182512 - 01/15/09 07:10 PM (7 years, 10 months ago)

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I wouldn't want to drive 8hours to buy things, order online?




I make a day of it. Shopping for more than this. Plus eat a nice restaurant.

I live in the sticks.Its nice to get away every now and then.


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Re: Hydro / Ebb and Flow [Re: KaptKid]
    #182520 - 01/15/09 07:16 PM (7 years, 10 months ago)

That's alright then I suppose.


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