OK, you asked for it.
First off, I apologize in advance… written/text communication is very easy for me to screw up. That being said.
4 years ago I lived in Colorado, where they’re healthy, high, and happy. While living there, due to my poor choices in life, I ended up moving in with a buddy who needed a roommate. He did 2 harvests while I was living there. He proved to me that you don’t have to spend hardly any money at all to grow really good weed. He absolutely proved it by going to Home Depot with me and purposefully picking out the cheapest potting soil he could find (very specifically avoiding looking at anything other than price). Bought a bottle of fish oil and a normal tube florescent light. He received change for his $20 bill. He ended up with a couple of newer 100w normal light bulbs and 2 garage/outdoor spotlight kinda lights. That’s it!! GDP and some kind of Kush. Used the fish oil once at end of veg and twice during flower. 5 or 6 people mentioned that he had the best by far!! This is when many peeps are trying to get others to “try mine, try mine”.
This backstory is my reasoning behind the madness I have started. I can’t post pics because my wife doesn’t want me to and even posting makes her a little nervous. She will come around after the 1st good harvest though.
Anyways, I have a 2x4x60" tent with a cheap 1000w knockoff LED from Amazon (think I paid around $140). I have 2 cheap fans from WalMart that I have set up on 2 vents (one of few things I’m doing right), intake at the bottom and exhaust on other side at top. Bought some Black Boss seeds from a dispensary in CO and did the ol 24 hour soak in distilled water (which works perfectly, 3 for 3 germinated). So, put MiracleGro in 3 5 gallon buckets and wisely I just dumped the 1st shot glass in the middle of the MG and as soon as the water was settled… BAM!! No seed to arrange/orient properly, it disappeared and I didn’t want to disturb everything looking for it. So, smart guy that I am, I created a shallow indention in the next 2 and BAM!!! As soon as the water settled, no seeds. Needless to say, 24 hours later 2 little girls poked their heads up and 2 hours later there were 3. Woot Woot. That was the morning of 07/24. They certainly don’t compare to most peeps pics at 2 weeks but. They are starting their 2nd set of growth over the first 2 little round leaves and look ok except for some yellowing caused by (you’ll never guess ) over watering. I have purchased a light/ph/moisture tester and promised myself not to do it again.
My head hurts now. All that ^^^^ and I probably still didn’t answer your questions correctly. I sure wish I would’ve read through all the guides before I started.