Which is why a better option would be to do an rdwc grow.
There are a lot of folks that may can help. I’m doing rdwc because I had to think about all the different issues of what all is gonna have to be done to make it till the end. Both my girls are now drinking 3.5 gal. a day Not sure what I would have done had I stuck to my original plan to do an dwc grow.
Maybe @ItsPat or @BobbyDigital can shed some light on your situation.
Awesome, thanks for the response and the tag’s. I think the frequent watering with coco beforei set up automatic halo’s might drain me as well as self draining saucers!
I will post shortly (go to my shed) the basic bucket I had created to give a better grasp of what I was going for.
I may have wasted a bucket or two lol, but if a RDWC is the easier option, just a lil guidance on how it works and how to build would be great. I know I can look online but I find the information in this forum less contradicting lol and you can always dig deeper if you don’t understand.
I use a small water pump to drain my buckets. I prefer the dwc to the rdwc system I have. Its easy to setup and tear down as needed no water dripping here or there. I had some issues when I first started in those 5 gallon buckets. I got expensive food grade clear and sprayed them down flat black, but the ph would swing so much in flower. Saw tons of people switch to the HDX yellow top totes and went that way after my first grow. I find the 12 gallon box with a 3" net pot produces a great result, this holds between 6-7 gallons of water before it gets to touching the net pot. This gives me 2-4 days to get to watering in mid flower. I might try an 18 gallon bucket soon, which should make things more stable for my girls.
I dont usually change the water till I’m flushing at the end, just if I have a girl in trouble.
But I usually start a new girl in now of these old ice cream pails. Even unpainted for the first couple weeks these aren’t bad starting buckets. This girl will actually flower in this one as im off schedule right now. Im curious as to how much and of what quality I can pull off in a small bucket. With covid on not like I got much else to do right now lol
So apparently in Melbourne Aus, during the pandemic finding the right size totes with a workable lid has been amazingly silly and hard… I was going to use a tote I have lying around for my collection bucket so to speak…
Below is a child paint drawing of what i hope may work? Opinions please if this will work (if you an understand it lol a 6 year old could do better) I wil be using a 20L (5 Gallon) bucket for mine so considerably larger.
There are hundreds of photos online and in the site of similar setups. I would also have a couple of air stones in my res just to try and keep anything from building up there. Have a little valve on the output of the pump so you can send it to drain when you want to flush.