Ok I’m ready to switch to hydroponics.
I have 3x3 tents
Hlg260 resp lights
6inch exhausting fan
4 inch inlet fan
Roots organic players pack nutrients
Now what’s the next step??
Anyone want to be my mentor??
I’ve had great success with soil just want to speed things up. Looking for perpetual grow. Harvest every 30 days. I have 4 tents running.
Here’s my last grow. Soon as she’s finished I’ll be switching this tent to hydro.
Let me throw some general things at you based on what I’ve been doing:
You need to decide on what type of hydroponic system you want to run, DWC, RDWC, bubble buckets etc.
If doing a DWC I would first recommend you NOT use buckets. A 5 gallon bucket with a 6" net pot in it, plus 2" of space to the solution below it means that you can only have 3 gallons or so at best in your bucket. Add a basketball sized root ball and you will be servicing all of your buckets daily. A tote that holds 15 to 30 gallons is a much better alternative.
RDWC you could use buckets but recommend a large standing reservoir, outside of the tent.
Don’t screw around with heat management and buy a chiller. (Water temps have to be below 70F)
One plant per tote.
You cannot run too much air in each bucket. I use an 80L/minute pump for one tote.
Water that is either below 100 ppm from the tap or R/O.
Do not mix and match nutrients. Stay with one line if you can.
You are going to need: net pots, hydroton, a decent PH and TDS meter. PH up and down. Hydroguard or similar.
I would also suggest you set up your system and run it, free of plants or nutrients to make sure everything is doing as you want.
If you are looking to do production and quantity here’s what I’d do:
Starting with a mother plant (regular female over feminized) in one tent; set up tent #2 with an ebb and flow system with net pots on 8" centers. In a 3 X 3 you could do 36? Populate the system with 36 cuttings, manage them for rooting (24/0 light, rooting nutes etc) for 2 weeks then flip to flower and manage for one cola on each plant. This will deliver roughly 36 oz of flower every 2 1/2 months per tent and is the fastest way I know to produce lots of product.
The ebb and flow tray can be one or more totes with, again, a reservoir outside the space.