Sorry for the delayed response - I’m new to the forum so I’m limited in how fast I can respond, but this is fantastic! Guys this is amazing! Thank you so much!
@JaneQP Those symptom graphics are awesome! Thank you!!
@ThatsNotMineOfficer I’ll go read Nicky’s thread on lighting, too. I was afraid the phone apps wouldn’t work but I’ll try them! I’m using lights from a previous soil grow, but I’m new to hydroponics.
@dbrn32 Thank you so much! I thought using an AeroGarden seemed like a crazy idea but I was intimidated by growing marijuana. I bought two Bounty Basics (9 pods) to split the plants so the roots would not crowd.
I think you are right about the solution! I am using ILGM nutrients, still on the seedling formula because it’s only Week 2. I was checking the PH but I haven’t checked the ppm in a couple of days because it has not fluctuated and I was feeding on a calendar schedule rather than going along with water consumption (which, in retrospect, seems so obviously incorrect). The ppm had dropped to 500 and 400, respectively, which makes sense as the seedlings exploded in the second half of the second week. I added more nutrients last night (I couldn’t respond, but I could read and follow advice). PPM currently reads 750 and 600 which is still too low, but I’m moving it up by degrees. Keeping an eye on the PH, trying to keep it between 5.8 and 6.0, erring on the lower side.
I am running a secondary air pump. I started with a Hydrofarm Active Aqua and switched to a Hiraliy aquarium pump because it produced more airflow. The bubble bucket setup will have a Hydrofarm 8-nozzle air pump, though. Is there such a thing as too much airflow?
@HappyHydroGrower Thank you! I was like, “My precious babies? In a BUCKET?” But I got food-safe five-gallon buckets from the hardware store (after the fact, my friend recommended that you can get them free from supermarkets and bakeries).
I don’t think I really appreciated just how “big” they get before I started this project. I have a couple of tents coming but they won’t be here for a few days, so I’m isolating them in a warm, dry, dark room with a halide light suspended from the ceiling. It’s significantly more powerful than the AeroGarden light, but I can also adjust the height. My light meter just arrived and I’m going to compare it to those phone apps. If they work just as well, I may be able to return it and save some money.