K alot to say but 1st. This my second attempt at hydrponic. I didn’t like what was out there after a year and a half of studying so much to say about whats going on here easier to just answer questions. Or speak out if you see something i can do better what do you think ?
@Soilgrowth your name shouldn’t be soilgrowth anymore! Only because that is a high tech Holy hydro setup bud! my mind is blown.
@Soilgrowth I think @AmnesiaHaze is right. I would love to have you explain a little it about your set up, it looks great. I’m a soil grower myself, but I really want to try hydro. (Of some form)
Yes please, I agree @Covertgrower @Soilgrowth your hydroponic setup should be shared if you could with us. It would mean the world to us. Plus I’d love to dip my sponge brain into the knowledge of hydroponics I love learning new things
@AmnesiaHaze @Covertgrower well there alot going on here 1st there 2 companies that had a major role in this. So 1st my feed and drain system is just a 17 gallon res. But the top hat by floraflex is hands down a must. Keeps light of my coco and perlite mix . which is 30 to 70 mix. And what i think is the best things a pro brought to my attention. The wonderful Drain Away Trays. With drain hook up. Drains right in my back yard drain. With the floraflex octabubbler. I feed 2 times a day. Once 15 min before lights on and the second 15 min before lights out. I have a mykos culture growing in my res. Like a brew or a tea. So any questions and 4 gallon fabric pots.
Very nice @soilgrowth I’ll have to look into those. Thank you for sharing. I really want to try hydro, or a form of it, but maybe just a couple out of my next grow.
Oh I see so this is a form of a hybrid type setup, it is a soil medium but used a top feed style hydro setup for your nutrient feeding/watering? @Soilgrowth that’s pretty cool.
Something to consider, maybe when the solution/water drains to your back yard, you could possibly catch run off to check run off PH! A good idea to consider
No its a hydro set up no soil.
I have a port in my drain pipe to collect ph run off but no need to its feed 2 times a day constant flush. At 1200 ppm now
Oh you said something about your “top hats” keeps light off your coco and pearlite mix @Soilgrowth
coco is not soil @AmnesiaHaze, no nutes in it whatsoever.
Great set up @Soilgrowth, very interesting!!
Well physically l it is, but when your feeding nutrients, it drains very very quickly like hydroton so it is considered a hydro medium I get it. But it’s still a form of a medium.
And it’s coconut bark, it is porous and absorbed nutrients after first feeding, so technically yes lol it’s a form of soil, just not dirt…
Tirmming this one plant before 12 21 the transition. All the oldest leaves go. Watch her explode.
@Soilgrowth so you only watered twice a day? Forgive me for reviving this thread but I am seriously liking your water to waste system. Were you using a water pump or were you doing an elevated water source and gravity feed the water through your system? If you were using a pump you probably were using a timer set up. How long did you run the pump or watering for each time and how often did you change the water if not used? I saw that you ran the drain system directly out but also had a collection process. Again please forgive me for reviving this thread.
How are you doing. This is a great system set up.i had two water pumps one pumping to feed the plants and one to always keep water stirring up the nutes. And it was on a time but it was reciculating timer. I feed two times a day and i feed for about a min and a half 10 mins before lights on at 6 am and i feed for 2 min at 12 noon. When i was in full bud. I feed like 3 time a day like 2 mins at a time.
Awesome information. Thanks for the reply. I am a new grower and doing a soil grow. Based upon my current rate of consumption of pot I probably will do a single plant a year and I was really liking your set up. I am doing okay so far but this is still early and all. I don’t know anything more than that so far. I am a bit nervous but hell it is a weed after all. I am growing a Durban Poison and Maui Wowie from seeds I bought from ILGM. I might have not had the right soil from the start but it is what I have now so I am dealing with it. I just think my plants could be a bit bigger at this point.
So I get this straight. You had one pump feeding and the other acting as a waterfall in your reservoir to keep oxygenizing the water? The length of time sounds logical and in flower as well to give them more. The process makes a lot of sense. You would make up enough water for a week with all the nutes and clean up going right outside. I don’t know if I can make the drain go outside but I am sure I can collect it and get rid of it manually.
Thanks for the reply back.
Yes on making water for nutes once a week. I had 3 big air stones plus two pumps. The second pump made it so none of the nutes settled on the bottom.