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18 gallon DWC

Discussion in 'DWC/ Bubbleponics' started by ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y, Aug 15, 2016.

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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

    Clones - GDP ( 1 week old) in rockwool starter cube
    DWC - 18 gallon tote w/ 4 sites
    Pots - 4 inch net pots filled with hydroton
    Oxygen - x3 air pump with 2 lines ( 1 line has air stone, 2 DIY bubble tubes, 2 lines for circulation)
    Light - 600w air cooled HPS
    Area - L shaped closet 8" height x 6" length x 3 1/2" width
    Nutrients - FloraNova Grow ( Veg), Fox Farm soluble trio (bloom), Ph up & down
    Temps - averages out around 80-85 degrees during light time and 75-80 degrees during dark time
    Humidity - 30 percent almost all the time
    Testers - PH test strips ( NO Ph,Ppm,Ec,tdm meters yet)
    Feeding schedule ( 1/4 strength of FloraNova grow for 10 gallons and 5 gallons plain tap for dilution and to prevent nutrient burn)
    Extras - I lined my entire tote and top with heavy duty foil for light prevention / leaks

    * my main focus is keeping ph dialed in so I don't have to worry about diagnosis of water just I case something happens like heat stress, nut deficiencies, pests ex...



    So that is my set up thus far....

    Anybody have suggestions on what can be done to better my grow?
    What can I do and what should I do?
    I'm just starting but have been doing my research extensively (forums,videos,growers)
    So I'm knowledgeable to a certain extent like most of us but I know theres professionals who can really throw some game out there.
     
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    Airwalker16

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

    You need to keep your WATER temps under 70. 65-68 is preferrable. This is overlooked almost always when first getting In to dwc. I SUGGEST you buy a water chiller to pump water out of your res, through the chiller and back into the res. Craigslist may offer you some solutions for cheaper, but amazon and ebay sell active aqua hydro farm brands new 1/10hp for $250-$275.
     
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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

    Money is kinda tight but if possible I'd definitely get one ASAP. Right now I have a fan right next to a bowl of water blowing on my tote. I was trying to bring up my humidity but instead I guess the water just gets cold and evaporates from the fan lol
     
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    Airwalker16

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

    That's not going to cut it... I'd at least get a wire probe thermometer for aquariums and use frozen water bottles for now at least.
     
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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

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    Airwalker16

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

    At least you know those are all females ;)
     
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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

    Alright well if I can't get a chiller then what's an alternative? Hydroguard or something to prevent root rot.
     
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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

    Female so far but I had gotten my clones about a week before I fully set my DWC up. I know there stunted and finally making a come back. Roots just started hitting the water. I fear that I may have stressed at least one into hermi but not sure so I'll have to wait a few more weeks.
     
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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

    image.jpg The roots look a little off color but I think it maybe from the FloraNova grow... It's dark brown even when mixed with extra 5 gallons of plain water
     
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    Airwalker16

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

    H2o2 all day.
     
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    Airwalker16

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

    I use 3 part flora trio. I get staining toi from micro
     
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    Airwalker16

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

     
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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

    Okay so try to get a water temp gauge and use frozen water... Will a food thermometer work to check Rez ?
    Okay so it is the stain ... If you touch your roots what does healthy roots feel like ?
     
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    Airwalker16

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

    They should SMELL healthy more so. Like grass or fresh sprouts
     
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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

    It kind of has a earthy smell, like dirt or soil mixed with wet wood... they definitely do not smell like rotten eggs or ass crack so I guess I'm okay for now.
     
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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

    Thanks for helping me out by the way man I definitely appreciate it. Another question is do I need to add hydrogen peroxide once a week when I change Rez ? Every few days when I top off? Or add H2O2 everyday until harvest ? I thought it was only needed for actual root rot to kill/ get rid of algae or is it used to prevent it?
     
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    Airwalker16

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

    You should buy one of these and see if it will do the trick. I've been interested in seeing if a peltier type chiller will do the job. This is for 12-15 gallons so perfect for you. I'd love for you to let me know how it works. There are other models too at the "items like this" part of the page near the bottom you could check out

    http://m.ebay.com/itm/282033379947?_mwBanner=1
     
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    Airwalker16

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

    You need h2o2 that is 29%. Amazon and ebay sell it. It's made by NutriLife and is only added with any new water or nutrient water you add. Use it as a preventive and it just keeps shit clean. I see a huge difference when I use it. Just don't get it on your skin.
     
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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

    That's super cheap compared to the others, I'll try to get it but since money is tight I mite have to grab hydro guard and ice /packs for plan B
     
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    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y

    ARMY_OF_ONE_92Y Active Member

    These are the pumps I'm using image.jpg
     

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