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Drain to waste in coco coir. Automated watering systems anyone?

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by cocodreams, Jul 24, 2011.

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    Bakersfield

    Bakersfield Well-Known Member

    You are right about burning through the nutes!
    I currently go through 100 gallons @ ec 1.3 in 4 days and that is under 2 @ 1000w hps. I've got another room coming online soon. I feed 3 times daily in 5 gallon buckets and leach with water between refills of the reservoir, until my leachate reaches 300ppm.
    I use the KISS method of the Lucas formula. I do substitute 1/3 of my Maxibloom with Maxigrow, add some Epsom salts and Orca bennies. Total cost is about 25 dollars a week. Over half of that amount is for the bennies. I have explosive grow!
    I may switch to Jacks to save more money, until I start mixing my own (using a recipe), I'm not a chemist.
    I would like to brew my own bennies, for some real savings and start adding silica, kelp extract, fulvic and humic acid to my mix.
     
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    visajoe1

    visajoe1 Well-Known Member

    im adding orca and great white to my hydro formula, curious to see what happens
     
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    ChaosHunter

    ChaosHunter Well-Known Member

    I use the same watering setup as the OP and use a Idevices switch. It only goes down to 1 min but that's all that's needed every day when the lights come on.
     
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    motoracer110

    motoracer110 Well-Known Member

    Wow you are set then, I have been wanting to go with the kiss method always afraid to pull the trigger, but would love to cut down my nutrient costs. I've been using the canna line and love the results just hate the price tag. Good stuff good talk.
     
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    all coco

    all coco Member

    I've got a couple 315w cmh's and tried to put together something simple. I'm using 5 gallon buckets for res's. 172gph pumps feed a 1/2" single line manifold with 1 open ended 1/4" drip tube per plant that are in 1 gallon pots. Also used a T with a couple valves on the 1/2" tube at the top of the bucket to help mixing and control flow. I'm in week 4 and feeding for 1 minute 3 times a day right now, used to hand water 2 times a day.
     
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    Bakersfield

    Bakersfield Well-Known Member

    I've never used the Canna line of nutrients, but I love their coco coir! I think it's worth the extra to have a leached and pre buffered product.

    I still prefer the Lucas formula using GC's flora series over mixing the Maxi with hot water, but the Lucas formula cost about double over Maxi.
    Eventually, I hope to mix my own nutes and quite giving money to Scott's/Monsanto.
     
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    visajoe1

    visajoe1 Well-Known Member

    This is where I want to get to as well. Just have raw ingredients. I'm at least a year away from that though, want to do a few successful runs in a couple different mediums first
     
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    GreenLegend420

    GreenLegend420 Well-Known Member

    I use dtw coco and its the easiest thing ive ever done. I just adjust my cycle timer based on how much they need to eat. (Bigger plants more food).

    Keep your rez filled and your runoff bucket emptied and thats it.

    For waste i would say i empty about 2-3 gallons a week.
     
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