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Dstroy's first grow journal

Discussion in 'Grow Journals' started by dstroy, Jul 16, 2016.

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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    I was using the old dyna gro feeding chart. I just found the new one:
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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/14/17
    water in the res was low, added 1 gallon of ph 5.8 500 ppm seasoned tap water

    ph 5.56
    ppm 804

    added 0.5ml ph up

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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/15/17
    ph 5.5
    ppm 850
    added 0.6ml ph up

    3/16/17
    ph 5.51
    ppm 898
    added 0.6ml ph up
    canopy temp 76f
    res temp 73f
    ambient temp 70f

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    Trying to get when I need to do a res change dialed in, not sure if I should wait more than 10 days or so. I've been doing it by feel, like when I feel the inside of the reservoir and it feels slippery I change it out.

    The tallest plant is 13" tall. All the new growth is still looking healthy. The two plants that I FIMmed have barely slowed down.

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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/17/17
    Res change today.
    2 gal tap water

    per gal:
    5ml protekt
    5ml grow
    2.5ml magpro

    ph 5.8
    ppm 1150

    no mammoth p yet because when I opened the bucket that I left tap water in a week ago I still smelled a little chlorine
     
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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/18/17
    ph 5.5
    ppm 1200

    added 0.3ml ph up
    added 1/2 gal distilled water to replenish

    ph 5.6
    ppm 928

    added 0.3ml ph up
    added 1.2ml mammoth p

    I cut down the one with the broken main stem (#5), the roots were starting to turn brown. All the other roots are looking good.

    I built legs for my control box, and mounted up its' power strip.

    I need to get a couple more pumps to recover the nutrient solution, and build wood squares out of 2"x4" for the buckets to sit on. The pumps that I am looking at will pump 1gpm with zero head pressure, so I'll only have to run them for a couple of minutes every few hours to empty out any nutes that drip off of the roots.

    The plan is to keep the runoff nutes separate from each other and separate from fresh mixed nutes. Then we'll use the ph controllers on the runoff so we can recycle it for a couple of weeks as long as the EC isn't more than (a percentage that I haven't determined) off of start.
     

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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/19/17
    ph 5.6
    ppm 958

    added some distilled water to top up the reservoir
    trimmed back the fan leaves on #5, it's looking good.
     
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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/19/17
    This was later in the day yesterday after adding distilled water
    ph 5.3
    ppm 900
    added 0.8ml ph up

    3/20/17
    ph 5.6
    ppm 894

    I need to top up the reservoir and I'm going to add 0.4ml ph up
     
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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/21/17
    ph 5.4
    ppm 850

    topped up res with distilled water
    added 0.4ml ph up

    3/22/17
    ph 5.6
    ppm 880
    added 3/4 gallon ph 5.8 tapwater

    ph 5.3
    ppm 713

    added 1ml ph up

    I am worried about transplanting, the plants are big. Only one more week in the cloner then I can get the grow room set up.
    Instead of using two separate pumps I decided to buy a vacuum pump, it'll work the same only it can suck the water into both pails at the same time with one pump instead of two. As soon as I get everything all set up I'll put up pics of how it all fits together.

    #5 is still looking good. Starting to see some white bumps on the stem.

    They are bushing out

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    dstroy

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    3/23/17
    ph 5.44
    ppm 738

    added 0.8ml ph up
     
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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/24/17
    ph 5.44
    ppm 834

    going to add
    1 gallon ph 5.8 tap water
    0.4ml ph up
    1ml dyna gro grow
    I might change the reservoir tomorrow, the plants have been eating like crazy. I'm trying to get them to slow down a bit because they're getting moved next week and then they're getting moved into their final bucket.

    The plan is to get all the stuff moved to the new grow area, get it set up and run some bleach water through all of it for a few hours, then swap out all of the water for plain water and run that, then swap water again one more time before we fill it up with nutes. I'm going to put up a lot of pics of the grow room setup and explain what everything is doing.
     
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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/25/17
    ph 5.31
    ppm 720

    adding 1.5ml ph up for now
     
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    dstroy

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    3/26/17
    ph 5.3
    ppm 800

    reservoir is low.
    going to change the res today.
    per gal
    5ml pro tekt
    5ml grow
    2.5ml magpro

    They grew vertically a lot last night, and burned a few leaves on the light.
     

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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/26/17
    Just got done changing the res, and while the table was off of it we got a good look at the roots, they're all looking really good.

    3/27/17
    ph 5.77
    ppm 1000
    cleared away some of the dead leaves
     
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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    3/28/17
    I didn't check ph/ec yet because the plants were thirsty and drank alot yesterday, I'll check it later tonight.

    added 3/4gal of ph 5.8 tapwater

    I am completely out of vertical space, so it's a good thing they're moving into their new area soon.

    There are a ton of aux shoots that are catching up to the rest of the canopy.
     

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    dstroy

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    3/29/17
    ph 5.1
    ppm ???

    I didn't check ppm at this point because ph was so low. I added 2ml ph up.

    later on in the day I checked it again
    ph 5.5
    ppm ???
    added 0.8ml ph up

    didn't check ppm again, I'll check it tomorrow.
     
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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    Put up one tent, got the lights up. I haven't been keeping up with the plants like I should because we just spent all week moving and it was shiiiiiiiiiiiittty. The cloner is in a closet, it can stay there or go back into the cabinet. The basement is still pretty cold, gets down to high 30's low 40's at night.

    My original plan was to put everything down into the basement, well that isn't going to work because it's flooded more than one time since we've been here. There were some stoppages in the main sewer line from some roots. And when everyone was using the water there is a stand pipe in the basement that would gush out water. That all got fixed today but I'm not cool with leaving anything on the ground down there anymore.

    I don't know a lot about tents because I've never owned a grow tent before this one but I'm really happy with it for what I paid. No light leaks on the inside from the zipper and it goes together easy.

    I used a lot less thermal compound than I anticipated and those ideal cob holders made installing the cobs to the heatsinks easy.

    The white wire that I used is 18awg 600v mtw. the black cable is also 600v but it's 16/3awg. The connectors are molex, rated 600v and 4A.

    Other thoughts: the net pots that came with the cloner are super shitty. I bought better ones and should have used those from the start because they're way sturdier. I need to get everything hooked up but it's late. I'm only going to be running this one tent until we sort out the dudes from the chicks and then I'll cut clones and get a veg tent going.
     

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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    Got everything sorted out. The two large plants are moved into where they are going to stay. The other three are in the cloner until they recover.

    The water at our new place is 50-80ppm out of the tap and right around ph 7

    I'm starting out really light on the nutes, if they need more I'll give them more.

    Hpa nutes per 5 gal bucket:
    5ml protekt
    5ml grow
    5ml mag pro
    3ml mammoth p
    Ph to 5.8

    I'm still following the dyna gro schedule for the cloner, that's getting a res change tomorrow.

    I had to tie up the plants because they were falling into the buckets due to the shitty net pots.

    Transplanting them from the cloner to the buckets wasn't easy either, their roots were very large, I hope I didn't damage them too much. No choice but to wait until now to transplant though. They'll have some time to recover before I flip them.

    The tent gets pretty hot with the lights at 100%, I have a box fan and a 6" inline vent fan to keep it cool in there but I still had to open a vent on the bottom and unzip the top a bit.
     

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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    4/5/17

    Cleaned the cloner out real good this morning. All but two of the sprayers were clogged with bits of root.

    Per 5 gal bucket: cloner solution
    15ml grow, mag pro, and protekt
    3ml mammoth p
    Tap water
    Ph 5.8
    Ppm 700

    Per 5 gal bucket: veg solution
    5ml grow, mag pro, and protekt
    3ml mammoth p
    Tap water
    Ph 5.8
    Ppm 350ish

    I recycled the runoff from yesterday

    Runoff ph 5.64 added 0.3ml ph up to about three gallons. Ppm 390

    I was expecting runoff ppms to be higher than fresh solution because the plants came out of 900ppm water that was in the cloner.

    Night time temp in the tent with the lights off is 77-80f. Daytime temps are mid 80s with the lights at 100%. This is with no intake or exhaust, just circulating fans.

    They're perking back up after being transplanted.

    The entire system is very quiet. The only thing I'm planning to do now is to make some squishy rubber feet for the board that the pumps are mounted on:

    Those meanwell drivers get hot.

    The solid state relays I'm using to switch the lights and filter fan stay nice and cool.

    I need to reinforce the 5 gallon bucket I'm using for a vacuum water trap if anyone has any ideas I'd appreciate it.

    The plants in the cloner are perking up now that they have a nice clean home with fresh water but man do they look rough. Shit, all the plants look rough from moving them around
     
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    Lorenzo420

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    This is an awesome setup. I'm keeping a close eye on this one for sure! Plants look really happy. I've learned a lot from reading through your posts. Keep up the good work man! :mrgreen:
     
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    dstroy

    dstroy Active Member

    Thanks
     

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