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How many times do I water with this set up?

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by rookanga, Mar 12, 2017.

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    rookanga

    rookanga Member

    Third week of veg right now.
    Lights on at 9 (20/4 running)
    Pump turns on 9:00 to 9:02, 3 to 3:01, 8 to 8:01, 1 to 1:02, lights out at 5
    Pump is a hydrofarn 800 gph
    Each line had 3 drip stakes in them (10 lines)
    Room is between 84-86
    Co2 1500pm

    I have heard multiple things of what is good, but each one is for their own set up. So I was wondering is this good or am I not feeding them enough?

    The run is pretty good (I don't know exact run off), each day (I think) I go through 10 gallons of water. Reverse Osmosis, house and garden, and calimagic.

    Any suggestions, what about flowering also?
     
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    motoracer110

    motoracer110 Well-Known Member

    It all depends on grow medium, and how much root mass you have. Are you using a coco mix?
     
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    rookanga

    rookanga Member

    Sorry about that, forget the medium lol yes I'm using 70% coco 30% perlite. The roots should be good.
     
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    motoracer110

    motoracer110 Well-Known Member

    ok so with coco you don't want the medium to dry out ever, if coco dries it holds salts and when you water dry coco the water will channel beneath the surface leaving dry spots so with that in mind this is how I would water your plants. Turn on the pump and time it, when you start seeing water drip out of bottom of pots stop your timer, your pots will still drip a bunch more water which is a good thing. Everytime you water you want that flush runoff. A good idea is to buy a cycle timer they are more accurate and you can water at 5 second increments. If you are watering big pots you will kill yourself in nutrients $ to get run off every time if you are in that situation like I was in the past I would only water only getting nutrients to the root zone but no runoff, every week you should flush with clean water if going that rout. It will save your wallet. I'm a firm believer in only using 2 gallon pots or smaller with coco and feed multiple times a day treating coco like hydro then you will get hydro results better yields

    Feed 4 times a day during light on will do good and same thing in flower.
     
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    mjinc

    mjinc Active Member

    Do you measure the amount of run off you get from the bottom of the pots? A good little test is to put a drip stake in a measuring jug to see how much each plant is getting per feeding. Also see if you can raise one of your pots put it on a plastic grid with a container under it and see how much run off you're getting. You should get about 10-20% a day to help flush out any excess build up in your mixture.
     

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