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    My housemate and I wanted to build a high yielding vertical system for cheap, this is what we came up with.

    First we built a grow room by dividing my bedroom into two. We put a wall up using only 2x4's, drywall and soundboard. Theres actually a fairly large room behind that wall, it's about 8x8 and also has a closet with sliding doors for cloning.





    The vertical systems frame is a 56" octagon build out of 2x4's. It goes from the floor to the ceiling, nine feet exactly. This frame is wrapped in mylar, leaving only a small entrance at one side of the bottom to enter/exit. This system is based on heaths flooded vertical on RIU, but we found a much cheaper solution for piping. 100 feet of perforated black 4" tubing from home depot is $50 dollars. This tubing starts at the very top of the inside of the frame and spirals down to the bottom into a 30 gallon reservoir(rubbermaid). The water is pumped to the top by an Ecoplus 1267 with adjustable valve to control flow. The water then passively flows down the piping, submerging the roots on its way back into the res. Unlike Heath I don't run my pump 24/7, I have 36 watts of airstones in my res and run my pump 15 minutes on 30 off. Three 600 watts digital hps lamps are housed in three vertically placed 8" cooltubes. These cooltubes hang from a 40" ceiling fan that I got at home depot for 23 dollars, the top cooltube has a dust filter on it. Air is sucked through the cooltubes, and out of the room by a 10" inline fan and blown through a carbon filter that sits on my balcony.

    Heres a video a friend made of my setup when I first built it. I know this will receive criticisms as it makes me sound very materialistic and money driven, which is not the case. This hobby is far more than a means of income and I was asked to include figures to make it sound interesting...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCr2QNgQxTE



    This thread is kind of jumping into the middle of the grow. We've got about 130 plants in the NFT system, plus another 25 on the ground in 5x5 pots with fox farms. Strain is one I crossed myself last year. It's blue dream crossed with a local San Diego indica called Hogsbreath. All seed are feminized and grown 12/12 from the start. Ill be choosing the best plants from this run as mothers and plan on using clones thereafter. I also just added 30 OG Kush clones to the system, they should finish at about the same time.

    No AC, no dehumidifier. Room temps are around 75-80 with light off, and around 72-76 lights on. I run my lights at night to keep the temps in check. Humidity is between 40-70 at various times in the day. I always run the same thing in my res:Shitty San Diego Tap Water, the lucas formula full strength, Floralicious Plus, Hydrozyme, tiny bit of Cal/Mag, and SM-90.











    Questions and comments welcome
    We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.




    1800w 200 site Vertical NFT

    #2
    Go Tritons!

    So you're pumping up water to the top of the structure, then letting the water spiral down back to the res? I'm visualizing your system as the same shape of a Slinky (spring). Good stuff. Gonna be crowded full of bud for sure.

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      #3
      Originally posted by BlueberryLovr View Post
      Go Tritons!

      So you're pumping up water to the top of the structure, then letting the water spiral down back to the res? I'm visualizing your system as the same shape of a Slinky (spring). Good stuff. Gonna be crowded full of bud for sure.

      Exactly, I based the design on Heaths vertical, only with no dams and built for much cheaper.
      We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.




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        #4
        Well that's looking pretty awesome! Wish I saw more hydro setups on the vert forum, especially like yours. I'll be following your grow.
        Garage Grow - 400w in a spirally thing a la Heath



        Balcony Garden Shed Round 3 - 16 plant SOG in vert tubes, 2x250w HPS (4/23/11-7/26/11) - 4 plants = 209 grams+hash+milk

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          #5
          Jesus christ I just re-read your post and saw the plant count. How on earth did they all fit?!

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            #6
            Originally posted by BlueberryLovr View Post
            Jesus christ I just re-read your post and saw the plant count. How on earth did they all fit?!

            85 feet of piping with 5 inch spacing between 2" netpots. Theres six rows of plants with 18 inch spacing, Plus all the plants in 5"x5" pots on the floor. Ideally I'd like to finish with a bunch of 20' single colas, 12/12 from seed has given me more branch and stretch than I'd hoped.
            We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.




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              #7
              Plants are drinking over 10 gallons a day right now! Heres pictures of some GDP we grew in the system with only one light on as kind of a pilot run.

              We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.




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                #8
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                Very impressive. Gonna stick around for this one.

                Good luck!





                MARLO
                enter here



                Originally posted by NSPB
                The purpose was to metaphorically stack the deck with the best possible hand in the plants corner, so when we simply mimic rain, the plant can go all in.

                NSPB Full Life Formula





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                  #9
                  Took about 200 clones of the plants on thursday, still pretty crowded...






                  some budshots of the 5 plants that are about 4 weeks older:



                  We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.




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                    #10
                    very cool system man.
                    old vert stuffs, 2k stacked on a mover and 1k rdwc.

                    My autoflower stuffs <--old (vertical 2k room)

                    My micro perpetual grow (closed for now)

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                      #11
                      I just realized that you have a ceiling fan at the top of the tubes. Do you use it to circulate the air? That'd be f'n great.

                      Nice budshots too




                      MARLO
                      enter here



                      Originally posted by NSPB
                      The purpose was to metaphorically stack the deck with the best possible hand in the plants corner, so when we simply mimic rain, the plant can go all in.

                      NSPB Full Life Formula





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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Marlo View Post
                        I just realized that you have a ceiling fan at the top of the tubes. Do you use it to circulate the air? That'd be f'n great.

                        Nice budshots too




                        MARLO


                        Yep, ceiling fan was 25 bucks from home depot. It circulates the air in the system and the cooltubes hang from it.
                        We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.




                        1800w 200 site Vertical NFT

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                          #13
                          Very nice setup iilewop.....will be watching for sure, btw what size pump do you use to push the water to the top and spiral down?

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                            #14
                            my appologies I see you mentioned the pump in the original post...lol I'm kinda baked watching the football games....great job!

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                              #15
                              Is that piping flexible? It's hard to tell but I don't think I see any 45's - is it just one long tube that winds around? Because that would be awesome.
                              Garage Grow - 400w in a spirally thing a la Heath



                              Balcony Garden Shed Round 3 - 16 plant SOG in vert tubes, 2x250w HPS (4/23/11-7/26/11) - 4 plants = 209 grams+hash+milk

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