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Old 06-01-2011, 01:10 AM #1
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HEADY BLUNTS -- 400w vert micro cab - 22.5" tall -- organic soil w/ blumats!

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heady are you using plain water with water only amended soil? Do you cut off water for a few days before you apply any ACT. Im just curious about your strategy. Good luck on your new cab lots of potential there.
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hey tilt thanks for stopping in.

yes the blumats run straight water into a (attempting to be) complete soil.

these are #3 smart pots. the plants did most of their vegging in 2gal airpots with a mix i made from:

5 parts gardener and bloome blue ribbon organic potting soil
3 parts home made EWC
1 part calcined diatomaceous earth
1 part organic char

when i transplanted to the #3 smartpots i filled in with FFOF straight from the bag cause i was busy and lazy, plus i was curious to see how the guano fortified soil behaved.

when i do an application of ACT i just water it straight in. the blumats sense the increased moisture and shut off until the soil dries enough to trigger them again. i don't touch them at all.
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Nice looking cab man. How do you exhaust it? How big is that HPS? And do you just run two flowering plants at a time?
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Dude I want to make sweet tender love to your cab! it looks amazing! Growing vert in micro cabs ftw! I'm also loving the blumat system, this is something I'm looking into as I work away a lot. Can you give us any more info on it - was it expensive to set up? Difficult getting dialled in? Also what 007. said, how do you keep that lamp cool?

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welcome friends!

thanks for the kind words.

i run four plants per cycle in #3 smart pots. living organic soil. i am still a noob so i haven't gotten to the point of making my own soil mixes yet, but i am getting good at both amending quality soil mixes as well as making pretty decent thermal compost and EWC (good shit lol). i have also been using FPE's with great success (mostly for foliar during veg).

the blumats are my favorite. they do a better job watering than i do, and the plants love them. i just went away for 3 days and came back to very happy plants, they hardly even missed me. 70$ or whatever for the patio set is probably the best thing i spent money on during the whole build.

the next biggest expense was the lighting system. i got the cooltube on CL for 1/2 price, but had to get the bulb and ballast at the hydro store (read: $$$$$$).

i put together the exhaust for pretty cheap. all the activated carbon was on sale at petco. probably the hardware cloth was the most expensive part of that. in retrospect, if i had had a bigger budget, i would have sprung for an in-line fan (like a vortex) with a speed controller. i may eventually upgrade that.

the light is a 400w hortilux super hps in a cool tube. the tube sits snug in a 6" adjustable elbow which plugs into my 8" can fan. i used silicon putty to create a perfect non-adhesive seal.



here's an old pic of the cool tube and the exhaust before i added the putty, and one with it finished and seated.



i made the filter after reading a couple diff DIYs and then putting it together the way it made sense to me. i did a tutorial. the link is in my sig.
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Do you light trap the top of your cooltube to prevent hermies? Or is the cab in a room used rarely enough that night time light leaks aren't an issue?

And if you don't mind my asking, what kind of yield do you pull of that 400?
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Thanks for that man - looks sweet! I like how you actually use the cupboard below for hanging up clothes, makes it way more stealthy =)

I'm definitely going to have to invest a blumat set after hearing that!

In the pic it looks like the plants are almost touching the cooltube, how close can they get? Also, how do you plan on preventing them from growing into the light?

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24.5" tall and vertical sounds like my sort of challenge. I'll be watching to see how you do this.

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PC - that's twenty TWO and a half inches to work with. man another two inches would open up a lot of possibilities. you'd be surprised how much useful stuff is 24" tall.

GD - thanks for stopping by.

Eol - yea it seems to be pretty stealthy. with the closet closed it's totally invisible. as for the plants, i've gotten a couple of scorched leaves, but no light bleaching or anything. they are happy as long as they don't actually touch the cool tube. i'm also slowly moving the pots away from the light while the plant stretches. (also i let it veg about two weeks longer than i planned to, so it's way more packed in there than i was prepared for). last round i used parabolic screens to SCROG everything, but i'm just letting shit go wild (with minor LST) this time around.

007 - i dont' get any light leaks from the cool tube. the carbon filter acts as a light filter as well. i also run my lights during the day. there are no light leaks in the cab (including the partition between the mom room and the flower room).

this is my second run so i don't have a set expectation for yield. i'm pretty confident if things keep going the way they're going i'll get well over 4oz. mostly i'm working on healthy plants and excellent quality in the final product. this little closet will never grow enough weed for my needs, so i'm just enjoying the hobby of it until i upgrade to a larger situation.
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:30 AM #12
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here's a pic from today. 19 days. i hope the stretch stops this week!

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velcro and LST are best friends.

i just laid down a few strips on the floor of my cab. voila, adjustable restraints!
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Do plants stretch differently in vertical grows? If so, how?

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