Originally Posted by 5th
Beast dude, lovin' them tubes.
Much appreciated sir
Originally Posted by ~Shhh~
Go hard or go home
loving these systems!
You know it.
Originally Posted by vangaurd
BldSwtTrs can i suggest Wappa (paradise seeds) I run these in my mini flooded tubes and they are excellent! A full indica, short plant that produces great golfball sized nugs for me. I fubar'ed then and they still produced. I love your stystem and only wish i had the room!
Thanks for the suggestion man. I will definitely be looking into these. Right now I would say my weakest link BY FARRRR is genetics. The DL that this system is filled with is awesome, but doesn't really produce for shit. I do, however, know it like the back of my hand and the quality is great. Thanks again for the recommendation.
Originally Posted by Billy Liar
great job here bst....
And to anyone calling heath a liar, just go and try these things yourself in a clean and controled environment.... I hit 2gpw using heaths ideas, and saw loads of room where I colud improve.....
Plant numbers = Yield.... So true, and thanks heath....
Good luck bst.. I'll be watching..
Thanks man. 2gpw is a mark I havn't hit yet, but I am very confident that I can. I KNOW once I find the right genetics I can hit 2gpw consistently with what I have learned. I will be PMing you with questions once I hit 50 posts if you don't mind.
Originally Posted by farmhouse cat
Plants are lookin nice! How many plants per unit? Whats the inside diameter? Whats the realistic goal per plant?
Inside diameter is about 4 feet. Each unit holds 115 plants. The realistic goal right now per plant is only 11g. The genetics that I currently have right now don't yield for shit, but are otherwise excellent. I had genetics that would yield easily twice that before, but lost them when I had to shut down. Different story there though...
Originally Posted by DHF
Simple....babyshit....Tell em BL....Hope all`s been well with you and yours Bro....
BST....Got all my twisted kids droolin over here my buddy....Bring it on home...Haven`t been followin too close , but if yas haven`t done it already could yas please elaborate on the process you`ve dialed in to prevent root rot and potential crop failure....
Need more knowledge up in here for all to learn from.....the good AND the bad results....that`s what makes it real......
Thanks for droppin in DHF. Always interested to hear what you have to say.
As far as preventing root rot, I would say that temps are obviously paramount. Right now water temps are about 72. I COULD drop these using water chillers, but I feel they arn't really worth the cost/kwh.
Each system has a bypass similar to Heath's except they are attached to a larger pump. The water that doesn't feed the system is shot back into the res, adding tons of DO in the process. Additionally there is a large air pump with several air stones attached to each res.
Each level has a "drop" to feed the level below. I feel this accomplishes the same thing as the bypass and adds DO as the water cascades into the level below.
Recently I started using Hydro Fungicide at 2ml/gallon which has been awesome. I heard about it in the undercurrent section and agree that is very effective.
I also suspect that because the water flow is so much greater than undercurrent/rdwc that there is less chance for root rot. I use a 600 gph pump and I would estimate about 400gph is flowing through the pipes. Not sure that this would minimize the chances of root rot, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did.
As far as the bad....
I believe in the past that I caught pyth on EVERY run without knowing it. I always made it to harvey and being new to growing didn't know what roots were supposed to look like. When pulling out the plants from the previous run I would notice that all the roots were brown and mushy. At the time I thought it might just be color stain from the nutes. Certainly didn't think it was bad since I was still pullin down without a problem. In hindsight I think this was a type of pyth that never killed the plants. I wonder if it affected yield, but was never bad enough to kill the plants. After using hydro fungicide I have no had the same browning/mushing of the roots. They are all nice and white and seem to be stronger.