Hey all, figured it was about time to start this journal ^^
I was here before the shutdown and I’m glad to be back with 2.0 and finally able to contribute something back!
This isn’t my first rodeo but I also haven’t had a ton of experience. I’ve done a single bagseed waterfarm closet grow with cfl’s that didn’t yield much, and an unknown 9 plant 5x5 ebb and flow grow with a 600w hps that yielded decently.
This time I started getting all the equipment first, and then got some seeds from Attitude before I knew better
3x3 Tent - unknown brand off ebay for cheap. Actually decent quality, no light leaks.Thick material.
2x HLG QB288 R-Spec Boards - each board on its own Single Slate heatsink with Gelid Extreme thermal paste. They’re mounted horizontally/side-to-side to some aluminum bars a few inches apart. Basically mounted the other way than how HLG does the dual/triple board setups. Hoping this gives me the full 3x3 flower footprint compared to the normal dual board kit HLG sells that they say only optimally flowers a 2x3 due to the boards being end-to-end instead of side-to-side…
HLG-320H-54A This drives both boards in parallel to their 3 amp max(technically driver stated max output current is 5.95a) kill-a-watt meter is saying 375w draw at the wall when maxed. So should be 35w-40w per square foot.
1x 10 Gallon Tote - craftsman tote from lowes with the red lids.
Aquaneat 250 GPH dual output air pump - Technically 2x125GPH outlets and 2x gang valves with 4 outlets each. This thing is SILENT. Totally worth the ~$45 from amazon.
2x 4inch air stones - Cylindrical as is the rage here, they seem to work pretty good.
GH Waterfarm Kit - Grabbed this to use for a water level and the top fill parts.
1x Cloudline T4 - This thing is pretty nice, its super quiet even at max speed(10) and more than meets my extraction size.
1x AC Infinity 4-inch carbon filter - Haven’t hooked this up yet, waiting for flower, but the quality looks really nice.
Random 6" Fan - Polemount, kinda like the vivosun’s but its DC so less chance of a fire.
*Still need to get an oscillating fan of some kind.
Apera PH60 - PH Pen, came with a fancy kit, seems nice but a bit slow. I also have one of those cheap ~$11 amazon ones that is quicker that I use to verify accuracy between the two.
HM COM-100 - TDS Pen, Seems decent enough. Not entirely sure on accuracy on this one, need another one at least.
Standard PH up/down + calibration liquids for PH and TDS.
Canna Aqua Vega A/B
Canna Aqua Flores A/B
FloraNectar - Sugar Cane
I don’t know when or if I’ll ever use that florakleen stuff, not planning on flushing after all the reading I’ve done but bought it all beforehand. I tried a bit of the floranectar for feeding the bennies at the start but within 2 days I had what looked like brown snot build up in the res. I had to take everything apart and wash it all thoroughly, including the hydroton. Refilled the res with everything I had except that floranectar and bam, haven’t seen it ever again since.
For the main nutes, I’ve had a buddy using canna coco for a couple years now and he really likes it so I decided to try the canna aqua line. I’ve used the flora trio, cns17, and fox farm trio in the past all with good results but this is my first time with canna products. I couldn’t shell out for that cannazyme and boost tho, I figure the diamondnectar and rapidstart kinda take care of those two along with the two bennies(hydroguard and tribus original).
For this round I originally started with an HSO Bubba’s Gift I got as a freebie from Attitude but it never sprouted at all, gave it 10 days and nada. So I started again with another freebie, Freedom of Seeds - Godberry. This one sprouted within 24hrs. Dropped it in a shotglass with some ph’d water for 12 hours and then dropped in a rootriot plug and yeah, within 12hrs of being in the plug it had popped up. Helped get the shell off and been running ever since.
That was on the 17th. Now we’re a little over two weeks in and she’s looking happy.
This is setup in my basement. Reservoir sits around 66-68 F degrees with the airpump(s) outside the tent. Running top feed for now. Right now it’s sharing the air for the second stone(the one not under the plant) but i’m moving it to its own airpump on a timer here in a couple days… May remove the top feed entirely, later on, but after using the waterfarm system a bit I think it definitely benefits the plant having it on there so planning to keep using it.
Light is around 30" from the top of the plant, started dimmed as low as possible which was 125w at the wall and 8k lux at the plant, slowly been increasing as time goes by, up to 160w at the wall and ~25k lux at the plant if my phone is accurate. Should be somewhere around 400 ppfd, Would be around 300 ppfd if my phone is not accurate and my cheap lux meter is as it says about 18k lux… Driver is remote mounted outside the tent to keep heat down.
Temp stays around 74 F currently with lights on, and around 64 with lights off. Also have a small cool mist humidifier to keep the humidity around 65% for now which the vpd chart I’m referencing says is perfect.
The plan is to manifold(nebula’s method) this girl and be ready to flip on the 1st of the new year. I trimmed the growth tips off on the 1st and 2nd node 2 days ago, and yesterday I trimmed off the 4th node. That leaves me with just the growth tips on the 3rd node which haven’t grown out yet, and the other fan leaves which I’m leaving on for now. No sense cutting them off yet just to retard growth even further IMO.
Currently in the res as of yesterdays clean and refill:
4.5 Gallons of tap water - ~200 PPM @ .5 Conversion - PH 5.7
11.25ml CaliMagic (2.5ml/gal)
13.5ml of Canna Aqua A (3ml;/gal)
18ml of Canna Aqua B (4ml/gal)
25ml of Hydroguard (5ml/gal)
45ml Diamond Nectar (10ml/gal)
9ml RapidStart (2ml/gal)
5ml Tribus Original (1ml/gal)
lil ph down
Grand total of 575 PPM @ .5 Conversion
I haven’t had any burn or anything, but I have noticed some of the older leaves turning down a bit, almost like clawing. I do have a fan blowing on her constantly tho so been attributing it to that but not too positive. The leaves only just got that darker green today so I don’t believe it’s nitrogen toxicity either as it was doing it before when they were pretty light green. Been fun times trying to figure out the dose of calimagic I need with these lights as I was a bit mag deficient at the start…
Anyways, any comments/thoughts/ideas are always welcome, Thanks for looking ^^