Edit: Note that the last part of the title wasn't added by me lol @Jellypowered and @KingGhidora but ill leave it as such haha
Time to start up a new thread for the second half of the year as my setups have changed and the old thread is getting hefty.
So if you would like to read the first part there's the link https://overgrow.com/t/micro-growing-with-mr-sparkle-2018/6897
As per the previous thread here's a some details about what this thread is gonna be about and some background.
I'm Mr. Sparkle, been growing off and on for almost a decade. Started growing when a friend asked me to look after some bagseeds he had started in his window, as he needed a place for them while he moved to a new house. Needless to say i made a light for them and have been growing ever since.
I'm a micro grower and i try to grow the most out of any space i have. I like to grow lots of plants whether for variety or seed making for myself, but i have recently come to the realization that growing fewer plants with ample space allows me to grow better plants overall with minimal training, and it allows me to better gauge there structure for selection purposes. Currently i grow in coco coir "Canna" with MegaCrop as my nutrient just for ease as its currently hard to beat. I have been strictly running Autos only for the last year or so, just because some surprised me when i was giving them a try, but i see a lot of potential in the good varieties and 9 weeks from sprout is very hard to beat, when wanting to play from seed.
Oh and in order to keep my plants small, i limit the amount of root space they are allowed to have, and "Flop", train, prunes as needed.
To progress my own skill and knowledge, share what i can with others, and keep open ears, eyes, and mind to new ideas, as one is never too old or knowledgeable to learn something new.
Current Setup as of June 2018
I'm running a IKEA BESTÅ Cabneit that has been modified for growing duties.
It breaks down like this, the lights are 3x3500k Solstrips. Passive intakes with black filter foam to block light comes in from the bottom sides. Exhaust is handled by a 3000rpm 140mm Noctura Industrial fan which pulls through a simple diy carbon filter. The solstrips have been in essence cool tubed on the heat sink side to reduce internal temperatures and currently two 40mm fans handle that duty.Air circulation in the cabinet is handled by 4x40mm fans.
I run automatic watering systems "varies on setup" that use small 12v pumps which are typically run at lower voltage just to reduce transfer rates.I use two KUGGIS ikea bins with lids as my reservoirs and the lids act as a tray of sorts for the plants, but they have holes drilled under where the pots sit to allow run off to run back into the reservoirs to be reused and to cycle over the water in my coco treating it more like hydro.
Oh and the interior walls are lined with heavy duty aluminum foil which has been spray glued "Super 77" in place. And i guess foam gasket for a door seal and a magnetic Tot-Lok keeps the door shut and sealed.
All said and done its currently tuned to runs at a whopping 100 watts of power from the wall.
This will be a grow journal for my grows and projects, but feel free to join in on discussions about whatever may come up as my previous thread shows.
On with the pics
And a just finished first run with the 4 plants that came out of it. Some of my own Dark Devil F2's "originally from Sweet Seeds" that took 9 weeks from sprout