My new Grow Cabinet

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My new Grow Cabinet

My new grow setup with cabinet and 48" T5 lamps www.htgsupply.com/viewproduct.asp should be here Tuesday, Nov 4th. I'm already thinking I should have gotten a taller, wider cabinet. It is only 48" tall and won't have much more head space than an AG Deluxe once ventilation, lights and grow media is added. Plus some of the nicer hydro setups are wider than 20". We'll see how it goes when it gets here. Maybe I can get this to pass aesthetics muster then slowly work my way to a taller one.

 

Does anyone have suggestions for media? I want to stay hydroponic or aeroponic and may just start by removing the light hoods from my two Deluxes and stick them in there. What do you think? Also, our largest local hydro store invented their own setup but it's a little spendy, I think I could make something similar lots cheaper... ahlgrows.com/hydroUG.html

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Great Bruce! I am so glad

Great Bruce! I am so glad this worked out for you! We all felt so bad for you on Friday the 13th

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Such beautiful plants, Bruce!

Such beautiful plants, Bruce!

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I know I've posted about my

I know I've posted about my green chiles in the grow tent somewhere but can't find it at the moment......??

The Chiles survived having most of their stems snapped in half and probably are better for it since light is reaching deeper into the plants. I've harvested a few green chiles and have about a half dozen almost ready to roast. There are lots of new flowers on the tops so hopefully I'll get a new crop.

 

Canopy, lots of flowers and chiles Anaheim chiles Big Jim almost ready to pick 

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Very nice! These people are

Very nice! These people are vying with Aerogrow for excellence in customer service! Though Aerogrow really does better by phone than email.

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WOW! Sent an email to autopot

WOW! Sent an email to autopot and got a personal reply in two hours, just after 8AM their time. I didn't phrase well how I used the peroxide and he assumed I added it to the tank, but nonetheless.......

Dear Bruce,

The General Hydroponics 3 part series is an excellent formulation. It seems that the micro (brown) bottle is settling to the bottom. I would if possible and to be safe empty the tank, check the pipe lines & AQUAvalve nozzel, you can blow through the nozzel & pipe to see if there is any sediment build up in these parts. Go to the AQUAvalve page & view the video to see how to check & clean your AQUAvalve, give the filter inside the tank a clean too. Open the filter up & check the material inside to see if it is clean or covered in a brown colour.

I would avoid using the air stones they are not necessary & hydrogen peroxide. This will just kill any micro nutrients in the brown micro feed, plus you don t need it the 3 part series is excellent without it, it may well be causing a reaction too. Once you are happy that everything is clean put it all back together, fill the tank with clean water and add the feed again in the correct ratios, mix the water after adding each bottle and then add pH down, try & achieve a pH of 5.8. This will naturally increase to 6.3-6.5 in the tray.

If the same thing happens again, with a brown sediment settling to the bottom of the tank, just leave it, keep an eye on the filter. However if the filter when removed was not covered in brown silt then you really don t have anything to worry about. Don t stir the tank, just re-fill it when required. As the plants mature increase the Ec to 18-22, pH 5.8.

Hope the above helps. Please keep us posted & if you have any other questions please feel free & let us know.

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Huh, re the Air Dome. Well,

Huh, re the Air Dome. Well, you could make one yourself, with some airline tubing and little plastic baskets (hydroponic net cups - they come in assorted sizes). Looks like all it's doing is blowing air into a little plastic cave in the bottom of the pot. Though I wonder about its positioning relative to the water intake holes-through-bottom area... That doesn't look right.

Yep, it's right. There are radial slots that admit water and a raised, round solid part in the middle that looks like they're made to fit on. I think you have a great idea though, wonder if the cup is even necessary, just putting an airstone in the bottom should do it, the slots in the AirDome are going to fill with media eventually I'd think, especially since they still recommend composte for some reason.

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Gisette, I have never got

Gisette, I have never got dark brown stringy bits from my micro, it's completely liquid. The only product I know that has these stringy bits, and is thick, is the Flora Nova range from GH.

I dunno what it is. I shake the bottle, but it does have these occasional strings. But this is the hardwater micro version. Perhaps once upon a time before I got it, it got too hot or cold or something... I'm assuming it's still mostly ok, if not quite the right concentration anymore.

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Huh, re the Air Dome. Well,

Huh, re the Air Dome. Well, you could make one yourself, with some airline tubing and little plastic baskets (hydroponic net cups - they come in assorted sizes). Looks like all it's doing is blowing air into a little plastic cave in the bottom of the pot. Though I wonder about its positioning relative to the water intake holes-through-bottom area... That doesn't look right.

 

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Well, you are mixing your

Well, you are mixing your nutes and aerating the tank so it can't be the nutes separating.

What does that leave then, your water (unlikely), or some form of bacteria/disease... but what?

 

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It's great being a guinea

It's great being a guinea pi...... innovator. . The autopots are strictly one way, the tank is 24" higher than the pots and the autovalves just open when the trays get dry. My gallon jugs of Grow mix and Bloom mix are mixed almost daily as we use them to top off the AGs and I'm using airstones in the autopot tank to keep them mixed and aerated. A jug of the AG nutes may last a week or more and the tank in the autopots is always half to a quarter full (3-7 gal.) so it takes just a matter of days. I posted a lousy picture of the autopot tank on my new tent grow log. It's not affecting my nute levels, in fact the autopot EC is slowly climbing - caused by evaporation I'm sure.

And, as luck would have it autopot introduced the AirDome Dec.1st.....

The AirDome has been designed to increase the amount of air around the root zone in the pot. If you are lucky enough to have power in your greenhouse this little addition can increase yields by up to 130%. It is very simple to use. nce assembled, which will take less than 30 seconds, the AirDome is placed at the bottom of the pot, covered with compost and then connected to an air pump.

It's tempting to try them if I could just get my hands on some, they're only £4.

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