D's 65" Stow N Grow TV
My first grow since I was a teen (17 years ago) ... boy things have changed. All I had back then was a closet and the growers guide as my bible...
Well no closet for me now, no... I need those for practical things like hanging clothes. Besides, with the little ones around and guests I thought it best to go with a smallish stealth grow.
I have been eyeballing this beast for a while and have been biding my time for it to go out on me... I have flip flopped on ideas for what I would do.... aquarium, terrarium... grow.
Well yesterday I was bored and decided I was tired of waiting, I burned one and gutted it. Above pic is with the screen and grill on obviously.
Here's how it looks gutted with the screen and stuff off.
Measures: 48"x58x17 with a 22" recess
The screen slides up and off relatively easy for an adult. The grill just pops off..... in the 6 years i have owned the TV no one has removed either obviously. Of course this opens up for nosey mechanically inclined friends wanting to take a look at my busted tv. I figure id just tell them I was saving it for an aquarium or something one day. Wouldn't surprise them one bit knowing me.
The bottom has screened ventilation holes, I may utilize these.
I have obvious moisture concerns considering its made out of all cheap pressed wood.
Q: What would you guys recommend I coat/line the interior of the box with?
I have easy access to mylar emergency blankets. I also have a hydro store (midwest hydroganics) within driving distance so I can easily pick up some black white plastic sheeting.
But... I was thinking maybe I should paint the inside with a white epoxy paint like you would seal a basement floor with... something with a mold inhibitor maybe?
Or even better can you guys recommend anything you may have used before that worked well for you that would double as a reflective surface?
lighting: I don't want heat and fan noise to be an issue so I am leaning toward LED/CFL.
I found a guy on craigslist selling a Haight 180 Watt LED Grow light PPF-800 for $150
Any of you ever hear of the brand or have experience with them? google doesn't seem to produce a whole lot on them. But I was thinking this light panel and a handfull of cfl's as needed.
Ventilation: I am leaning toward DIY pencup carbon filters for exhaust... but I am not clear on what size hole to drill and for what size and type of fan. I assume computer but need to do more research or user input.
Timers: I love me some automation. Ever since I was a reef keeper I have hung on to my precious reef controller. I can control a series outlets from my laptop with a program called aquanotes. I can set timers, exceptions, pumps, fans ect. Currently its on my 75 gal planted aquarium but thanks to X10 modules I can still use it to control the grow in another room.
Grow Medium: While I think hydro is easily within my means I have decided to take soil route. I used a mix of Organic potting soil, perlite, charcoal and coco fiber and a few handfulls of Dr. Elseys precious kitty natural kitty litter for no other reason than shits and giggles.
Ferts: No idea yet, I would like to stick to growing organic and plan on using nitrogen rich water from when I do water changes on my aquarium. You got suggestions I'd love to hear them
Crop: My first lil gals/guinea pigs are just going to be some decent bag seed I got from a buddy. But once I am confident in my cabinets stability and suitability I will order myself something nice and heady. Maybe blue dream since its a fav of mine.
Here's my first lil seedling getting a dose of some CO2 since my reactor got taken offline when it started leaking water today. Lil gal got to reap the reward.
She had a rough start since I wasn't serious when I first started them. I did the wet paper towel and once sprouted placed them in small net pots filled with a sponge material and partially submerged in the planted aquarium as an experiment.
All but this plantlet perished quickly but this one flourished. After starting to do some serious research and watching all the awesome grow video's on youtube I decided to pull the trigger and start a real build. And here we are!
Any how... its 2am and officially my b-day. Got to get up for work in 4 hours.
Night and please, any and all input is appreciated. ~D3
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