I am currently flowering 2 El Monstre plants in a scrog and decided to start a new journal for round 2. I had no females from the Extrema in round 1 so I'm hoping for better results this time. I learned a bit from the first grow and plan to put my new found experience to use this grow. They are currently in a Rubbermaid tote, but will be moved into the cooler as soon as these others are done flowering.Feel free to post or comment!!
Plants are 8 days from sprout and the clone has been in DWC for the same time.GROW GEAR:
It was started in soil and moved to DWC.
1 El Monstre clone (Sannies seeds)
2 Extrema sprouts (Sannies seeds)
Advanced Nutrients Sensi Grow/Bloom A & B
400 w MH/HPS Aircooled
4x3x6 Handmade Grow Cab lined with Mylar
100 L Igloo Marine Cooler
70 LPM Commercial Air Pump
435 CFM Valuline exhaust fan w/ handmade Carbon Filter
Added some nutes to the rez. Been running straight pH'd water
I plan to do a 4 week veg before flowering. They have been one week under CFL's.
Ready to get them under the MH for the last 2-3 weeks!!
Only have one ballast and its housing the HPS
Waiting on the postman to bring my microscope so I can check the trichs and chop
I topped the plants in the first round but I don't think I'm going to TOP or FIM this round. Wanna see the difference that it makes in a Scrog.
I may LST them until I put them under the screen. First round I put them under the screen during veg and ended up having a male, so I had to pull it out.
The space filled in nicely but it was a pain.
Not sure what my yield will be for round 1, but I'd like to double it round 2. Chopping by the end of the week.
Scope coming today so if they are done then I'll chop today
Got 2 of the 6 inch micropore airstones from Petco today for $5 each and hooked my spare air pump up to them.
So now there are 2 6 inch micropore and 2 10 inch blue stones in the rez with 2 Top Fin 4000 pumps pushing them in a small tote.
I should really have them in a smaller cooler while vegging instead of a tote. No worries with rez temps in the cooler. Totes suck!!
They will be in one very soon..
I had to clean out a small cooler to put them in. I came in yesterday and the rez temp was 74 so I lowered it to 68.
I checked last night and it was 69 and this morning it was 74. So I put them in the Coleman.
Temps should stay down below 70 now.
For those of you who are using totes or Rubbermaids.
Don't waste your time and effort into making them nice. Get a cooler!!
Lowered the PPMs to 350 after I added the stones and switched them into the cooler.
Temps have been at 69 ever since.
The bubble action in this smaller cooler is awesome. Should be plenty of oxygen in there.
I could probably breath in there if I stuck my head under the water. Lol
Plants were looking down before but they are starting to perk back up
Are you putting an ice pack in the cooler?
I don't need an ice pack in there. I don't put anything in my big cooler either. The coolers do a very good job at maintaining the proper temps.
I only had them in the tote to begin with because I was only planning on them being in there for only about a week,
but my buds are not ripe enough to chop yet so I am keeping them under CFL's since I only have one MH/HPS ballast.
I don't like to use ice bottles because they can bounce around and damage the roots or they can freeze the roots if they rest next to them.
Hoping these sprouts make a turn around very soon or they will be pulled up and trashed.
I changed & cleaned out the rez yesterday with bleachy water. Lowered the nutes again to 245 PPM.
I initially wanted to start around 200 PPM but I mixed the nutes and it was 475 so I left it in there to see what they would do.
Which I knew was too high to begin with but I was being lazy and didn't lower them.
Not sure thats what my problem is though.
Checked today and the pH was 6.9 for some reason so I lowered back to 5.8.
Noticed the roots on one of my pots didn't look so good and had a small bit of brown slime on the roots.
So I added a small amount of bleach to the rez to see if that will take care of it.
Opinions vary on that subject. It works for me..
I gave a slight tug on the roots and the roots came off the pot. Bullshit!!
I raised the water level back to 1/4 over bottom of the pot and gonna try to encourage new root growth.
I put covers over my net pots so the light won't penetrate through the hydroton.
It's something simple and I will get it figured out..
Rez Temp 69.6
Cab Temp 78