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EBB & Gro vs Flood and drain

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by Smokedawg12, Aug 30, 2011.


    Smokedawg12 Member

    Need a professional opinion before I invest in a system. Was thinking either Cap Monster ebb & gro 6 site system (5 gal buckets) or a bontacaire flood and drain table. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Lighting will be 1000w in air cooled reflector running in the secret jardin dr 150

    Jetcidiot Member

    If you are considering a 6 plant system, it seems like you are leaning towards fewer plants. If that is the case, the ebb & gro will work well. You can spread your plants out and grow some trees with it, which is hard to do with a table.

    Consider hanging your light vertically with your plants in a circle around it and rotating them every couple of days for some big producers. Cheers.

    BeaverHuntr Well-Known Member

    The buckets will give you more root space which in turn will let you grow some big ass plants.

    dukeanthony New Member

    YOu can do SOG in an ebb and flow table

    You can also lose everything if the pump gives out
    Algae is also a pain in the ass

    jdmcwestevo Well-Known Member


    this is a much better system than the CAP one. they are the only ones that i will use anymore. that is if you wanted to do a bucket system. since you only want to use a single 1000w i would say a tray system would be better for you to utilize your space better with a SOG setup.

    jdmcwestevo Well-Known Member

    you dont lose everything if you check on your plants atleast every couple days.......also algae only occurs if you dont set up your system correctly i have never had an issue with algae
    Phillip J Fry

    Phillip J Fry Active Member

    i say buckets over table any day. Just built a ebb&flow system, will be using very soon.

    Muffy Active Member

    I say build an ebb and flow with buckets on a table. :razz:

    BigFatFatty Active Member

    Yea that's what I was gonna do originally but I seen the diff results for dwc so I changed real fast...
    Clown Baby

    Clown Baby Well-Known Member

    i vote flood and drain.
    if you want to go ebb&gro style, I'd get a waterfarm over CAPs ebb n gro

    donutpunched Active Member

    I have ebb and grow monster and I am scrog"in it and is is very impressive.......

    Beagle Well-Known Member

    Flood Table, less stuff to break down.

    Either way you go, you can save a ton of money by building the system yourself(can't stress this enough)!

    BigFatFatty Active Member

    Yea something this simple is deff a DIY project and won't be hard...

    Grewdat Member

    If you want something that is going to be easier on you.. get the buckets.

    If you want to maximize your yield potential but for more work get the table.

    We use both buckets and tables. With 9 buckets in a 5x5 space we can do about 4 to 5 oz per plant with 4 - 5ish weeks of veg depending on strain. With the tables we can do about 2 oz per plant and pack about 36 in that space with 2 weeks less veg time.

    So out of a 5x5 space you can pull about 2.5 pounds using the buckets...with less work but more time. Or you can pull about 4.5 pounds with the same space in less time but with much more work. And you'll be needing to find a strain and pheno to work best in your sog and dial it in.

    Tables are great but you are going to lose a couple of feet of headroom as compared to the buckets. However, the yield potential is higher with the table using the SOG.

    For Sativas we like to use the buckets because they allow us to grow out larger plants and running sativas in a table isn't efficient because of the headroom. I have tried to pack as many 64 sativas in 4" cubes on a table.. yielded over 2.5 but man that was a lot of freaking clones to take at once. However we did this with no veg at all and I was happy with the results though I wouldn't do that again.

    So, at the end of the day figure what you want to grow and why you're growing it in the first place. Cash cropper go for a table... head stash go for buckets...and somewhere in between you'll just have to decide how much work are willing to put into your grow.
    Mellowman2112 likes this.

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