Hydroponic Setup

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by AssGasOrGrass, Sep 16, 2006.

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    AssGasOrGrass

    AssGasOrGrass Active Member

    Awhile back someone asked about the main pieces and instructions on setting up a hydroponic system. I was wondering why the Q was never answered, and would also like to know the cheapest way to make a hydro system with instructions on setting it up.
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    liketowatch

    liketowatch Active Member

    i guess the best ones i used was Deep water, it the method of letting the plant soak in the bucket filled with water, nutes and a air stoned being pumped wtih LOTS of air the only problem is keeping light from reaching the nutes and keeping the water cold around 58-60 degs

    I thought this was much better then other methods because its the only one where you can move and treat each plant as there own.

    when i have time and money i will make a nice setup and doc all of it on here
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    crickitmd

    crickitmd Well-Known Member

    hey how much are you expecting to $pend? like for the whole setup thing
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    potroast

    potroast Uses the Rollitup profile Staff Member

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    AssGasOrGrass

    AssGasOrGrass Active Member

    Thanx alot for the help everyone, i really wanna try a hydro setup as opposed to dirt haulers and all that other shit that someone said to whore up the hydro forum. Yeah liketowatch i really wanna see your setup, try to get it up asap!
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    liketowatch

    liketowatch Active Member

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    SantaCruzBambi

    SantaCruzBambi Active Member

    Watch this video, it was great viewing the process from start to finish, it's a bit long (1hr + few min's) and was very enjoyable and educational.

    POT-TV: Mr. Green: I Grow Chronic

    :peace:
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    Widow Maker

    Widow Maker Nazi Mod from Hell

    Damn you are old. lol. I was three is 78. For now on your new name is Sir. :mrgreen:
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    VictorVIcious

    VictorVIcious Well-Known Member

    I bought one hydro system and used it as a pattern to build my own.
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    OmegaVermelho

    OmegaVermelho Well-Known Member

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    littlepuppet2002

    littlepuppet2002 Active Member

    hey, liketowatch-Is it true that in a DWC you need to maintain a water temp. of no >60f? I have never read this. How would it be done?
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    potroast

    potroast Uses the Rollitup profile Staff Member

    I've never heard that. Maybe what you are thinking about is that in a reservoir when the temps get above 75 F then pathogens can grow, and muck things up.

    Most passive systems and reservoirs would have to be chilled to keep the temp that low. The main thing is to not let it get too warm, but that's the same for the air in the room.

    HTH :mrgreen:
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    liketowatch

    liketowatch Active Member

    sure is true....

    When using the deep water method your water gets HOT sitting under the lights all day. Befor I knew to cool off the water my roots would get nasty looking and grow some slim. After I found out to cool the water my plants grew much better and faster. I used bottles of frozen water everday to cool the water, but a chiller would be best, but your talking 300 claims for them.

    To help fight the heat and light you should paint the buckets black then after they dry paint them white.

    Now I use ebb and flow and my res isnt in the room to help keep it cool and so far so good.

    gooood luck
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    LadyTokin

    LadyTokin Active Member

    DWC should be 65-75 degrees. Lower you slow plant growth. Higher you risk serious root rot. In veg, under flos, sometimes you do need to heat the water. Use an aquarium heater with a thermostat. Works great.

    Ph should be between 5.2-6.3. Start out lower and gradually let ph rise to about six. Feed them well and check ph next day. It should drop back down significantly.

    One day, if I ever get time, I'm gonna do a DWC 'how to on the cheap' thread. It'll be my way of paying it forward for some great teachers.
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    OmegaVermelho

    OmegaVermelho Well-Known Member


    Yes many growers keep the water at certain temp..like LadyTokin said fish shops have water heaters with a thermostat..altho i´ve never used one and the plants are looking pretty damm good....Peace
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    littlepuppet2002

    littlepuppet2002 Active Member

    How often do you just replace the resevoir with fresh nutes/water instead of just topping off with water every couple of days?
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    potroast

    potroast Uses the Rollitup profile Staff Member

    As long as you do it regularly. An old general rule is to change it every 2 weeks. Now many nute makers are saying every week, I wonder why?

    If you want to be more precise, change the res when you've added back the same amount that the res holds. IOW if you have a 5 gallon res, when you've topped off with 5 gallons, it's time to change.

    Even better than that, use a TDS monitor. All I do is look at the wall, and I know the pH and TDS of my res. Ain't life grand! :blsmoke:
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    LadyTokin

    LadyTokin Active Member

    I wouldn't change the res water until the grow is finished. No need to if you are using GH floranova micro and bloom using Lucas formula. I know of some folks that will to 2 or 3 grows without changing the water out but sludge does build up in the bottom so I would say just change between grows.
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    OmegaVermelho

    OmegaVermelho Well-Known Member

    I change every ten days or so, keeping the res clean and avoiding to level the pH by adding chems to the water in a constant basis are the main reasons why i do it...nute lockups can be very shitty....
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    potroast

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    Reservoir maintenance: that nute soup changes constantly.
    The plants use more water than anything else, that's why we top off with plain water. If you used a TDS meter, you'd know.
    The plants use all of some nutes in the soup, and others accumulate.
    The plants excrete wastes through the roots that build up in the soup.

    After 2 or 3 weeks, that soup is nothing like what you started with. And the plants will grow much better with regular flushing of the medium and new nute mix. Besides, you want to change the nute compostition throughout growth.

    HTH :mrgreen:

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