PC box first practice grow

Discussion in 'Stealth / Micro / Cab Growing' started by nokturn, Dec 31, 2012.

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    nokturn

    nokturn Member

    Yo guys, I came across an old Antec case. It's 17" Tall and 6"wide. I ripped it apart and cleaned it then I covered it in Tin foil. And some white paper too. I went out and got a home depot and got an 150W Med Socket, 4 100W CFLs and a socket Y splitter. I have Cotton Candy Kush and Critical Jack herer auto fems so I want to practice with some bag seeds I had saved before I try and grow my nice auto fems. I started germinating 5 in a paper towel then put then in a Styrofoam cup, cut 6 holes on the top and tossed it in the pc box for 2 days. This morning I checked on them and nothing, flushed them with water then put em back in the grow box for 12 hour with 2 of the CFLs running. And these were my results.
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    3 seeds cracked and 2 remain to bust. The water in the paper towel was a little warm but not too warm, I flushed them again with cooler water and then put them back into the box. Here's a few more pictures of the set up. I also need to get some fans as soon as I transplant the survivors!
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    I also found a seed in some dank skunk that I just put into germinate in a different kind of method than the 5 in the cup. For this one I put it in a moist paper towel then in ziplock back that I sliced about 15 holes into.
    My box kinda glows which defeats the purpose of stealth grow, so I have it inside this BENQ monitor box that's give or take 24 inches tall and just about long enough to fix the case. (16")
    Welp this is my cheap grow that I put together, hope it pulls through. :) thanks for reading peace bongsmilie



    Update 1: Transplanted 3 of the cracked seeds like @past times suggested I should.
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    The one in the middle is the closest to the middle light but there's also one to the far right that gets plenty of light from the horizontal CFl.
    There's the top view. The pot on the top is probably getting least amount of light but I'll do something about that eventually.

    And cheers to a bowl of really good skunk!

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    Blazeone1

    Blazeone1 Member

    Dont use tin foil all it does is create hot spots it does not reflect the light. Go to walmart or auto zone and get a car reflector its only like $5 or so. But GL to ya man
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    past times

    past times Well-Known Member

    Couple things, You want to keep them outta the light but warm. That first pic looks like there is too much water in the towel, they want to be damp, not soaking. You can put the cracked seeds in soil at this point, tail pointing down with just a very light covering of soil(Like 1/8th of an inch). And honestly, i wouldn't worry much about the foil with just a few cfls. If you are going to use it have the dull side facing the grow, and if you ever upgrade to a hi output light (MH/HPS), then foil is out. Flat white paint is the next best thing if you can't get your hands on the panda paper/mylar. Just a few things that came to mind when reading your post
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    nokturn

    nokturn Member

    Word! I wasn't sure if I had to wait a little longer to transplant them, and I thought I had to soak them, thanks for correcting my noobish ways! Gonna plant my seedling. I'll let you guys know how it goes.

    If needed I'll just order some mylar, but my temps don't get that high inside the box with just 2 CFLs so I think I'm safe.


    I need some help with getting some fans in here, Im looking for less wire work, so if anyone can suggest some nice compact fans that I can just plug into AC. Would be appreciated. :)
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    D.tea

    D.tea Active Member

    Also you should know the top of your 2 cfl's is not contributing at all to your plants. and your other bulb is not being enjoyed as much as it ought to. You've got to find a way to have to so as much of the side of your bulbs as possible is within 1.5"-2.5" of your plant.
    Also, if you've got your grow in a PC case inside a box, why not just use the box? My first grow started out in an old stereo box. I tell you what cardboard is easier to work with then emptying out PC cases lol (at least the method I used for mine lol)

    Other then that good on ya, and I'll keep my eye in here, love watching how people get their shit done.
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    nokturn

    nokturn Member

    Woord. So you're saying I should point the top of both cfls towards both the pots on the outside and then the 2 sides would cover the pot in the middle?
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    D.tea

    D.tea Active Member

    Yea, definitely, even better if you could get the bulbs flat over all the pots, but if you can't you've definitely got to adjust to the best you can, and that IS neccessary with CFLs.
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    nokturn

    nokturn Member

    Here we go, fixed it up. tumblr_mfwu54uL5m1rjsdmdo1_500.jpg tumblr_mfwu5fFYYI1rjsdmdo1_500.jpg
    Getting the light to hold
    was tricky, but I figured
    it out. Dental Floss<3
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    D.tea

    D.tea Active Member

    Haha, fishing line is what I used :P
    I would say just try to get those cups in a nice little cluster underneath the light, and maybe raise the cups up to the light if you can't lower the light, should be 2in, not much more or less, from the soil.
    I've got to wonder thou..Do you plan to flower in this box?
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    past times

    past times Well-Known Member

    hahaha, nice with the dental floss. Good angle on the bulbs now, but when the girls actaually come out, you will still want to get them even closer. D.Tea is absuletely right. CFL's MUST be in very close proximity to the plant. What soil are you using? Looks dense. You should cut it with at least 25% perlite to help with drainage.
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    nokturn

    nokturn Member

    I'm using some dirt from Home depot, made by miraclegrow seedling started. :P And word, yeah I hope to get some females out of this.'

    I am planning in flowering inside this case, I have other lights I'm using for flowering.
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    Blue Wizard

    Blue Wizard Well-Known Member

    Are you going to flower all of them in there together? I had just one plant in my case, which is a little bigger than yours and I ran out of room quick. :peace:
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    nokturn

    nokturn Member

    I have a partner in crime, so if I grow to much for myself to keep then I'll just pass them down to him to take care of. But I'm just trying to find some females and grow those out. Get rid of males as soon as possible. But out of 5 seeds 3 of them cracked so I'm only really expecting 2 females to be practical. But ^^ I hope they are all females in reality. They will all get a chance to grow. :) At least that's what I hope for. I wish to gain experienced too in the arts of Ganja growth hehe
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    nokturn

    nokturn Member

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    D.tea

    D.tea Active Member

    You'll wanr (practically NEED) a timer come time to flower, so I would say definitely.
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    nokturn

    nokturn Member

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    D.tea

    D.tea Active Member

    Pretty much, it'll come with instructions on how to program it. If you plug a power bar into the device, anything on the power bar will be on the timer.
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    nokturn

    nokturn Member

    Word, well I just ordered the nicer timer. Only the best for my babies<3

    Also, a little update. One of my seeds popped it's head out of the dirt and is starting to show some green. ^^ And the skunk seed I was germinating in the new method sprouted better than any of my other sprouts. I just planted him in the place of some other cracked seeds that just werent growing, going to try and germinate them a little more and then plant them. If nothing happens then I guess they are bad seeds or I did something wrong. But 2 so far are doing really well which is good for me. :)

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    D.tea

    D.tea Active Member

    :( I want seeds that do that! I'm giving germinating another go, but my hopes are low at this point. Anyway, can't wait to see some little girls grow up into real women! :) Got any more questions I can answer? I'm bored as all hell, and can only grow vicariously through RIU members at the moment, so I've got all the time in the world to reply to threads lol, hence taking longer then I needed to with this one.

    Good luck, grow on.
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    nokturn

    nokturn Member

    Word. :) I fucks with that. All I did was dampen a paper towel and put the seed in the middle and close it. I then put it inside a ziplock bag and closed it. But then slit holes on all sides of the ziplock bag for some oxigen. The papertowel remains damp from 3 days ago maybe 4 and now Im germinating two in with the same method in same paper towel. ^^


    Also if you can see here tumblr_mfwpx6SHNY1rjsdmdo1_500.jpg my growbox is inside a cardboard box that I have next to a gaming rig. And I need fans but that's my like limited space so if I installed a fan I would have to do it from the top blowing air down cause of the small space between the cardboard and box. What do you think I should do? And when do I need fans? It does get quite warm in there but not too bad.

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