DWC first timer (in box)

Discussion in 'Grow Journals' started by KaosGboxes, Feb 8, 2018.

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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    So first I'll break down my set up and that way if anyone with more experience wants to give me a few pointers they will know what I'm working with.

    I built a grow box after doing a bit of research.

    Box dimensions: 2x2x4 ft
    MARS HYDRO Reflector 240W Full Spectrum Grow lights for Indoor Plants Veg and Flower
    Axial fan 120 x 120 x 38 mm | Airflow: 110 CFM | Noise: 47 dBA | (inlet fan drawing fresh air)
    Reflectix BP48010 Bubble Pack Insulation (lines all area inside the box minus roof)
    Nearpow Multifunctional Infinite Cycle Programmable Plug-in Digital Timer Switch With 3-prong Outlet
    195 CFM 4" Inch Inline Ventilation Duct Fan (exhaust fan)
    4" dryer vent wall adapter
    4' of 4" dryer vent hose
    8 Inch Air Carbon Filter Odor Control with Australia Virgin Charcoal (exhaust air filter)
    RX Grow Nutrients
    RX Bloom Nutrients
    RX Bulk
    Starter Plugs
    Net Pots
    Air Pump
    Air Line
    2 Eight inch bar style Air Stones
    40 GPH Submersible Water Pump w/ hose (for draining water)
    Ozium Odor Eliminator (just in case)
    1/8 Inch 8-Feet Long Heavy Duty Adjustable Rope Clip Hanger, 150lb Capacity (over kill I know)
    Box photos:
    200928 - Box closed (finished)
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    200940 - Box open (finished)
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    195330 Box open with Axial fan, exhaust duct, and light installed
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    072342 Box open visible storage area where filter and exhaust fan is installed, 14" clearance floor to base
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    072333 Box open, fully set up and operational
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    072357 Photo of programmable timer
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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    First grow details: I'll get you caught up rather quickly with one post to cover germ, sprout, and current veg state.
    I planted my first 9 seeds inside the starter plugs on 1-22-18. I had my first sprout on 1-26-18 and the rest began to come in within the next 72 hours.
    On the 28th I replanted a new seed into plug #8 to see if it will grow and catch up. (I'm checking the plug moisture every 24 hours.
    2-5-18 I changed my water and administered my weekly prescription.
    My chart system:
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    First view of sprouts 1-26-18
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    Week 1 grow view
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    Week 1 water change / feeding (replaced water, lowered level to 1/4" below nets, added grow A-B 20ML each per gal at this water level it holds 2 gallons)
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    Week 1 roots (you can also see the air stones I used)
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    Seed 8 still hasn't broke the surface yet, I suspect the plant will either catch up or not grow at all. Having 8 out of 10 seeds get going is a pretty good ratio if you ask me.
     
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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    Comments welcome
     
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    Cold$moke

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    Nice lil micro cab
    Good work :)
     
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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    Thank you. Hoping to get decent yields out of this set up. Wont be a major operation, but if it keeps me on the level then I will be super happy with it.
     
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    Cold$moke

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    If you nail everything you could probably get 4 onces more or less outa there.

    I grew in a 5x5x5 box for years with a 1 k digi

    I would regularly hit over a pound in there.

    Looks nice and clean
     
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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    Was that dry weight?

    I might have to duplicate this set up or expand to a larger set up if the yields are that low. While I wouldn't need that much at one time, I think I could be self sustaining if I could have a second box and try to time a split where I was drying once a month. At least that's my goal.
     
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    Cold$moke

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    Just build 2

    Yes dry lol
     
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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    Do you ScrOG in your box? I made a top line in the box based on what I read about keeping the tops at least 6-8 inches from the light. Wondering if adding netting across the middle of the box would be better to do or do they sort of naturally do that in a set up like this?
     
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    Cold$moke

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    Yes i used nets .

    Being such a small cab you could probably just top and train a plant to fill it up without one
     
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    richard rahl

    richard rahl Well-Known Member

    Nice man! What strain you running?
     
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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    Well right now I'm not exactly sure.

    The past few years I've been saving seeds, however, I didn't keep them very well. I didn't separate them or label them, I just put them in a farm to vape baggy I had laying around. I think I'll call this first grow the salad bar lol. I'm hoping that I have some colorful flowers come up. Strains I've stuck with were Plat OG, Girl Scout Cookies, Royal Purple, Fire Cookies, Green Crack, and GG OG-#4. Probably have some sour diesel in there too.

    I'll be posting photos so when they start to bloom it will be interested on what features come through and if I can get help identifying them here or via google image searching. Monday is my next grow update and I'll be taking some photos of the progress.
     
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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    Week 2 is in the books and onto week 3.
    I've had some low level foliage have some spotting, slight curling, and a little yellowing. Did a lot of surfing for solutions here in the forums. Adjusted my nuts and they seem to be back on track. The downside is net #8 never took. Tried 2 seeds both failed to launch. Oh well, at least these girls are looking nice. Here's some photos for your viewing pleasure. If you see something that you think I need to watch please comment and let me know so I can stay on top of any issues that might appear.
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    Still way too early to have any type of identifying marks. But when they start to flower It will be cool to see those who happen upon my journal to share their opinion on what strains they might look like. (8 seeds took, it's likely that there might be 5 or 6 different strains growing at once since my seed collection is literally an unlabeled container of randomness.)
     
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    AbeFroman

    AbeFroman Well-Known Member

    Thats a cool cabinet you made. I just worry for you that they will bet to big from seed. Its going to take some time for them to sexually mature and they are going to get massive in flower.. But I hope I'm wrong and hope it works out for you. I'll check by to see how it goes
     
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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    Are you recommending growing clones only in a box? I'm not sure what you mean about growing from seeds.
     
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    AbeFroman

    AbeFroman Well-Known Member

    Yes that would be my recommendation, or a single plant with a scrog. I think you are going to have space issues with that many plants in such a small area, especially in DWC where the growth rate is exceptional.

    Thats just my worthless 2 cents though. I could be totally wrong
     
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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    I've got a fol question. sun leaves are really fighting each other should I trim them and let the thicker fol gather the light or should it sort itself out?
     
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    KaosGboxes

    KaosGboxes Member

    I will definitely keep that in mind. I suppose that this cab if used from seed could be a smart early staging area and in week 4 move the current set up to maybe a 4x4 tent or something similar. Appreciate the input, I'm making notes of suggestions and then researching the options. It's all a learning curve and this forum so far has been very beneficial with the vast amount of threads.
     
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    AbeFroman

    AbeFroman Well-Known Member

    The problem with growing from seed is that they aren't going to flower until they become sexually mature. I'm worried they will get to large for your area by that unless you cut them way back. Just something to consider if you weren't already aware
     
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    Cold$moke

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    It wont hurt a thing if you pull a leaf or few lol

    People get all up tight about it but i guarantee everyone does some type of trimming whether they talk about it or not lol
     
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