Introduction & Question (Feeling Overwhelmed)

Discussion in 'Newbie Central' started by AlexPanth, Mar 20, 2017.


    AlexPanth Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I've been lurking on this site for a while now and have found tons of useful information, so I wanted to introduce myself and thank the community for providing so much information to aspiring growers like myself.

    I'm Alex and I am planning on starting my first grow soon (nothing serious as I don't have much space, so probably looking at a few plants to start of with). I've decided to try growing hydroponically and am in the process of setting up a grow space... but there's so much information that I feel slightly overwhelmed.

    Based on what I've read it seems that majority of the issues relate to maintaining the correct pH levels and ensuring that plants have enough/not too much nutrients. Would you guys agree that this is the case? If so, what would you say would be the best ways to manage this for a novice grower? Any feedback would be appreciated!

    MickFoster Well-Known Member

    What type of hydroponics are you going to do? The issues you stated apply to any type of growing.
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    chemphlegm Well-Known Member

    i felt similar, then I picked up a copy of jorge cervantes grow bible. had littl eto do with any advice I'd seen on forums. followed easy instructions, common sense mostly, took about week. never changed a setting in the rooms, never seen mites, or molds. no clone issues no flowering issues, no veg issues. you can do this in your sleep if you got the check book, dont sweat it
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    coreywebster Well-Known Member

    Hi Alex, Welcome to RIU, Wish you luck on your future grows.

    Pick yourself a hydroponic system, get yourself a quality PH tester and quality ppm/ec meter and double check each time you use them. Measure twice, cut once.. Oh no that's joinery :bigjoint:
    There are a million ways to grow weed and that's why it can be so overwhelming. But really it can be as simple as you want it to be.
    mr buddy

    mr buddy Well-Known Member

    his Alex. it's my first grow and to be honest I read everything. and what everyone was saying !doing! how they did why they did it . what worked for one what worked for another. . pout being there is u panic . and get yourself in a twist on what's best .. my head was in bits . have I got the light right . have I got the heat right . enough air intake. ph.. humidity. . lumin's so on and so on .. best thing to do is keep it simple . I feel the plants tell you what u need to know .. just make sure heat ain't to high or low .. 77f is perfect but 80s can be fine. rule one .... don't over think it ... good luck

    AlexPanth Member

    Hi Mick - I'm planning to set up a DWC system.
    Thanks for the suggestino Chemp, I've heard good things about the Grower Bible before, will need to look for it.

    AlexPanth Member

    Thanks Corey! I'll definitely do that. But from what I read it seems that pH and PPM levels can vary widely throughout the day. How often should I be checking these? I'm not available during the day, so if I leave the plants for 12+ hours, would that be an issue?

    AlexPanth Member

    Hahah, thanks Mr. Buddy, I do think I'm overanalyzing this. Should just go for it and see how it goes, nothing works pefectly the first time.
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    coreywebster Well-Known Member

    I'm not a hydro guy although I have done it in the past, but 12+hours would not be an issue at all
    lio lacidem

    lio lacidem Well-Known Member

    As much as you bring up that Grow Bible im beginning to think your real name may be Jorge.
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    chemphlegm Well-Known Member

    its just like, gosh dammit people, read a frikken book already. I read dozens maybe. no offense to op of course.
    this is the one for people that dont or cant read books, like growing for dummy's even. not just the basics, but soft pages and colored pics too, the kind the youngins drool over, and a hundred or more seed vendors and breeder contacts, and more. its priceless even. I followed the guide lines in it, never had deaths, never had mites, never had stink, or mold, or any issue even. not many say the same I read around town.

    NrthrnMichigan Well-Known Member

    Best bit of advice I can lend, if I may.... Keep your water temps under 68 f and give the water plenty of air. Invest in a decent ph and ec meter. And use the KISS method.
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    dannyboy602 Well-Known Member

    I think a soil set up is easier for beginners but there's probably a dozen hydro growers who'll call me out on thiis. Even use an overused cliche...soil is more forgiving
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    Jon E. Doe

    Jon E. Doe Well-Known Member

    I'm a noob as well. Some things I've learned:

    - DWC can definitely require some "eyes on". In my case, disastrously. But the dividends seem to be amazing.

    - KISS should be the watchword (for me anyway).

    - Anything "hydro" = have a rock solid ph meter, or risk disaster.

    - These plants are tougher fhan you think.

    - Patience, without it, your chances of success decrease... ALOT.

    - Don't try to grow plants, they are programmed to grow on their own, just give them what they ask for.

    I know it all sounds kinda lame, but it's what I've learned, so...

    natureboygrower Well-Known Member

    I still reference this book.about 10 years ago I read about how you can spot preflowers somewhat early on.i told a grower buddy of mine about preflowers (my first grow) he wouldn't believe me.told me something to the extent that books aren't everything,gotta learn somethings from trial and error lol. I finally beat it into his head that preflowers are real lolz.
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    nfhiggs Well-Known Member

    Nothing like jumping in with both feet. If I may suggest though, if your space is limited, look into a Dutch Bucket grow. Incredibly simple to setup and its almost idiot proof.
    14 days.jpg

    All I do is top off the drainage tray as needed and monitor PPMs and PH.

    Edit - That is only 14 days of growth.

    chemphlegm Well-Known Member

    while those are cool for sure, being a few weeks into veg is a bit early to booyaa the technique, and a room full of those may make you feel different about things like exposed water, etc.

    nfhiggs Well-Known Member

    "nothing serious as I don't have much space,"

    Don't think OP is looking to fill up a room, from the sound of it. Neither am I at this point.

    A room full would have a common pump and a common reservoir.

    cool2burn Well-Known Member

    Advanced Nutrients check it out fuck dealing with PH i have not used my pen in half a year after switching

    AlexPanth Member

    Thanks for all the advice guys, it's definitely appreciated! And those are some nice looking plants you've got there nfhiggs!

    A few of you have mentioned that it's important to get a pH pen and a PPM pen to keep track of those levels. I was wondering, do you know if any products exist that would adjust pH & PPM levels automatically based on the readings? I think I saw something on a commercial scale (price was over a thousand bucks) so I was curious if anything existed on a smaller scale that would make the process more "idiot proof" so to speak. And if so, do you think those are useful at all?

    I wouldn't mind paying an extra few bucks if I knew it would ensure I didn't have to worry about constantly checking on that stuff :oops:

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