Keeping it simple - Coco + Blumats

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by xtsho, Dec 10, 2017.

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    jonsnow399

    jonsnow399 Well-Known Member

    Do you think the blumats will work in a 50/50 coco/perlite mix? I can get perlite cheep, coco not so much.
     
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    DesertHydro

    DesertHydro Well-Known Member

    My mix is 70/30 with fine perlite and works great. If you're gone do more I would make a little pocket around the blumat of mostly Coco

    I can't get Coco where I live. Have to order it or pick up when I'm out of town
     
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    DesertHydro

    DesertHydro Well-Known Member

    Name brand compressed bricks on Amazon or only 18 to $22 with Amazon Prime. If you were going to go that route make sure you flush the hell out of it and check the run off before you use it
     
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    Daveindiego

    Daveindiego Well-Known Member

    These Blumats have spiked the shit out of my humidity. I did move the resovoir outside my tent, but since I haven’t seen any difference I’ll probably put it back in the tent.
     
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    Daveindiego

    Daveindiego Well-Known Member

    I’ve also been fighting my pH levels.

    Big swing from the resovoir and what’s coming out at the end.
     
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    Daveindiego

    Daveindiego Well-Known Member

    I do have to say though that These plants all seem to be thriving right now.

    I’m calling this the start of week 3 of Veg. I’m figuring that I might go until March 1 to flip these. Think I’ll top everything again next week.
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    Big Green Thumb

    Big Green Thumb Well-Known Member

    I, too, have been running the 12 blumat set with the bulkhead fitting, etc. A 13 gallon reservoir has been feeding the coco/perlite (2:1 ratio), using Jacks Pro 3-2-1. My last grow was a success for the most part. There have been some issues with the blumats either stop watering the plants, or flooding the plants randomly. I am still not sure just how damp I want the coco - do I want it to be *almost* to the point of runoff? Or more dry? I basically killed one plant that I didn't realize had stopped receiving water/nutes for a couple days. I finally realized and fixed the problem when the leaves were hanging limp and straight down. I check the plants daily and hand water occasionally but not to runoff.

    I just harvested last weekend and am overall very happy with the quality and yield (other than the poor cookie wreck mentioned above). I see some of the blumats have air in them so I will refill them now for the new plants...
     
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    Big Green Thumb

    Big Green Thumb Well-Known Member

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    Platinum blue dream nugs
     
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    Big Green Thumb

    Big Green Thumb Well-Known Member

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    Triple Nova in a 2x3 scrog
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    jonsnow399

    jonsnow399 Well-Known Member

    What brand do you use? I see the botanicare for 21bucks and some 1.75. cu. ft of loose coco for 17 bucks plus 68 for shipping! lol
     
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    Daveindiego

    Daveindiego Well-Known Member

    Dude, if I pull that with this Blumat system, I’ll be very very happy.
     
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    Daveindiego

    Daveindiego Well-Known Member

    I began using the bagged botinicare with Perlite Blend for this current grow. So far so good.
     
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    Big Green Thumb

    Big Green Thumb Well-Known Member

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    jonsnow399

    jonsnow399 Well-Known Member

    I got a 25 lb bag of Jacks, gonna use it after I use up the rest of the gh i have. I have a dozen of the Phat Sack 1 Gallon Transplanter bags coming tomorrow
     
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    Flowki

    Flowki Well-Known Member

    I take it that's 0.75 mkp per gal?
     
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    im4satori

    im4satori Well-Known Member

    yes
     
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    Daveindiego

    Daveindiego Well-Known Member

    Questions.

    How often do you measure your Ph and PPMs?

    Do you check from the resovoir AND the terminal point dripper? I had a massive difference when I checked them last weekend. I ended up dumping 12 gallons and starting over.

    How many gallons per week can I expect 12 plants to use? I put 8 gallons in on Saturday, and will be dumping a bunch on Saturday or Sunday when I refresh.

    Since the amount of feeding is slower than anticipated, I MUST get a air flow into the resovoir, right? I gave it a stir this morning, but otherwise than that, I haven’t fucked around too much with things, as everything seems to be thriving right now.
     
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    Daveindiego

    Daveindiego Well-Known Member

    Also, does anyone add Drip Clean to their resovoir?
     
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    xtsho

    xtsho Well-Known Member

    I only adjust ph when I mix the nutes.
    PPM's don't change in the reservoir.
    I've never bothered checking anything. I mix, ph, and fill the reservoir.
    Gallons used is going to depend on size of the plants, size of the container, temperature, humidity, etc...
    My container is not airtight and I have a small pond pump on the bottom to keep everything circulating and oxygenating.


    I've never used Drip Clean. I bought some PeKacid 0-60-20 which is the same thing but have never used it. I haven't found the need. Less is better.
     
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    Daveindiego

    Daveindiego Well-Known Member

    Thanks.

    I just checked, and found two saucers overflowing. Plants still look fine, just need to get this thing fully dialed in.
     

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