Largest dwc ever??

Discussion in 'DWC/ Bubbleponics' started by Outdoorhydro, Jul 12, 2018 at 2:18 PM.

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    Outdoorhydro

    Outdoorhydro Member

    I keep having this dream, of my backyard scrogged out from a single plant, all stemming from a 55 gallon deep water culture drum.

    My question is, what is the largest deep water culture reservoir for a single plant anyone has seen so far?
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    i saw a craiglist ad near me where a dude was selling a 6 site rdwc made of 55 gal brute trash cans. you'd need 15 ft ceilings indoors but outdoors, the sky is the limit so to speak
     
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    Outdoorhydro

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    My fingers hurt just thinking about trimming that. That's very interesting I didn't even think about multiple 55 gallon containers, I figured one would be more than enough. Can you imagine the water bill!!
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    i'm thinking one harvest of those monsters would cover expenses for a year. lol.

    if you buried a large container up to the lid, the ground temps would help cool it if you do try one outdoors.
     
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    growingforfun

    growingforfun Well-Known Member

    Hydro outside gets to be problematic, water temp above 70 an shit grows in the water an the roots die. So you spend money on water chillers.
    I did 45 gallon dwc inside, was a huge waste of money and effort. Res change sucked, used up so much nutrients. For me a 5 gallon dwc was all I needed
     
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    Outdoorhydro

    Outdoorhydro Member

    I'm doing some trial and error at the moment in my backyard with a small plant, trying to see what can go wrong and how to fix it Outdoors. Keeping in the ground is definitely helping to keep the temps good.
     
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    Outdoorhydro

    Outdoorhydro Member

    Do you have any pictures of this 45 gal setup?
     
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    Indacouch

    Indacouch Well-Known Member

    There's a guy on here doing this in a 5 gallon bucket. He sank the bucket in a hole like you mentioned. Seems he's having algae issues and having to drop a frozen bottle of water in to cool the water in hot days. It is growing though.....lol
     
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    growingforfun

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    No it was like 6 years ago. It was just really large totes with holes cut in the lid an net pots though, hydroton media, and I had like 4 of these really expensive micropore bubble stones that were like 56$ each.

    A 5 gal dwc with those same stones would grow a plant as big as would fit indoors anyways, so it ended up just kinda being one of those dreams that didn't pan out. I think most people have this type of goal after they go hydro an see the amazing results
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    @Jypsy Dog has put up pics of a outdoor dwc cucumber grow. 90+ water temps. he's the one that got me hooked on SouthernAg garden friendly fungicide. i use it in my indoor waterfarms that get up to high 70's with no chiller. same strain as hydroguard but a million times stronger
     
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    rkymtnman

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    check above post. ebay has the GFF for about 15 bucks a pint. i use maybe a mL per 2 gals once a week. and that is way more than i need.
     
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    growingforfun

    growingforfun Well-Known Member

    Ya that's a good solution I guess. Idk.. after seeing how simple outdoor soil is I dont see the reason to run hydro. It would cost more to run hydro, create a situation that opens the door to failure. I mean, it's easy to get a 3 lb plant outdoor in the ground, how much bigger does it really need to be lol
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    very true. my season is a bit too short to do much outdoors. that and the deer around here eat anything green. lol.
     
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    growingforfun

    growingforfun Well-Known Member

    Where are you located vaguely? There's lots of tricks to pull harvest in short seasons! I've been able to pull up to 3 outdoor cycles a year if you want some pointers, but it does become work and planning
     
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    rkymtnman

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    west of colorado springs. elevation is almost 9000ft. i tried one 3 years ago in my greenhouse and it got to be a decent size but then the temps dropped below freezing for a few nites in a row. it had just started flowering too which sucked. was mid to late september if i remember. didn't fell like running an electric heater in an non-insulated g'house.

    it's just easier for me to run indoors and do 2 or 3 pulls a year.
     
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    growingforfun

    growingforfun Well-Known Member

    I agree indoor is nice an easy.

    Since CO is legal, you can really go for it though if you wanted! I'd personally consider blacking out the greenhouse, looking for a pallet jack on craigslist for around 250 they pop up commonly or less, lay down sheets of plywood so you can move it around in and out of the greenhouse, get pallets, get 100 gallon-200 gallon smart pots an goto town. You could easily pull a killer midsummer harvest if not 2. Yes you'll be tied to the house every 12 hours but there's worse things to do with your life lol
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    i agree, outdoors gets some huge harvest.

    but i've got my waterfarms set up as auto feed drain to waste. i can go away for 2 weeks and not worry which is awesome.
     
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    growingforfun

    growingforfun Well-Known Member

    Water farms are nice, I used to rock a set of em.

    I miss my hydro days, it was really fun. But I also spent a lot more on nutrients, had failures, and the noise from the pumps and stuff got into my brainstem eventually
     
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    growingforfun

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    You dont happen to know of any really great air pumps that are nearly silent do you? That's like 90% of what's holding me back from going hydro again. I really do miss it in a lot of ways
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    check out aquacave.com if i remember correctly, look for linear air pumps. they are pricey but silent. what high end aquariums use.
     

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