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    High Pressure Aeroponics

    It amazes me that none of the e-mags has a separate HP Aero Forum. And yet HP Aero has nothing in common with low pressure or DWC.

    I am on my third HP Aero grow and would love to engage fellow enthusiasts with ideas, and questions.

    Mine is mostly a DIY using Rubbermaid totes and mist heads and pump from Reptile Basics. I have a completed grow journal that combines TAG (True Aero grow) with LEDs.

    Hope you will come out and join the party,
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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    thank you.

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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    Never heard of Hp aero, but I get the idea.

    How are the results?
    ...Full of green dust...

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    Always willing to learn! On with the show~~~~

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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    i'm interested..... pictures of the set up would be nice...

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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    They say "A picture is worth a thousands words" BUT are a thousand words as good as a picture? Hmmmmmm...

    NASA began developing High Pressure Aeroponics (HPA) well over 10 years ago. The purpose: to feed space station personnel in the most efficient manner, using the fewest nutrients. Their entire system is automated. Why HPA? Efficiency, growing to harvest, the biggest plants in the shortest amount of time.

    Nutrients delivered between 50-80 psi, spray as a fine mist aerosol, the most bio-available form.

    Roots are fed in <1 second intervals with 3 minutes in between so the root can completely digest the meal, and dry out just enough to be ready to be fed this way again- 24/7.

    Deficiencies can be adjusted immediately. Ditto Nutrients

    Aero Roots need lots of room around them so that the aerosol can fully coat them. To be TRUE Aero, roots must not collect on the bottom, nor do they grow together forming a canopy. Those grows are named Faux Aero Grow (FAG) You don't want to be a fag do ya? Not that there's anything wrong with it.

    Best Seeds Keep in mind that roots grow as deep as the plants are tall! LST, SCOG, SCROG of genetically tall plants will cause root chamber problems unless your root chamber (RC) is deeper (and wider) than the plant roots would be grown normally.

    I bought my pump, mist heads, fittings and tubing from Reptile Basics. One pump can easily accommodate 4 pods. If you buy there, please tell him I sent you. My chambers are DIY from Rubbermaid.

    During veg this system can be continuous in that the over spray can be recycled back into the rez. Not so in flower, as the plants hormones, and excretions through the roots will pollute the the rez, and screw up the pH.

    In order to properly time feedings (<2 seconds), you need the equivalent of a Sentinel Timer. For about $300 for the entire set up, you an run up to 4 @ 18G pods with 2 cola genotype plants per pod. For the price of one lousy ounce pays for the whole set up.

    I am on my third grow using TAG. It was a huge learning curve, but I explain it all in my Journal, with lots of pics! Google true aeroponic grow with advanced mist system/UFO 90.

    I took a break for the summer. I started back a month ago, but the going has been rough. Mercury was in retrograde, and lots of s*&t was dumped on me, throughout.

    1. Bad pH probe killed 4 out of 5 seedlings: one is hanging on. Probe was 5+ years old. D'oh! Make sure your instruments are current.

    2. Breaker to the pump timer tripped sometime during the night. 4 of 5 roots dried up. One is hanging on, but such set backs in the early stages often creates runts.

    I just germinated 4 more lowryder X bubble seeds (60 day to finish; 2 ft tall), and will wait for real good roots development before transferring from Seed/Clone pod- small DIY rig with twin 12" aero stones. All you need to do is make sure the nutrient PPM is <200, and the temp 60-70 degrees.

    Once transferred to the TAG pod, roots grow first (and like crazy) followed by the top of the plant.

    Any questions?

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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    Where are the pictures?

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    Thanks Pet, but I prefer to stay on this emag. I am new at this. Will check out your future grow with us!! I think you cant PM til after at least 50 posts.

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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    Hey everyone, I know you want to see pics, but I am burned out on doing journals. Plus I need more LED watts, but got the fundsrlo affliction just now.

    And it's a pain to get the pics from my Album then upload it here, or it was a pain over there. I'll look into it. Keep in mind it's a DIY setup.

    It isn't hard to post pics, BUT my prior CPU crashed a month ago (part of the Mercury in retrograde thing) a lot was lost, including imy album of the set up and grow. Sorry, but I tried.

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    Sounds great. But you can't have a build up like that and then not deliver with the pics to support your claims. How do we know you aren't just using this ploy to solicit members of this forum to yours?

    It really isn't that hard to post pictures here, and if you need help you can read the sticky on how to do so. I don't want you to think I am attacking you, but your motives with this journal are still unclear to me.

    I'll be waiting to see what you are working with.
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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    Fair question, but I closed my journal many months ago. I am not soliciting anyone, but let me ask you, do you eat in the same restaurant every day? That would get boring as hell for me.

    I am a member of 4 different such sites. Each offers a different level of experience, and I want to learn as well as share.

    I did try to upload from my Pictures folders, but unfortunately, the electrical issue took out my $4K stereo amplifier, my CPU mother board, I now see my grow journal photo album, along with a ton of other files, including my entire personal and business address book.

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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    See my post below

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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    Hard to see from the size of the pics. I'll go surfing to check out what you're trying to explain.

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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    Finally, but I can't figure out how to make them larger. If you want to see them without the intrusive 420 logo they are in Photo Gallery

    Note the pump is hidden by the 420 logo. The rez is the white container on the far right. you only need 2Gs of nutes to run twin pods. Think of the money you'll save in nutes alone.




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    Re: High pressure aeroponics

    What an ordeal, but I got it now.


    These are what aero roots look like. Note the fish bones. The roots are too wet. Later I got the Sentinel timer which allowed me to drop my feed times down < 2 seconds. The dryness allowed fuzzies to develop all along the fish bones. They then looked like pipe cleaners. More surface area to eat with.

    [img]http: I was growing bag seed. The roots got away from me. Had to stack totes to avoid a huge pile of roots on the bottom.

    Aquatec pump is ~$90



    This was 3 weeks from harvest. I'll look for a closer to harvest shot. Plant was grown under a UFO 90 supplemented with CFLs

    Harvest from UFO 90 Pan is 18" long LED
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