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    First Hydro Attempt

    Hello all!

    Great site man, who new learning could be so much fun.
    This is my little homemade setup.

    4 100 w equivilant cfls
    1/2 strength Canna Aqua Flores A & B
    ph 6

    Seed cracked 8 days ago.
    They went in the baskets 5 days ago.

    I think their off to a good start.





    I have very modest expectations. Any free medicine would be a success.

    Let me knnow what you think.

    Thanks for looking.

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    Re: First Hydro Attempt

    looking good

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    Looking good so far.

    I'll tag along and give help when needed.

    Pan4

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    Re: First Hydro Attempt

    One week in the juice and all seems well.

    ph has not need adjusted since day 3. Stays right at 6.
    Changing reservoir on Sat...day 10. Going to 3/4 strength nutes and maybe lights out...we'll see. Temp stays right around 80-82. Should put me in the 70's for budding. Plenty of roots starting.

    Picking up one of those TDS meters Friday.





    I gotta tell ya, i've read alot of posts with people being a little intimidated by trying to go hydro. So far it's been pretty easy. Hope it stays that way.


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    Looking good man.

    So far your doing great.

    Pan4

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    they look healthy
    do they seem to grow faster in hydro?
    that is a good little set up
    how much was it all to get it together?

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    Welcome home Dan K. MY hubby and I have had two successful hydro grows, its not hard just time consuming. We did learn however that 35% hydrogen peroxide is a plus in healthy root maintenance. We also used green stay throughout the grow along with the nutes and the leaves stayed health and green throughout. We don't have an official weight yet but I will bet that we doubled our take this time around.That is if DJB doesn't smoke it all before its weighed. We aren't experts by any means just wanted to add some helpful information. Good Luck.

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    Re: First Hydro Attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan K View Post
    I gotta tell ya, i've read alot of posts with people being a little intimidated by trying to go hydro. So far it's been pretty easy. Hope it stays that way.

    It is easy...until problems arise. In soil, you may have a little more time to deal with an issue, but in hydro, everything can go sideways in a matter of hours. But I have a foolproof plan to get you through these times...Listen to what you are told!!! Worked for me!
    there are great people already following your grow...listen to them, and before you know it, you'll be cutting bud that you grew.

    Also, get that ph down to around 5.5. I run my res at 5.3-5.9...after alot of studying here Problems, Pests & Disease Control - 420 Magazine I figured out that this was the optimum ph profile for maximum nute uptake.

    Good luck with your grow...I'll be watching!

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    Re: First Hydro Attempt

    pan thanks for staying tuned

    falcor im not the person to ask (first time trying)
    as far as cost...less than 100 bucks...so far

    Dweeden420 interesting H2O2 fact...how much per gallon?

    SouthernWeed i'll drop the ph a little Sat when I change the nutes.
    i wanna be home to keep an eye on them though
    making changes like that



    Thanks for watching.

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    Re: First Hydro Attempt

    Using Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2)


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    There are no doubts about the benefits of using hydrogen peroxide properly in a hydroponics system. This becomes especially true if your nutrient reservoir is kept above 72 degrees. Warm water holds less dissolved oxygen, and therefore encourages the growth of more viruses, fungi, and anaerobic bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide adds oxygen to you water and cleans the water of pathanogens. Benefits include healthier root systems, increased nutrient uptake, thicker stems, and bigger leaves.
    One expert claims it should be used on all soil gardens as well as in hydroponics sytems. Knowing as much as I do about beneficial fungus and micro-organisms and the benefits they provide to living plants, I am shy in taking this advice. However, when this first line of defense fails and plants become sick I often resort to using hydrogen peroxide treatments on my soil grown plants.
    The chemical formula of hydrogen peroxide is H2O2. You may notice it is simply water with an extra oxygen atom. In fact, as hydrogen peroxide breaks down in a solution the result is oxygen and water. Its application helps deliver oxygen to over watered plant roots and helps to sterilize the growing media by killing harmful anaerobic (not oxygen compatible) bacteria and pathanogens that cause disease. This includes bacterial wilt, pythium fungi, fusarium fungi, and others.
    I avoid using the common 3% hydrogen peroxide you normally find at drug stores. This is because such low percentage solutions are unstable, and chemicals are added to the peroxide to keep it from breaking down before it can be used. I did a little research because I did not know what chemicals were used for this, or if the plants uptake these chemicals, or if there was a health risk associated with any of these stabilizing chemicals.
    Hydrogen peroxide is usually stabilized with acetanilide. Acetanilide is a synthetic compound that was first used for its fever reduction and pain killing properties in the late Nineteenth Century. For many years it was utilized as an alternative to aspirin to treat various ailments, but large-scale medical use stopped when the toxic side effects of consuming acetanilide became apparent. This was enough to make up my mind to use 35% hydrogen peroxide instead.
    Firstly, 35% peroxide is caustic and should be treated with the same caution as a strong acid. 35% strength hydrogen peroxide should be readily available at any quality hydroponics supply shop. The stronger concentrations do not use the added stabilizers.
    The recommended dosage is to add 2-3 ml to each gallon of water, however, I use 5 ml per gallon and have never had any problems. At every nutrient change treat your fresh water with hydrogen peroxide. The general idea is to let the hydroponics sytem circulate the hydrogen peroxide solution for about a half hour to let the peroxide work against pathogens and to let the solution stabilize before adding your nutrients.
    The beneficial effects of using hydrogen peroxide last about 4 days. There are some gardeners who add a little peroxide to their nutrient reservoirs every 5 days in between nutrient changes. If you decide to do this, stick to the guidelines and always make sure your solution is thoroughly mixed before exposing your plants roots to it. Another option is to top off your nutrient reservoir with peroxide treated water whenever it is low.

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    Re: First Hydro Attempt

    Yes, and most of the issues I dealt with were during the flowering stage. We got your back though! ;-) Looking great!

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    Re: First Hydro Attempt

    The H2O2 is interesting, but is it nessesary with airstones going?
    I have two 8" airstones going each making mucho bubbles.

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    Dan K check out this link. H2O2 has other benefits besides the additional oxygen molecule.

    Quick Grow South Articles

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    Re: First Hydro Attempt

    2 Week Birthday.

    Changed the res and went to 3/4 strength nutes last night.
    Kept the ph at 6 but going to start inching it down this week.
    Got new bulbs too...4 150 watt soft whites.
    Unfortunately, with the extra 200 watts came an extra 4 degrees.
    Temp was 86 this a.m. so I added another fan.

    Lights are going 12/12 so cross your fingers.
    I'm really pulling for the one in the back on the left, its so short and bushy.


    Close up of my favorite


    Thanks for all the H2O2 info. I'm going to add at next res change.

    Peace

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    Re: First Hydro Attempt

    Looking good Dan K
    I run my tanks Ph 5.5 to 5.8 this is best for nutes in the system.

    Pan4

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