hello everyone. i'm new here. i'm also new to growing and these forums have been extremely helpful to my education, so i just wanted express a little gratitude to everyone who participates here, newbies and experts alike. i've learned much since being here. a ton of thanks to you all.
pardon the expression, but i'm a little green when it comes to growing. i've been consuming as much information as time allows on the topic, but there's still so much that are big question marks for me. i have started to do a little planning and procuring, and have decided to go the Deep Water Culture route thanks to the influence of these forums on my thinking.
i know that building one's own hydroponics system is a rewarding experience and is easy and yadda yadda yadda, but for me, buying makes more sense than building. when i have the luxury of time, i probably will build my own. but for now, i decided to go with the stealth hydroponics' Deep Water Culture system and have bought the following items from them.
400W HPS Ecostar Deep Water Culture™ Kit w/ Switchable Upgrade
SH Hydroponics, Inc. > 400W HPS Ecostar Deep Water Culture™ Kit
Secret Jardin DR120 Grow Tent
SH Hydroponics, Inc. > DarkRoom Grow Tents - Large
Powerful Vortex Inline Duct Fan / Four Inch 175 CFM
SH Hydroponics, Inc. > Powerful Vortex Inline Duct Fan
Pro Filter Carbon Filters
SH Hydroponics, Inc. > Pro Filter Carbon Filters
at this point, i have the tent set up and i gotta say, it IS bigger than I realized it would be. no matter, i have the room for it, so it's all good. however, now that it's setup and i've placed that tiny little 6 gallon reservoir inside there, i see that i have tons of space to work with. and that got me thinking... is it better to start with only 6 plants, or should i really try to maximize the space and increase the odds of success by introducing additional grow sites? ideally i want the largest yield possible, but i also want to keep the amount of work involved manageable. i have no more than hour a day (sometimes not even that) to devote to this project. can't really spend more time on it than that. i do have a little cash budgeted for expanding the system, but i do want to be smart about how i spend it.
so if you were me,how would you go about planning out this grow room for maximum yield?