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    4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    Quick question for the community today. I am considering building a box that is 39''T x 22''W x 16''D and using a 300 watt LED for auto grows and vegging photo's.

    My question is: Will a 4 gallon tote (16 3/4 x 11 7/8 x 7-Inches) be enough to grow a decent sized plant in? I am only looking to harvest about 60 grams or so out of this setup.
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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveAndLetGro View Post
    Quick question for the community today. I am considering building a box that is 39''T x 22''W x 16''D and using a 300 watt LED for auto grows and vegging photo's.

    My question is: Will a 4 gallon tote (16 3/4 x 11 7/8 x 7-Inches) be enough to grow a decent sized plant in? I am only looking to harvest about 60 grams or so out of this setup.

    Use a five gallon bucket and you can keep 15L/4gal in the reservoir most of the time. The smaller the reservoir the harder it is to keep topped off and pH in range.

    I easily average 6oz per plant in my buckets but that is strain, light, nutrient, etc dependent also.
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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    Yes, that's big enough. I used 2.5 gallons of solution for my last grow in the same sized tub. Just under 1.5 oz dried and it was my first grow and I made a lot of rookie mistakes.
    I only had a 48 watt LED as well.

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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gauge Steel View Post
    Yes, that's big enough. I used 2.5 gallons of solution for my last grow in the same sized tub. Just under 1.5 oz dried and it was my first grow and I made a lot of rookie mistakes.

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    That's a great yield for such a small space. I will be buying my new res soon. I have a 300 watt LED arriving today and will be attempting to make my own Pineapple Express auto fem seeds using colloidal silver.

    Did you have any trouble keeping your water temps down?

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    At times I did. Z7 helped but I did see a 77f this spring. I get meds in the mail that require refrigeration, so I take those and seal them in my vacuum thingy. I slipped one in the res when it got like that. I'm not saying that size tub is ideal, it can be done. Inside the house with AC would be fine.

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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    He means the tote for a grow room....not the tote for a grow pot
    Still my 1st grow.. but getting BIG with too many plants

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    I think it's way too small...pot is 10"... Lights bout the same ....leaves hardly any room for plant to grow....maybe some auto strains
    Still my 1st grow.. but getting BIG with too many plants

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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpio420 View Post
    I think it's way too small...pot is 10"... Lights bout the same ....leaves hardly any room for plant to grow....maybe some auto strains
    What?

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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gauge Steel View Post
    What?
    Using the tub as a grow box not as a pot to grow in....
    Still my 1st grow.. but getting BIG with too many plants

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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    I found a great little tub for my space. It is a 6.6 gallon black tote that is about 21"x16"x7"Tall. It should work great for my little setup.

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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    [QUOTE=LiveAndLetGro;3408449]I found a great little tub for my space. It is a 6.6 gallon black tote that is about 21"x16"x7"Tall. It should work great for my little setup.

    Make sure you drill your hole for your air supply through your bottom and not your lid. It makes rez cleaning and turning your plant 180 degrees way easier. I also cut three slits to create a small "hatch" in the lid so i can lift it up and add water via a funnel when needed. I use a piece of duct tape around that hatch as it jambs the hatch lid closed when not needed. I drill a small hole low in the bottom bucket and use a 90 degree elbow with tap from the plumbing section at the hardware store and add clear hose long enough to tuck it under the lip at the top of the lower unit. As you fill you will be able to see water level. No issues with algae, its a small amount of water. You probably know all this but hey. it works for me and dudes passed this kind of chit to me and i am spreading the love. Oh yeah, get a long funnel. Like two feet.

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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    And I appreciate every bit of info you pass along. It should be here tomorrow so I will be able to get everything setup and ready to go. I already started germin a Freedom Seeds Purple Express Auto. Never done an auto before, should be interesting. If my colloidal silver gets here in the next week or so I may try using it to get more auto seeds from the purple express. I think, for the most part, I should have everything I will need to be happy and content with my growing setup. Like I said, the smaller box will be used for veg and silver attempts. Once I have all the seeds I want, I should be setup with a veg and cloning station. I would love to be somewhat perpetual.

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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    Check my blog entries for photos and step by step instructions on what Gauge is describing. I used a 27 gal tote but you can scale down.
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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rifleman View Post
    Check my blog entries for photos and step by step instructions on what Gauge is describing. I used a 27 gal tote but you can scale down.
    I'm checking it out now. *the conversation about the opposite of the opposite on page 5 has me cracking up lol!*

    I have considered doing top feed before but worry about over/under watering problems. I don't know much about those systems. Are there some real pro's to using top feed as opposed to regular DWC?

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    Re: 4 Gallon Tote For Small DWC Box Grow? Will It Be Enough?

    I only top feed until I get roots out of the basket and into the nutrient solution. The tote linked below was made for a specific grow style to maximize root mass both above and below the reservoir. It worked well, but was more labor intensive than I care to repeat.

    https://www.420magazine.com/forums/b...part-1-a-7952/

    https://www.420magazine.com/forums/b...part-2-a-8139/
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