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Hello everyone, Im 51yrs old, I have grown stealth before but not the greatest I was afraid to ask others or look up the info. Now that I am legal to grow Medical for me and the wife my comfort levels are up enough. I have been reading and purchasing equipment for a little over 6 months now, I do road construction and its been very rainy here so  funds have been at a all time low for me, so ive had to go cheap over time but have plans to upgrade in the future. So for now i have a 4X4 tent for flowering  and a 5X6 area made from black plastic and mylar blankets for Veg, my lighting plan is (Using what i have) to run the flowering tent on 1 marshydro ts1000, 1 marshydro eco 600, and 2 mars hydro 300w led lamps with the posability of adding in 1 castanoo 1000w and 2 castanoo 300w due to there heavy red, for my seedlings  i have 2 15w led grow lights (look like flouro) and a t8 flouro between them, for the Veg I have 4 viparspectra 300w led lights things may chage with input from others. Planning to grow 6 - 8 plants in each stage of growth with up to 4 mother plants, Nutes are FF trio for soil, calmagic, and Orga grow from Holland for DWC  previously used DR earth organic products with decent results in soil but i tried it in DWC and the results were disasterous. I have a tdd meter a ph meter and ph test kit with ph up and down my water supply runs around 7.8 - 8 ph and 110 ppm.  So im am looking for any useful suggestions or criticism anything negative that is not useful will be ignored. 

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Posted : August 10, 2019 12:32 pm
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Good to have you twisted! Thanks for signing up mate, first off, we all start somewhere, improvise on equipment where we can and make the most of what we have got. There is nothing wrong with starting out cheap 🙂 

It is awesome that you have a legal card and able to grow legally for yourself and your wife. Congrats on that

Organics dont go well with DWC. When growing organics, you need microbes in the medium to help break the food down, because DWC is soil less, the bacteria have nowhere to live, and shit just gets funky. It can be done, but its not easy, and it stinks lol Salt based nuits are best for hydro mate.

Seedling under a t5 is a good choice, you can also keep your mother under those if you intend to keep the small. This will leave them growing slower than more powerful lights too. 

Are you going to go ahead with DWC? Or organics? 

And also, "anything negative that is not useful will be ignored" This, you wont find anything negative here mate. We are all good supportive growers, just looking to help each other out. We all start somewhere, and its good to ask for help and advice, when you need it, never be shy to ask anything here. The only stupid question, is the one you dont ask 🙂

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Posted : August 10, 2019 12:52 pm
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welcome aboard twisted1

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Posted : August 10, 2019 1:15 pm
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Welcome to percys twisted✌️

Im growing using a ts1000 and it’s a powerful light man! They cover a 3x3 area I believe. Although my area is only 60x60cm.! I’ve used that from seedling to flowering and it’s done well I think. I’m no lighting expert tho 😂  so I think looking at your list of lighting your well covered mate 👍 look forward to seeing your set up and future grows

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Posted : August 10, 2019 2:17 pm
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Whey glad to have you here twisted, looks like you got a nice little set up with lot of room for expansion! 

I'm construction worker too but mostly specialise in carpentry atm!

Make sure you entry our free competition to add that seed collection 😉 sure ya be going through loads in legal state  

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Posted : August 10, 2019 8:34 pm
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Welcome twisted! 

This is a great community, you are in the right place!

 

Look forward to watching the grow!

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Posted : August 10, 2019 11:06 pm
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thanks macky  ill be doing both soil and DWC  I ordered orga grow for hydroponics hope it works well and FF nutes and soil for the rest

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Posted : August 10, 2019 11:22 pm
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go real easy on the nutes in the soil. Its easy to over feed. Only give the plant in soil water, until they start to look hungry. Less is more 🙂 

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Posted : August 10, 2019 11:34 pm
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Todays update  I tryed my hand a FIM  on all seedlings  not sure i left enough or not so it is quite possible i just topped them   I did remove the center light from the seedlings, I moved it and the 4th light out to cover more area when needed. Also closed in the area between the flower tent and veg tent to use as a drying and curing area. I have a 6in fan and a box fan should i cut a hole in the plastic and tape my 6 inch fan in the hole blowing out and use the box fan on low pushing cooler air in at bottom the room i grow in stays at 75 degrees. I also repurposed a old cd stand that each slot holds 3 mason jars  for curing and placed it behind the screens.

dry and cure
skywog fim
NL fim
jw2 fim
jw1 FIM
BW fim
ban fim

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Posted : August 11, 2019 11:35 pm
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Looks good mate, I think one may have gone a bit too far, but you can never really tell until the shoots come. Good luck!!

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Posted : August 11, 2019 11:46 pm
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Another question in the flower tent 4x4 i have 7 lights total wall watts are 910w 

and in the veg tent 5X6 not all floor space will be used  has 556 total wall watts

will only flower 4-6 plants at a time this round  maybe less next go depending what size they get one is a auto so it may remain in the veg tent with clones from these other 5

Do I have enough light? first time with LEDs ive heard so many cut down the leds

 

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Posted : August 12, 2019 12:10 am
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best to leave the auto in the veg tent, 18/6 is best for them. Everything sounds fine with your setup mate. Plenty of light, they will be happy 

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Posted : August 12, 2019 12:17 am
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thanks for the info the whole setup including my germination shelf and lights only pull less than 1600 watts

Im thinking i got this set up right to start perpetual growing soon as i get a couple mothers, before all i could do is one or two stealth never achieved anything great but it done 

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Posted : August 12, 2019 12:27 am
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It takes practise mate, what your are aiming for is progression, perfection will come in time 🙂 Just enjoy the hobby, and enjoy learning. Now youve got a full set up you can do much more

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