Building a Small Hydro Tank out of a Tote

Nelson

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Today the tote system passed the first test it produced six good looking females that I moved to the main tank. I am waiting for seeds to hatch to try and get all three totes filled up. That will be fun. 2 more males hit the scrap bucket. I think I like this set up. The third tote will be running on AN nuits Spectra It will be interesting to see the difference in any.
 

Nelson

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Well I thought I would give a blow by blow of getting the nuits and pH adjusted.

Yesterday I measured the pH and it was 6.8. I put a 1/2 cup of white vinigar in 2 litres of water and added it to the water in the tote.

This morning the pH hed dropped to 6.1. Just a fine starting point. I measured the start off PPM just to be sure it wasn't reading very much with the vinigar in it. It read 12 on my PPM meter.

After measuring the pH I started adding the nuits. They are the grow AN Spectra Nuits that come in two bottles. I added 1 Tbl spoon of both AN liquids to a 2 litre solf drink bottle and then put that into the tote. I stirred it around and stuck the PPM meter into it. It now read 254 PPM. I repeated the procedure but this time only added 3/4 of a tablespoon of each AN liquid. Stirred it around again. This time the PPM meter read the nuit level as 428 PPM. I think this is an excellent starting level. Some may disagree so let us hear from you on this.

The final test was to check the pH again after the nuits were added. Nope it read 6.2 pH. The tote infirmarary 3 is ready to take seedlings.
 

Nelson

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Yes starting the plants with a higher notrogen mix has made them grow bigger before they started to show sex. That was my real hope in building these totes. The other one was to have them all sexed before they go into the big bubbly tank that way I don't have to worry about some male sneaking in and fucking everything up big time. It has done that well also. What I wasn't expection is much better root growth than I was getting when they started in the main bubbly tank.

What I have always thought was that the nitrogen didn't produce better root growth. Hmmm. Maybe it does.

I grew the three tanks at different nuit levels to try and access what nutrient level would be best. I don't measure my7 nuits by full strength and half strength. I use my PPM meter. I used 400 PPM in one tote, 600 PPM in the second and 800 in the third. The 800 PPM level out grew the other two by a wide margin. In the Fall when I start up again cause I am closing down for July and August and way two hot to fight it out, I am going to use 800 PPM. For this test I used AN Spectra and got good growth and Vigor

. In the Fall when I start up again I am going to compare three different types of nuits to see if there is much difference. See you in the Fall for the indoor hydro grow.

My over all yield per plant was up about 30 % using the start up totes.

I am considering using a bubbly tote systen for rinsing to see if I can improve the burnability of the two day bucket rinse I am doing now. My guess is that It will so I will add the forth tote for rinsing in the Fall as well. I wonder how many days of rinse I will need and how many water changes in the rinse tote. Oh well feel free to give your opinions. I always value them. Happy growing everyone.