Hey Ed, (I have an XBox buddy goes by the name Ask Ed Bloom) I totally agree about the atmosphere here versus ICmag. I don't really like it over there, and there is a lot of hostility... A LOT! I'm glad to hear that you and I are similar in our desire to know as much as possible about this media.
Funny that after all that research there really isn't much too it. It'd be like spending months researching how to make chocolate chip cookies. Eggs, butter, flower, sugar, leavening, and chocolate. BAM! There are a few ways to go about it and in the end it's almost always delicious.
I tell people that if they can make instant pancakes then they have all the skills required for coco. I'm currently trying to find repeatable results that I can put together for a little "Coco: How to." Not that there is one way, but just an inexpensive method to get the community on board. I guess to do for coco what the Lucas formula did for DWC.
I'm doing basil, peppers and cat nip in coco right now as well, just for fun and because I had the space.
I think the only place we differ in advice would be the watering habits. I find my coco grow shows fewer deficiency related issues when watered daily. I attribute this to the high CEC of the media.
I have done the every 3 days thing but I've found magnesium is in high demand when feeding like that for my plants. I'll be the first to admit that my method isn't other's methods, I've done flood and top feed with and without run off. The only real constant I found was that when I could manage to keep the coco moist with a couple hundred ML per day then they were happier than having the dry out. I find the drying out not to be as important in coco as it is in soil and haven't had any overwatering issues even with daily waterings of a filled out root system. Of course this really only applies to mature plants. Young plants, or fresh transplants need to do a little filling out to get to the daily watering stages for me.
Still though, just different strokes, and it shows the malleability of the media. Just for the record I use:
Canna Coco A & B
Canna Rhizotonic (Veg only)
CannaZym (Flowering only)
Canna PK 13/14 (End of stretch)
BioCanna BioBoost (Flowering)
Laying around I have Fox Farms Grow Big and Tiger Bloom. Earth Juice Bloom and Micro. AN Sensi Bloom A&B, Botanicare Cal-Mag plus and Liquid Karma, Humboldt Nutrients Potassium supp (forget the name), and a few others. When growing peppers I find that the iron needs are extremely high, and the Cal-Mag plus is GREAT for my veggies. I'm digging the organicare line now though, Huvega has effing EVERYTHING in it, and a little humic acid never hurts
I knew nothing about coco a year ago and all I want to do is help people find their way to this superior method. I mean, FFOF is alright and all, but it isn't coco. With the ability to cut the media and go organic... There just isn't a good reason not to try it out.
PS. I'm super glad the coco forum got moved into Hydro and out of indoor. My dream is to put together an outdoor grow with this some day. I'd need a backyard though...