I'm brand new to GrassCity as a member, however i have posted on a couple other forums, focusing mostly on rollitup.org, but have decided to make the transition. This is my second grow in a brand new cabinet, this time all hydro!
- made from a store bought cabinet with some modifications (16" x 30" x 60")
- 24"W x 15"L x 30"T (flood tray size 20"L x 15"W x 5"D)
- resides in cool basement (~15^C)
- 1.5" rockwool cubes for sprouting
- 4" rockwool cubes for growth
- 10L hydroton
- 250W HID HPS/MH electronic Ballast
- 250W MH Bulb
- 250W HPS Bulb
- 13" Wing Reflector with Ceramic Socket
- General Hydroponics FloraNova Grow and Bloom
- Advanced Nutrients Voodoo Juice, Bud Candy, Big Bud
- 2 x 8cm PC case fans in line (in)
- 4" 120cfm inline duct booster with homemade carbon filter (out)
- 4" desk fan (circulation)
- Analog Timer (lights)
- Digital Timer (pump)
- Power Bar
- 30gal Air Pump
- 2 x Air Stones
- 80gph Submersible Water Pump
- 5gal Bucket (res)
- 3 x 1/2" Bulkhead Fittings with Screens
- 4ft 1/2" Clear Tubing
- 20" x 15" x 5" Rubbermaid Tray/Tote (flood table)
- Nivana Venus Fly Trap
- Dynafem Blue Widow
- 2 x Bobs Your Uncle (supposedly fem seeds of unknown strain got 'em from a guy named Bob hence the name)
All 4 have germinated and have been placed in the hydro setup. The idea is to veg them out on 18hrs of light for about 2 months to get them to a good size before heavily cloning for the outdoor season ahead (minus 2 of my favorite strain which will eventually go back into the cabinet) leaving only the main cola to be to flower under 12hrs of light. The clones will then be matured for transplant under the 100W T5 HO fixture I will have in another cabinet/plywood box that is yet to be made. I am using an ebb&flow setup with a 5gal res and a 4.5gal flood tray. I am considering using a screen and scrog'in but have not commited at this point.
The cabinet was purchased from a retail store as a pantry style cupboard. A piece of 3/8" plywood was purchased to replace the flimsy card backing that came with the cabinet. I put a rough coat of paint on most parts before assembly which was conducted as per the manual leaving out the steps to fasten the shelves into the cabinet. After determining an appropriate hight for the shelf, which the resivoir will sit under, it was fastened in place. I found a rubbermaid tote which fit my space perfectly. I added 3 bulkhead aquarium fittings to it, one on the bottom connected to the pump and two out the low side of the container for water level drains. I placed this in a custom frame I made which holds it just over the secured shelf and to the right side of the cabinet. I then added all the necessary holes through the shelf for the tubing to the resivoir. On the left side i created a box which acts partially as a light block for the intake as well as an area for the ballast. In the back of this box is a 4" hole with a vent cap and an 8cm PC fan secured inside. Also, out the side into the grow area, I secured another vent cap and PC case fan which act as intake for the grow space. In the top left of the cabinet I put another 4" hole in which i inserted the duct booster fan into. The duct booster is then connected to an elbow with a length of 4" hose with a vent cap on the end which contains a 1" layer of activated carbon. The entire grow space was then fully painted matte white and touched up with aluminum tape in all the corners and joints. I then secured a 4" desk fan to the left wall of the grow space for circulation. I also added hooks to top of the cabinet to hang my new 250W HID. I still have some light proofing to do on the doors but it should not take long, a little cardboard and some more aluminum tape should do the trick nicely.
The Wrap Up:
Anyways, Overall this grow will be smaller in spacial size than my last but i hope to produce superior quality bud and possibly more of it as well. I hope to keep weekly logs and will check in frequently for any questions, comments, or suggestions which are always welcome! Hope you enjoy my journal!
As Always, Peace and Love,
Edited by PyspherE, 06 March 2012 - 09:50 PM.