Hi all, Just starting up a new grow after playing around with a small setup over the last few months and really enjoying the process. I've done LOADS of reading, but I'm sure I've got lots more to learn so any comments or constructive criticism is appreciated. I swear if someone tried to learn everything about growing before starting they would never germinate seed 1. All that aside lets start with what I have so far. Equipment: 3 x Mars Hydro 300w: 1.5’ x 1.5’ footprint 138 true watts 2 x Dual T12 Fixtures: 1x 25w 2500k 1x 23 5000k each 6 x 9w LED spotlights: setup in two groups of three but not sure about placement yet 1 x 7 day programmable timer Not sure I'll sure at all unless someone can think of a way to mount them in my setup that would be worth it Various Other CFLs and 2 Sylvania 65w “grow” light 2X rubbermaid Roughneck 53L totes (extra lids) 30L Water per tote to start, drop to 20L after roots drop (½” bellow pot @ 20) 2x Rubbermaid Roughneck 37.9L Tote (same sized lids slightly smaller capacity) 4X 6” square net pots Slab of rockwool: wasn't paying attention when ordering got a huge slab. Oh well lol. Made my own cubes Marina Air pump (225L Max) 2 X 12” airstones 2 x 1 ¼” x 2’ plastic pipes, elbow and 2 more 3” pieces of pipe I used this to make an easy fill and pump out in the lid of the totes, worked well for “practice” change Grow Space: Picked a little corner of my basement storage room. Tossed up some plywood on the shelving and painted it along with the back wall flat white. Its not great but it was free and took am hour tops. Measures 5'2" wide so with my mars LED footprint its 5" wider on each side than the footprint of my light give or take. The far side (where I take the pictures from) is open. Also the bottom of the area was left open to circulate air around the totes. Also there is a small window in the room that I can open if it gets too warm in there but I doubt it will. Have had thermometer in that room for a few weeks-month now and it stays around 20 degrees regardless. I also have the window taped off if I need to cover it at night and the door is fairly well covered for when flower time comes. Its an easy room to lightproof. Notes about my lights: My 3 LEDs are currently suspended 36" from the tops of the planters which puts them at the recommended height by mars for small plants. I don't plan on cranking them on right away or anything either so they should be good at that high for a while and its easy enough to raise them up anyway. I also have a straitened out piece of coat hanger run through the loops in the mounting wire on one side. Its keeps them from spinning out of alignment. As my understanding each LED is 138 true watts giving me 414 total over an area roughly 5ft x 2ft (6 inches longer and 6" wider than recommended) gives me 41.4 watts per square foot but considering my plants are likely to get bigger than that width (probably spin the totes the other way at some point or possible split them in to 4 totes) I'll need supplemental lighting. I currently have my 6 LED spotlights hung in two fixtures between the larger LEDs but I don't think I'll leave them there as I can't get them close enough to the plants at the right angle and not be blocking more light than they provide. Same problem as my spare bulbs. I might get creative yet though. I also have my 2 t12 ballasts in the back behind the LEDs at a bit of an angle to the pots. I was planning on using these as early lights for when I first transplant to the baskets. They are also fairly simple to lower or raise. I know they aren't the best lights but they were free from house renos and I got about 30 free bulbs :s. And what the hell they add a little extra light too right? Might need it depending how big the plants get Seeds: 10 x Crop King Auto Seeds Got a 10 pack of these seeds. They were easy to deal with and arrived in good time. Really my biggest complaint is that NONE of the seeds are labeled so.... no idea what I'm growing. So I get to be just as surprised as anyone reading this. It not that big of a deal for me but for someone who is serious about their strains probably shouldn't go this way. Other than that cool packaging and impressive color flyers and catalogues come along with so very nice presentation if that's your thing Bubbles Nutes Pump & airstone I'm sure there is some small details I've missed You might see my revegging mutant bastard child from my last grow in a pic or two. It's a long story but its there too. Just for fun. Oh and a clone from its sister. So as I post this its actually been a couple weeks in and I've got stuff on tho go but I'll leave that for the next post. I'm very new to this but if anyone has any questions or comments anything helpful would be great. I'll leave you for now with a Simpsons Quote: "I'm from Canada.... so they think I'm slow eh?"