***EDIT - 9/10/08 Seeds are planted!!! Page 2 for pics.... End Edit*** Hello everyone, I'm new to this here forum! Newly registered at least, I've done lots of research and experimented growing a few times. I recently bought my first place and I want to do it right. I had some problems on my last attempted grow and I cannot figured out what the @#%^ is going on. Has anyone ever has severe problems with their PH? It was like 2 months ago on my last attempt so I cannot remember the exact numbers but here is my problem. I'm doing a hydro grow out of a rubbermaid container. I have two of the long airstones at the bottom producing bubbles. And two 6" net pots with HC pebbles in there. I would go to my bathtub and fill up a 2 gallon container with water and check the PH. It was high. So I would add a bit of PH Down to the water (Grow More brand) according to the directions on the back. (1 tbsp of PH down per 10 gallons. I'd stir, and check the PH but it would not move. I would let it sit for a bit, check again and still no movement,sit overnight and check in the morning and still no movement I would add more PH down and NO movement. Empty out the water and try again, I did this SEVERAL times and it was driving me crazy. I was checking my PH withmy little cheapo rapidtest mini PH test and also my Hannah Combo Gro Checker. It didn't matter what I did the PH would never move. Has anyone ever had this sort of problem or have any thoughts of what I could be doing wrong? The bottles of PH Up/Down that i bought were both brand new and I bought them from a hydro site online. Until I get this figured out, I do not want to start my feminized White Widow seeds because the PH level of my water was way to high. I want to say it was stuck at 8.8 but I cannot remember exactly because I did not write it down. I initially bought a way to small cabient from lowes to do my grow in and I had it stuck back in the corner of my closet. I spent so much time making it but frankly it was just too compact. My Light BARELY fit in the closet. In this closet, is how I did my first "grow" but the PH was too high and my plants did not survice. So, I tore all my equipment out of this cabient and threw it in the trash. I then framed off the far side of my closet so I could have a bigger area to grow. I'm not 100% finished building the room but I'm working on it every day and I should be ready to go shortly. I have all the supplies and equipment to build it, just a matter of time. My Grow closet is 31" W x 39" D x 67" H with the option to go another 22" higher but I'm going to box in the top 22" and have my second project going in there (Fungus!) Last night, I crawled up in my attic to the corner of my house (45 pitch roof), to intall my mega beast exhaust fan. It's serisouly a beast, I have a buddy that works at a local Heating and Air place and he got this fan for me. I have this nasty fiberglass insulation stuff and luckily I work at a Safety Supply Store, so I crawled up in the instillation with goggles, a tyvek suit, and particulate respirator. I tried to go back there at first and after stirring up the insulation I could hardly breathe and itchy itchy itchy. Anyways, I got the exhaust fan installed. I was originially planning on having this exhaust fan out of the top with intake holes at the bottom of my closet. And Then, I was going ot have a cool tube intake/exhaust on my light. But, after hooking up the exhaust fan, it is such a beast I think I can get away with running my Cool tube exhaust to it and also exhaust my closet. Not sure yet, I'm testing it right now to see what temps. I get. List of things I have left to do before I start my seeds: -Figure out PH problem -Build Cool Tube for my light -Extend shelve to seperate my closet into two chambers (bottom for my buddah and top for the fun guy! -Paint the outside, white to match my closet interior -design intake w/ light trap at the bottom of my grow closet -Apply my Mylar Sheeting to completly cover the inside of my grow closet -Light Proof all the cracks -Haven't decided on this on yet, since I went form my grow cabient to my grow closet, I now have 4 times the width and depth I once had. I should prob. redo my rubbermaid container and use two rubbermaid containers...having 2 plants per container..but I haven't decided yet.. I'm leaning towards doing that on my next grow -I'm going to do a SCROG set-up, so I need to put up my metal screen to train the plants. Okay, so here are some pics, Please critique my set-up with suggestions becuase I am new to this.