Hi all! I just signed up today. I've been reading posts on here for months and FINALLY decided to make one of my own. I'll Be Putting some questions at the END of my post that I'd like some feedback on, things I'm still not sure about. The Prologue Sooo... I want to give you all a little bit of background as to why I'm going to be growing. Feel free to skip the next paragraph if you just want to hear about the finer details (good or bad ) My Grow is purely for medical use. I'm starting because my partner has EDS and is currently being subscribed a ton of opiates which aren't good for anyone for prolonged periods of time. As well as the fact that our prescription bills are very high!! I've had some very basic experience with growing in the past, from soil to rock-wool, mothers and clones, all the way up to curing. (but all basic, none my OWN and very amateur). NOW i want to grow, but I have a lot of boxes that would have to be ticked before it became a viable venture. My grow needs to be STEALTHY, FREE OF WASTE, SELF CONTAINED & LOW MAINTENANCE. We both work very hard and long hours. We don't live in the nicest of areas, and we don't have the means of disposing of our wastage. So the REALLY interesting bit My proposed setup is as follows 1m x 1m x 2m tent Amazon Aeroponics (16pot) setup Reflector 300w LED Grow Light (Veg/Flower Switch) Lamp Panel Autoflowering AK-49 Seeds (10 plants) 1inch Rockwool Cubes 2 Small Fans Carbon Filter General Hydroponics Grow, Bloom & Micro Its an expensive set-up as far as set-ups go. But I want this set-up to remain under the radar and really work for me. I THINK my months of research have paid off. (it'd take quite a lot of convincing and hard evidence to sway me on this one!) So to talk though my choices... The tent is a standard tent bought on eBay it came with a 400w Light (in the case of emergency), ballast, fan, carbon filter and lots of other goodies (like a pocket microscope and ph reader) The Aeroponics system is by far the best value for money I've seen. It comes with various options for pot holes (4, 8, 16, even 32) I very much doubt I'll be growing more than 10 plants at once. But I thought it cant hurt to have more holes than i need as long as they are covered up. 300w LED Grow Light is the pricey investment. This is probably the only aspect of the set-up I'm nervous about (yes, more nervous than leaving my babies suspended in a broken aeroponics system while I'm at work) Mainly because of its initial investment and I've never seen an LED light do anything other than flash on my X-Mas tree. The reason I'm trudging into the unknown on this one is because I need "0" heat emission, a lower energy bill (than the 400w HPS) it also comes with a nice switch to go from veg to bloom light spectrum's. Effortless right? Lets HOPE so! Apparently Lumen of 14600? ** I'm going to be running my lights on 23/7 for the most part also. no light cycles for me. this is still up for debate!! Auto AK-49... hmmm, My choice here came down to a few factors that, again, worked well in my head as far as functionality goes. I needed a plant that is going to be fast and my research says "seed to flower in 9 weeks!" I don't want to mess around with mothers and nurseries and not to mention having in excess of 20 plants instead of the 10 I called a limit to. I don't want to have to mess around stress training and/or deciding I'll give them another few weeks in veg (like the mad botanist I am at heart) I want to set them up, sit back and watch them grow with next to no effort in my already busy work-life. Yeild is aparently 30g - 50g but i'd be happy with 15>20g of cured end product. They don't grow any larger than 70cm. Apparently, these plants do STINK, but I do need them to work for medical use and in my experience the nose never lies 1inch Rockwool Grow Medium, now my research tells me that AutoFlowers need as little stress as possible as you have no time to wait for them to recover before stepping them up into bloom. All my research has shown that the best Aeroponics growers go from cuttings into aeroponics, for whatever reasons; Ease, Safety, Etc Etc. For this reason, I've decided (in all my NOOBIE wisdom) to go from Seed to Rockwool in the aeroponics. This is because IF the aeroponics system should for whatever reason fail, there will be a small rockwool cube holding a tiny amount of moisture for the plant to live on while i return home from work. It also acts as a small support at the base (I'm also using plugs and clay pellets for additional support) not that the Auto AK-49 grows that tall anyhow. Although I REALLY want as close to 0% waste disposal as possible, 10 inches cubed of Rockwool is a small price to pay for all the pro's it brings. General Hydroponics Formula's, are another grey area for me (and I HATE grey area's). I've looked at all the nutrient posts and videos I can get my hands on but they all say the same thing. Until you have put them all to use on the strains you are using, "just half the instructions amounts and build it up until you know where you are safe at.. " Well okay, but I want to pro this thing first time round. LoL! Guess I'm going to have to leave SOME things to trial and error. If anyone has any nice tips on grow formulas in Aeroponics and on Auto flowers like I'm doing please feel free to hook me up with replies and Links. MOST WELCOME!! the 3 I'm going to be using are apparently "industry standard", "Grow", "Bloom" & "Micro" are there any OTHER formulas I should think about buying and at what stage in the plants life should I introduce them. Again, please remember I'm using an Aeroponics system not a watering can system. That's about all I can think of that really needs to be brought to light. PLEASE PLEASE feel free to leave me some constructive feedback on this bunch of tech'. I've not purchased this equipment YET, but will be doing so in the coming weeks. I'll also be giving weekly updates on the whole thing. Probably asking a whole bunch more questions and maybe even posting up a few cheeky pics (WIN, lose or draw) for all you big enthusiasts. Peace!