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    My first grow, Constructive criticism appreciated.

    Thanks for your website, Nebula. It has helped me start a wonderful new hobby and I have achieved early success. I am only 45 days in, but it looks great. I know your recommendations were not to do hydro first, but it just worked better for my space. I am a rookie, but I can be obsessively detail oriented.

    This post is less about the grow journal and more about the set up I built without all the trial and error. I got my seeds from seedsman. I use GH trio and cal mag and hydroguard. I basically do everything nebula said do. While I didn’t know much about growing, Im pretty handy. I thought it would be good to pass along.

    I have a very large crawl space and a full size door. I tapped into wiring and diverted the line to a hose faucet and made a outlet box and a hose faucet in the space I wanted to use. Don’t wore things if you don’t know how. I put a GFCI/AFCI outlet to protect from shocks or fires.

    I started with a 10 dollar tote from Lowe’s. The big black one with the yellow top ( 27 gallon commander). For my next grow I will probably use 5 gallon buckets or 5 totes and do one plant in each. I used 4 inch net pots and cut 4 inch holes in the top of the tote. Then I taped the entire tote in reflective duct tape. I used 3/4 inch flexible tube with a garden hose adapter for my fill and purge lines. I initially tried to use a pond pump for my changes, but that didn’t have enough power to get it out of the faucet, so I went with a 50 dollar sump pump. Totally worth it. It is pretty loud, so I took another tote and lined it with the cheapest Walmart egg crate foam using spray glue. Now you can barely hear it when it’s on and a change takes about 10 minutes start to finish. Because it is attached to a hose bib on the outside, I just water the grass with the waste water.

    I started in winter so it is cold and dry. I absolutely recommend the 1 ft radiator heater attached to the inkbird controller. I started with the standard size, but it’s too tall. You also need to have an analog heater so it will turn off and on with the controller. In order to shield the tub from the heater, I wrapped cardboard in reflective duct tape. I also recommend a humidifier that lets you set the humidity. It will cost more, but it’s totally worth it. Also, the cheaper one broke. I did not list it. Now they are big enough they make their own humidity and I don’t have the humidifier on.

    Everything else I set up pretty standard. I’m most proud of the water pump to the hose bib.

    Of note. I went through several digital pH meters. They suck. I am sure the pricey ones are good, but I just use the ph strips nebula recommended.

    Here is my stuff with links

    mars hydro TSW 2000
    -grow tent
    cool grows 36x36x6
    commander from Lowe’s
    1 ft tall oil radiator
    -heater plug
    Inkbird day and night controller
    -water thermometer
    -exhaust fan
    AC infinity 4 inch
    -fan controller
    AC infinity upgraded controller
    govee Bluetooth
    -sump pump for exchanges
    -air pump
    Carefree fish aquarium pump
    -top feed pump
    -tubing and garden hose adapter
    Holmes clip fan

    here is my grow so far. I’m only 45 days in.
    Last edited by Jreb04; 03-05-2021, 12:19 PM.

    Hey welcome to the forum. I do not to DWC so no comment on the equipment It you are maintaining all the plants needs in this area my hats off to you You plants look really strong and healthy. We use to live in a house with a cellar dirt floors great area to hang out in ( we were young then ) just watch out for critters/varmints. Best of Luck.
    Smoke Ganja create Peace Respect Nature don't trash the Planet

    Soil grower with coco/perlite mixed in
    indoor/outdoor grower
    1 36"x36"x66" tent- Viparspectra P2500
    1 3x3x6 tent- used in late spring for seedlings both veggies & weed. I have 2 viparspectar 450r for that tent.
    I use a t-5 & 54watt CFL for seedlings
    Sometimes i use plastic sometimes i use fabric grow containers
    Currently using fish/guano during veg growth & FF Grow Big 6-4-4 teens to bloom. Once i see pre-flower i switch to
    Age Old Organics Bloom 5-10-5


      Welcome to GWE! Your ladies look great. Whatever you doing... keep that shit up! Happy growing!
      5x5 Gorilla tent
      Spectrum King SK402 - 2× Optic XL1
      Infinity T8 exhaust fan
      Technaflora nutes
      Nectar of the Gods soil


      • Jreb04
        Jreb04 commented
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        I am only doing exactly what Nebula’s articles say to do. GWE is one of the most well done websites I have ever seen.

      And I thought I had it tough finding the studs in my ceiling to hang my lights. My hats off to you Jreb04.


      • Jreb04
        Jreb04 commented
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        Thanks quirk.

      Switched from 24/7 to 18/6. Trying to make my ladies less bushy and get them closer to the edge. Def slowed down. Not sure if it’s less bushy yet.

      Right was germinated 1/16. Left 1/21. Left is Alien rock candy and right is white widow.

      Left has always been lanky. Right always bushy.
      Attached Files


        I definitely over pruned at the beginning. I FIMd and should have topped. Thank goodness I have healthy plants. I had a friggin bush and had to thin the herd.
        Next time I will top once and make two main branches grow them out. Don’t think I can grow different plants in my scrog. I imagine the alien rock candy on the left will be way bigger than the white widow on the right. Took a bit to figure out how to tuck and not to prune. Should not have listened to the aggressive pruner argument.
        Attached Files


        • SoOrbudgal
          SoOrbudgal commented
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          Oh well another lesson on same strain for a scog seems like you can deal with it as your grow looks great to me. When do plan on flipping?

        What's with that Flexfix silver foil stuff in your pics? Looks interesting.
        600W LEDs (when growing indoors)
        70% John Innes #3 compost. 15% Perlite. 15% coir
        10 inch (3 gallon) pots

        "I can resist everything, except temptation"
        Oscar Wilde


        • Jreb04
          Jreb04 commented
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          It’s reflective duct tape. Got it at lowes

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ID:	510636 Went to 12/12 after prune. I have learned so much. Glad I haven’t totally messed it up.
        Last edited by Jreb04; 04-25-2021, 09:06 PM.


        • DaGreenBlazer
          DaGreenBlazer commented
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          Wow!! That's looking incredible for your 1st grow dude!! Hope they keep blooming as brilliantly as they have been vegging!

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        these are the most recent of them. I am two weeks into 12/12


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          Light was a little close. See the tips
          Last edited by Jreb04; 04-30-2021, 09:19 PM.


          • JeffInCanada
            JeffInCanada commented
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            Holy, that's a lot of bud sites! Nice! Looking green and clean!

          • SoOrbudgal
            SoOrbudgal commented
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            Nice job Jreb04

          Those stems are huge! Is that normal for hydro? Looking good.


          • Jreb04
            Jreb04 commented
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            I messed up with pruning. I didn’t really understand how. It extended my veg time significantly. This will end up being a 6 mo grow.

          Nice looking grow, what nutes are you using?


          • Jreb04
            Jreb04 commented
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            GH trio. Just followed nebulas recipe.

          Here is my most recent pics. As I previously note, I am 5 months in because I didn’t understand how to top and FIM and prune. Next time I will be better. I got the Nutes and the growing part right, just got to be the plant. Click image for larger version

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