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Fastbuds dutch bucket recirculating grow

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1 month ago
Indoor
Room Type
Hydroponics
Medium
Topping
Technique
LED (1000W)
Vegetation Lights
LED (1000W)
Flowering Lights
Photos & Videos
Grow Conditions
Week 1
Vegetation
5.08
inch
cm
Height
2
inch
cm
Height
24 hrs
Light Schedule
25
°F
°C
Day Air Temperature
77
°F
°C
Day Air Temperature
6
pH
85
mS/cm
PPM
TDS
0.17
mS/cm
PPM
EC
60%
Air Humidity
No Smell
Smell
21
°F
°C
Solution Temperature
70
°F
°C
Solution Temperature
21
°F
°C
Substrate Temperature
70
°F
°C
Substrate Temperature
25
°F
°C
Night Air Temperature
77
°F
°C
Night Air Temperature
5
gal
l
Pot Size
18.93
gal
l
Pot Size
60.96
inch
cm
Lamp To Plant Distance
24
inch
cm
Lamp To Plant Distance
Nutrients
ml/l
ml/gal
tsp/gal
ml/l
ml/gal
tsp/gal
Commented by GreenMachine GreenMachine
5 months ago

This is my first autoflower and my first led grow. Running a recirculating system that has always worked well with photoperiods for me. Appreciate any feedback on autos. My fastbuds strains have popped up nicely and off to a great start so far.

My setup is 5 gallon buckets lined with 120 micron paint strainer bags. Medium is perilite. Drain is 1/2" pvc pipe set 2 1/2" from the bottom of the bucket. The buckets hold about 1 1/2 gallons of water in the bottom so there is not an issue of drying out if there is ever a water pump or flow issue. They are draining into a 2" pvc that returns to 15 gallon reservoir that is aeriated 24 hours with an aquarium air pump. An aquarium powerhead pump delivers nutrient solution to the plants through 1/8" irrigation tubes.

Currently running 30 minute cycles of water flow every 6 hours. The plants seem to droop a little with more than that. I plan to slowly increase the pump time until i get to 24/7 recirculation.

Lighting with a galaxyhydro 1000w full spectrum led. This is my first experience with led. 24" seems to be a good distance at the moment since the plants are towards the edge of the core coverage area. I have also added a 23w cfl 4" from each plant to stop them from trying to stretch.

Feeding RO water with GH maxi grow line of nutrients. Only going to feed maxigro, maxibloom, and calimagic unless I see any issues.

UPDATE DAY 7. Gorilla glue 2 is not developing very well. I thought it was suffocating in the rockwool, so I cut away enough to expose the taproot on day 5. The roots are slowly making progress.

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HempnainteZ
HempnainteZ week 1

Wow! barley noticed ur pump'n per. or ver. run off back into ur grow like it was hydroponic'z (RDWC)! R u stayn on top off mineralz? If u think about it! It'z kinda like using RO water minus solids!
:thinking_face: That'z a trip, im interested to see were this goes nice I'll stay posted!

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grower_not_shower
grower_not_shower

@GreenMachine, I grew autos two times and used this schedule https://www.growweedeasy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Recirculating-Nutrient-Schedule-custom.jpg Didn't have any problems/nute burns. Do you think your space is big enough for the canopy of 4 plants? If they are good genetics, in those big buckets, two of those could fill the space.

GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@grower_not_shower, Thanks! I really appreciate the info. I agree that 4 will probably be a too much for the space. I would only run 2 photos. I figured it would be better to have too many rather than not enough. I might end up moving 2 if they get too crowded. I have a little room to expand if I set my reservoir under the plants. Just prefer easy access to it.

HempnainteZ
HempnainteZ

@GreenMachine, U no whats up! Keep up the good stoney Im here if u need me!

HempnainteZ
HempnainteZ week 1

I'm Also Run'n 4 F. B. GG Auto Fem'z And 4 F. B. Six Shooter Auto Fem'z In A RDWC I'll Be Posting Soon Wait'n On The Beanz To Pop. Fastbud Auto'z R The Shit!

GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@HempnainteZ,
I have 2 six shooters that I am going to try out on the next one. After a lot of research ot was clear that fastbuds is the only way to go with autos.

HempnainteZ
HempnainteZ week 1

Indeed That Six Shooter And Zkittles Not Only Looks Tantalizing But Have A Huge Yield Property To! I'm Going To Run 2 Each Of Their Zkettles, Gelato, Lemon AK And Dos Si Dos Next When Their Available Zkettles And Lemon Ak Are But I'll Wait Till They All Are And Reap From Clonez And Nugz! Also Remeber Autoz Have A Huge Advantage Their Immune To Power Outages! Well Happy Grow'n Mr Greenthumb I'm Following U And Maybe We Can Help Each Other Out From Time 2 Time Stay Cool My Coworker!

Fast_Buds
Fast_Buds week 1

Good luck with your Zkittlez, Gorilla Glue, and Girl Scout Cookies and welcome to Grow Diaries!

Enjoy growing faster! :grinning:

GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@Fast_Buds, Thanks! I look forward to trying out many more of your strains.

GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@Fast_Buds, would like some advice on my grow please. All of my girls showed pistils between day 21 and 26. They are not hitting flower though. On day 35 now.They have been under 24 hr light from the start. Do you think this is why they are not flowering? Would you recommend cutting the light back or stick with 24? If so, to 20 hrs? 18 hrs? Thanks

Fast_Buds
Fast_Buds

@GreenMachine, Generally speaking, autos can start flowering anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks, I wouldn't worry too much at this point, but let us know how it goes from here!

GreenISR
GreenISR week 1

Nice setup ~

GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@GreenISR, Thanks. It is cheap but effective.

Smowkabowl
Smowkabowl week 1

Talk about an interesting system. Do you not have pH fluctuations by aerating your water? Looks like I could learn a few things from your experience. I'll be tagging along if you don't mind. Your FastBuds look good for their age. They should really start taking off this week once they get their roots going. Check out some of my other diaries, I got some FastBuds going on 4 weeks in coco. Peace

GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@Smowkabowl, Yeah the ph is really the only thing I have to monitor on the system. I usually have to bring it down a little every 3 or 4 days. The GH nutrients seem to buffer it better as I increase the ppm. But a little ph increase isn't always a bad thing. The plants ability to process cal and mag is better at a ph of 7 than 5.5. So it really doesn't hurt to let it climb a little. I will be keeping up with your grows also. Good luck!

Smowkabowl
Smowkabowl

@GreenMachine, interesting, very interesting. Peace

Hybrid
Hybrid week 1

That's really clever lining the buckets with paint strainer bags. That's to keep all the perlite in the bucket, right? Really nice work man. I built a perlite based system once and had to use inline filters to catch bits of perlite - your solution is much more elegant.

I am running my first autoflower grow in a RDWC system and it's much harder to get dialled in than with photoperiod plants. My nutrient EC is only 0.5 - 0.6 which is insanely low (2nd week of flower) but seems to be working OK except the plants start drooping around 2hrs prior to lights off.

Not sure autoflowers are really suited for full hydroponic growing!

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Hybrid
Hybrid

@GreenMachine, Nice - thanks for the nutrient advice. Genuinely useful, cheers man.

Hybrid
Hybrid

@GreenMachine, Sorry, I meant to ask which PPM scale do those numbers relate to? I can measure in CF, EC, PPM 500, PPM 700

cheers!

GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@Hybrid, It is based on 500 ppm scale using RO water

BigDaddyK
BigDaddyK week 1

Good luck , I’ve never seen it grown in pure perlite , take care with the rock wool and stem rot :+1:

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GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@BigDaddyK, Do you have a suggestion for a medium that is better to start seeds in than rockwool? I am not up on a lot of the new stuff out there these days.

BigDaddyK
BigDaddyK

@GreenMachine,I use root it cubes , they are more spongy

GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@BigDaddyK, I will try them. Thanks

farmerbrett
farmerbrett week 1

Hahahahahaha @BigDaddyK I've been doing it since 1996. Perlite and only perlite.... some times I'll add a little vermiculite. You must have forgotten about me DaddyK......

GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@farmerbrett, yeah my first similar setup was in 99. I used to mix half vermiculite but had a lot of overflow issues. Whoever cane up with the piping that just sits in the drain pipe is genius. I used to glue all my drain lines together making the system immobile.

BigDaddyK
BigDaddyK

@farmerbrett,I’ve not forgotten your huge summer Durban poison :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

farmerbrett
farmerbrett

@GreenMachine, I drain on a sloped table. Each bucket is independent, so I can spread or move them around. I usually run 12 Dutch buckets at a time.

farmerbrett
farmerbrett week 1

My perlite Brother :facepunch::sunglasses:.... I never recycle water. I love the set up. Good luck.... I love perlite :heart_eyes: I also run at about 6.5 ph.

GreenMachine
GreenMachine

@farmerbrett, I think everyone should do it that way! Haha

farmerbrett
farmerbrett

@GreenMachine, I don't understand why more people don't... I've almost always get great results.

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