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#1 SHAMAN

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:17 PM

In this thread we will be building a cheap one plant DWC system.
To start we need a Cat litter pail or any other pail with lid will do. I like square pots/pails to maximize my space.
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Then you will need a mess pot, If you can't get one you can make a pot out of a plastic beer cup and a sharp knife.
Place the pot were you want it and trace around it with a marker.
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Next you will want to draw a inner circle making sure the lip of the net pot has something to rest on once the inner circle is cut out..
Also just above the pot hole there is a black dot, That will be the hole for the air line..
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I will be using a mastercraft rotary tool to cut the holes, A hole saw will work much easier.
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Cutting the inner circle. And cut the little hole for the air line.
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Try to make the pot fit as snugg as possible to keep the plant from falling over.
You can see the air line hole to the right of the pot.
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The main pieces The Air pump and an Air stone. you will also need air line/tube.
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Drop the stone to the bottom of the pail, And fish the airline/tube threw the little hole.
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Plug the airline/tube in to the pump.
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Plug in the pump and you have bubble's!!
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I use Fish/SeaWeed Emulsion's for my fert's but feel free to use anything you like. Read the instructions before you use any ferts. you don't want to burn you baby's.
Keep the pot just under the water level till root's show then you can be more free with the water level, but always keep roots submerged/in water, But try to keep it topped up less stress for the roots.
**PH should be between 5.5 to 6.1 for best results between 5.7 and 5.9 is your target**
This system cost me about $20 and I got $10 worth of free cat litter with it..
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#2 SHAMAN

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:25 PM

If all go's well you should have something like this in the end.. Attached File  DSC01752.JPG   591.6KB   458 downloads Attached File  DSC01753.JPG   560.39KB   377 downloads
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:31 PM

SHAMAN you the man the shaman woo woo

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 12:07 AM

wow, $10 of free cat litter too.... man shaman, you have a keen eye for DIY.

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 12:09 AM

Hell of a score!!!! HAHAHA!!!

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 09:05 AM

Pretty cool, Shaman. I'm almost tempted to build one and try a hydro grow myself. 4kaan4

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:00 AM

that is a cool setup idea shaman! great job:)

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:49 AM

Great job shaman,I like the flip top lid you dont have too lift the plant out when adding water.You got the lights top to bottom in that cab.Sweet set up. PEACE

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:54 AM

Another sweet job by shaman. Props to you dude!

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 12:07 AM

ALL BS aside..is there anything you cant do when it comes to MJ?...once again you are my hero..lol

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 02:31 AM

Very cool and thanks for the info!!! I was curious what type of lighting/bulbs i would need for this set up and mess pot size?... Any info would be appriciated~

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 08:33 AM

ALL BS aside..is there anything you cant do when it comes to MJ?...once again you are my hero..lol

If you, SHAMAN, ever plan a book on growing, I would really like to help with proofing, ghostwriting, etc.
I am serious.;)

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 01:50 PM

Very cool and thanks for the info!!! I was curious what type of lighting/bulbs i would need for this set up and mess pot size?... Any info would be appriciated~


In this pic for this plant I'm using; 6-40watt tubes and 4-42watt CFL's
Pot size; I got a bunch of small pots for free, Doesn't really matter on pot size the roots grow in to the pail. Some people say you need atleased a 3in pot..
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 02:11 PM

crap man..when i first got into this hobby i thought the more/stronger the light the better but you sure as hell showed me one nice specimen with even using HID...very nice ill be experimenting in the future with something like this

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 03:28 PM

In this pic for this plant i used; 6-40watt tubes and 4-42watt CFL's
Pot size; I got a bunch of small pots for free, Doesn't really matter on pot size the roots grow in to the pail. Some people say you need atleased a 3in pot..


If you are using a 3" pot, be sure you can secure that plant if it gets too large!

I used 3" net pots in my 2 plants currently in flower, and found that they are not stable enough on top of the tub/pail unless secured by other means as well. Maybe it's because I let the plants get so big...I don't know, but I LOVE these bigger lids w/built in large net pot...uses lots of expanded clay, but really is solid!

6" Mesh Pot/Bucket Lid

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 05:20 PM

Those are real cool lid's.. I made sure to make my holes tight, I had to squeeze the pot in, This help's to keep it from tipping..

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 05:42 PM

no HID and i bet it will still be a very nice harvest...def let me know how it goes

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 06:36 PM

This plant went from 4-15w CFL's and 2-42w CFL's when it was first rooted.
Then I put it under my 400w hps for a bit started fruit/flower, then I put it in my mothering chamber with 6-40w tubes and 4-42watt CFL's.

You all can see it grow in this thread; Kieahtoka & Shaman's under water Adventure

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 07:25 PM

Is there a specific brand of fish/seaweed emulsion that you use or recommend?

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 08:07 PM

I love all fish and seaweed ferts, Organic goodness!! I know what works for me and Iam sticking to it. I gave up on other fert's, They leave a bad taste in my mouth. No matter how long I flush for.. Right now Iam getting a good deal on this stuff; Wilson Fish based All purpose plant food.. N6.P6.K6 for veg and N5.P10.K5 for fruit/flower. Would you believe I am paying 50cent's each for a 500g jug right now cuz it the off season!! Attached File  DSC01764.JPG   614.75KB   36 downloads *****Remember to keep you Fish/SeaWeed emulsion's in the fridge they can and will go bad if left out*****
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 08:31 PM

Wow 50 cents. Hell ya can't get bottled water that cheap here. Now do you mix that with other stuff or just water and pour it in?

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 09:09 PM

I mix 14liter's water to 10ml of fert every second day...Cal/Mag when needed if needed!!(I never really ever use it).

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 09:18 PM

[quote name='SHAMAN']This plant went from 4-15w CFL's and 2-42w CFL's when it was first rooted.
Then I put it under my 400w hps for a bit started fruit/flower, then I put it in my mothering chamber with 6-40w tubes and 4-42watt CFL's.



So, it's still getting 400w.

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 09:25 PM

240watts in tube's and 168watts in CFL's, That's 408watts. It's doing the job!!!

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 09:26 PM

Shaman....where can i get those organic ferts for 50 cents each! i am running through a lot of nutes since im dealing with 3 res. at a total of 70 gallons. my local hydro shop is making a killing off me i know it i spend like 40$ min per gallon per bottle of nutes let alone other things in the mix. can these organic ferts be used in hydro?




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