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DWC vs Ebb and Flow

Discussion in 'Hydroponics' started by snakeman, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. snakeman

    snakeman Registered

    Just wondering what everyone's thoughts are for a first time hydro grow. also a fairly small scale operation about 6 plants max
  2. nimo_253

    nimo_253 Registered

    you can't go wrong with either but I would prefer DWC. I've done both and I was able to pull more out of DWC than what I did with E&F.
  3. stinkyattic

    stinkyattic CultiModerVatorAtor

    IMHO if you are running a very small number of plants, and intend to let them get to a decent size before flowering, or if you are growing from seed [unsexed], or running more than one strain, a DWC module for each plant is a really nice method. See treetops, xcrispi, the image reaper, and weedhound grows for ideas. Weedhound has a couple VERY in-depth logs that show the benefits AND drawbacks of the method and how to troubleshoot them.

    Ebb-n-flow is effective if you have access to female clones and want to cram a bunch of smaller plants of the same strain into a smaller footprint.
  4. herbie the love bud

    herbie the love bud Registered+

    Stinky is right. I think ebb and flow is more common for sea of green situations. Otherwise DWC is great. I find it to be pretty easy. I haven't reached a gram per watt yet, but I'm close and on my way.
  5. Help_Needed

    Help_Needed Registered+

    One thing to keep in mind if there's any doubt about you being able to control temps in your grow room - Ebb-n-flow is MUCH more tolerant of non-optimal reservoir temperatures than DWC is.
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  6. stinkyattic

    stinkyattic CultiModerVatorAtor

    GREAT point H_N!
    Temps are a stumbling block for lots of growers. The most tolerant of all is NFT, since the water is in constant motion though the system and tends to air-equilibrate very well. You don't see a lot of growers running it, but you DO see a decent number of COMMERCIAL growers using various types of NFT setups.
  7. herbie the love bud

    herbie the love bud Registered+

    Interesting point about NFT and temperatures. I'm heading towards a HOT summer. What does NFT stand for?
  8. mushaboom

    mushaboom Registered+

    nutrient film technique?
  9. snakeman

    snakeman Registered

    thanks guys I've decided to run a few bubbler buckets, hope it works out

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