How to build and maintain your own custom bubbler DWC grow

Discussion in 'Grow Log' started by deftdrummer, May 22, 2007.

  1. deftdrummer

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    8-7-07 Day #49 of Flowering.
    Cab Temp: 77F
    RH: 40%
    Nutrient Temp: 75.6F
    PPM: 1200
    pH: 5.8

    Hey there, It's been a while since the last post as I've been very busy. I know you are probably anxious to see some new pictures so here they are. The bud sites are getting very plump and we are very near harvest. The grandaddy purple strain is not known for its high yields but more for its potency. Yesterday we took a trip down to San Francisco to renew or medical script and also pick up some grandaddy purple at the clinic there to see what ours would have to compare to.

    Anyways, the pictures that show full shots of the plants are good examples of what topping can really do for you. Rather than having one large cola at the very top of the plants that hog the majority of the light, we have several smaller mini-colas that branch out from the middle and get virtually equal amounts of light. We are right at the point where some of the leaves are starting to yellow and die.

    To answer some of your questions horrorbusiness: yes, you can use what you linked to for your grow. That is actually what our grow turned out to be since our drippers aren't working too well lately. The bubbler system's water level needs to be just below the net pot for the entire grow. When the roots drop down they will just be suspended and dangling in the nutrients. You can go to the hardware store and buy a sanding bit that basically burns holes in plastic very well, or a regular drill bit works. As far as doing nutrient changes we have two extra buckets that we place the entire mesh pot into just like it were another system. The roots are fine to dangle in the bucket just don't let them sit too long. Happy growing!
     

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  2. deftdrummer

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    NUTRIENT CHANGE

    8-10-07 Day #52 of Flowering.
    Cab Temp: 78F
    RH: 55%
    Nutrient Temp: 75F
    PPM: 126
    pH: 5.6

    Hey all, we performed a nutrient change today with pH balanced water and 1/2 tsp of hydrogen peroxide in each bucket system as we go into the flushing period. We plan on flushing for about a week and then we will harvest. We are basing this decision on the fact that over 1/2 of the trichomes are milky white (cloudy) on nearly all the buds, plus we are at day 52 and the bud sites are weighing down the branches pretty well. As you can see from the pictures we had to do some tieing which was relatively simple. All we did was screw some small screws into the lip of the net pots and tied string around them.

    So far the bucket systems have held up ok, with one of the air stones coming loose, and for a week and a half now we have not had any dripping from the halo's. The pump is still working however, so we have been getting oxygen to the roots which is the important part. We will have to troubleshoot some things once this grow is complete but we are hoping it is just some clogged lines.
     

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  3. deftdrummer

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    Here is some more
     

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  4. orangeman

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    Wow those buds look totally amazing. Those trichomes are just packed on those buds. I'd kill for a few of those cuttings lol.
     
  5. ebsters

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    nice lookin buds.

    Will have to how much you yield. I might want to give this strain a try.
     
  6. deftdrummer

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    hey thanks you guys, can't wait to cut them down.
     
  7. smokedoja

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    BUDS BUDS AND MORE BUDS!!!!! wow thanks for all the great budshots!!! i like how you give us somethin to look at....
     
  8. fosomker

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    Thanks

    Awesome thread. I cant wait to hear the yeild. I am starting a similar system and hope I can get the results you are getting.
     
  9. ganjzilla

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    badass log dude, i cant wait to see the final product...wanna grow in a setup like that soon
     
  10. deftdrummer

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    thanks everyone for the comments, I will be sure to check out your grows and or logs if you have them in the near future. In the mean time, here are some pics to show you what stage in harvest we are in. We did a full flush for about 5 days total with water and hydrogen peroxide to get all the nasties out. We did some semi major trimming the night before the harvest to put the plants in somewhat of a state of shock. By doing this the plants start producing more trichomes as a result of the plant pulling "emergency" nutrients from less valuable parts of the plant to the buds. We have the entire plants hanging in a closet upside down with normal string. The closet is well aerated and also has the oscillating fan at the bottom on low. We are waiting to see signs of stems breaking not just bending this is how you will know your buds are dry enough. Here are some pics.
     

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  11. bongerstonerd00d

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    Nice job, Deft. Since you got new fan keep temps down, humidity down, and air MOVING. That makes it hell for them little mite bastards to survive in. And, since you are growing in garage, I would not worry about hanging a Hot Shot out there. Hell, 99% of the household cleaners and shit we use we aint supposed to breathe those fumes either. If you grow an extra thumb, take it down:D:D

    Again, nice job and enjoy the harvest.

    b0nger
     
  12. deftdrummer

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    We are currently in the phases of clipping / curing / smoking and the smoke is great! Very mellow and not too harsh at all. We can't wait to get a replacement vaporizer, but in the mean time its just blunts and bong rips! Here are some pics. BTW I still don't have any numbers on final harvest but we are keeping track.
     

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  13. fosomker

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    Very nice.
     
  14. deftdrummer

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    thanks for the compliment, more pics to come soon. This stuff smokes crazy and when you smoke enough it is border line hallucinogenic! As you can see from the pics they aren't the biggest nugs in the world which can be expected from a 400W. We were very please however, to even get the denseness that we did from the lower bud sites. There was hardly any lower bud sites that went to waste due to not getting enough light. We owe this to the simple fact that since we did pH and PPM checks twice daily and each plant was subsequently rotated / moved we had even light dispersal to nearly all of the buds.
     
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  15. Earthy Dank

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    those are some very nice buds... very crystallized. Are you making hash? IS this ur first grow? describe the taste and smoke and high... It should be close o cured. How much do you have left?
     
  16. shaggytodope

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    Recirculating dwc NO MORE AIRSTONES!!

    I DONT USE AIRSTONES ANYMORE, THEY CLOG AND STOP PRODUCING THE BUBBLES THEY DID WHEN NEW AFTER ABOUT 3 WEEKS FOR ME AND I CANNOT GET TO THEM TO REPLACE THEM . SO I TRIED THIS AND MAN IT WORKS LIKE NOTHING ELSE CAN! YOU JUST MAKE SUER YOUR FEED LINE GOES TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BUCKET AND PIERCE IT ABOUT 3 INCHES UP AND JUST PUSH YOUR AIRLINE THROUGH AND WHEN THE PUMP STARTS IT MAKES BULLBES JUST LIKE AN AQUARIUM POWER HEAD/VENTURI DEAL! IF YOUR AIR PUMP IS RUNNING YOU GOT BUBBLES, BUBBLES, BUBBLES. A PLUS TO PUTTING THE FEED LINE TO THE BOTTOM IS IF YOU PUT A BALL VALVE RIGHT AFTER YOUR PUMP INLINE YOU CAN SHUT OFF THE WATER FROM BACK SIPHONING WICH I FIND A GREAT PLUS BEAUSE WHEN I DO NUTE CHANGES I JUST LET IT BACK SIPHON AND IT DRAINS MY BUCKETS NEARLY DRY SO I GET A COMPLETE NUTE CHANGE AND IF THE POWER GOES OUT I JUST TURN THE VALVE OFF AND NO OVERFLOW. I JUST RECENTLY REPLACE THE BALL VALVE WITH A 1 INCH SPRINKLER VALVE WICH IS NORMALLY CLOSED AND PLUG IT IN TO A 24 VOLT TRANSFORMER FROM RADIO SHACK, WHEN ITS PLUGGED IN THE VALVE STAYS OPEN, IF POWER GOES OUT IT AUTOMATICALLY CLOSES PREVENTING OVERFLOW FROM BACK SIPHONING, THATS MY 2 CENTSCHECK OUT MY GALLERIE FOR A IMAGE, ITS NOT THE BEST BUT IT WILL SHOW YOU:smokin::thumbsup:
     
  17. deftdrummer

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    Hey Earthy, I knew you would check in when the final yield came! Anyways, we are not making hash but will probably just use the keefer screen to get keef for as long as we can. As far as the taste, my little sister said it tasted like "tricks" the cereal, it smokes very smooth but is very potent. I would say it is some of the smoother weed I have smoked in recent months, even from the clinics. The high is very clear at first and heady, and then transitions into a full body high with slight hallucinogenic effects if smoked in excess. To answer your question, this is not my first grow it is I think my 5th or 4th but it is the first in a recirculating bucket system. Here is the details and some more pics:

    Total Yield: 3.8oz
     

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  18. socialistpete

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    Just read the entire post, Thanks DD for the meticulous notes and photos you have inspired me to get back into hydro.:thumbsup:
     
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  20. xcrispi

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    Nice looking nugz Deft ,
    Plan on another grow soon ? Cooler fall / winter temps will make things much easier on you and most likely increse yields .

    Hey SocPete ,
    Don't give up n this stuff yet bro. , I was watchin you at that "Other" site giving this a try . LOL. And yes Latewoods recipe rocks - I just got a 19 oz. plant in 1 of these buckets , and used his recipe at 1/2 strength in my dirt plants and got 3.5oz. plants in 3 gal. pots . :thumbsup:

    Peace Guys
    Crispi :jointsmile:
     

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