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Hydroponic enthusiasts (hobby/personal growers)

Postby rfari » August 17th, 2011, 4:16 pm

Fellas,
I am looking for tuners that have functional hydroponics systems to test some nutes that I have been working on for past 2 years or so. If you have an NFT, DWC, aero or even a bubbler system between 5 - 25 gallons and grow leafies (lettuce, pachcoi, cabbage), vines (cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins) and herbs (chive, thyme, shadon benni, other) join in!

I would be providing the hydro nutes (at no cost) and all i ask if for is legit feedback (questionnaires to be given, EC, ph readings, product sample and photos).

At this time, I would not be able to facilitate start-up but according to the response, I may help newbies for the sake of this project. Also, no commercial growers as this is just the 'beta testing' phase and I would not want to be responsible for loss of crop and earnings.

Within the next week, I should be ready to start up. PM if interested. Thanks.

//rfari 0X

p.s incase i'm unable to logon to forum, hit me an email rfari@live.com
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Re: Hydroponic enthusiast (hobby/personal growers)

Postby Ignorant Ignis » August 17th, 2011, 4:52 pm

exactly what yuh mean by other ? :lol:

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Postby RoTaRyBoYz » August 17th, 2011, 5:19 pm

WAIT NAH!! IS WEED YUH REALLY HINTING AT DEY??[/size] :lol:

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Postby K74T » August 17th, 2011, 5:24 pm

rfari wrote:p.s incase i'm unable to logon to forum, hit me an email rfari@live.com



YUH MEAN IF YUH GET BAN AGAIN??

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weed ? :|

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Re: Hydroponic enthusiast (hobby/personal growers)

Postby sharkman121 » August 17th, 2011, 5:30 pm

theres a thread on this already, try a search

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Postby rfari » August 17th, 2011, 6:26 pm

sharkman121 wrote:theres a thread on this already, try a search

is there a ched specifically requesting hydro growers to test nutes? or u talking about the general hydro ched?

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Postby sliderz1 » August 17th, 2011, 7:27 pm

remembering mih days wid chemistry.........
hydroponics = WIN

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Postby rfari » August 17th, 2011, 9:15 pm

free nutes!!!

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Re: Hydroponic enthusiast (hobby/personal growers)

Postby bluesteel29 » September 8th, 2011, 5:26 pm

are these base nutrients or supplemental?

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Postby rfari » September 8th, 2011, 5:39 pm

bluesteel29 wrote:are these base nutrients or supplemental?

Not too sure I get you? By base nutes do you mean from reacting chemicals?

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Postby bluesteel29 » September 8th, 2011, 5:58 pm

base nutes = basic nutes u use to run a dro setup
supplemental = nutes u use with base to achieve a desired outcome

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Postby rfari » September 8th, 2011, 6:04 pm

I get you. Yes, its all base nutes. My next step is not to develop hormones or boosters but to work out some kinks with true organic ferts for hydro systems.

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Postby bluesteel29 » September 8th, 2011, 6:10 pm

whats the npk ratios?

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Postby rfari » September 8th, 2011, 6:18 pm

Depends on what is needed. Different NPKs for different crops. Don't have the numbers offhand (not home) but my bananas use about 20-30-40. working on an all purpose banana nute. So far so good. Just waiting for tree to bloom to know if its a success. You grow?

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Postby eurogirl » September 8th, 2011, 8:54 pm

I would loveeeeeeee to get into this ..

but i dunno where to start :| :cry:

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Postby rfari » September 8th, 2011, 9:33 pm

^^ it would be great. I would have offered systems for sale at cost price along with the free nutes but no powerseller status so mods woulda def string me up. I can post links for some simple systems that u can get started with.

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Postby Rooki3 » September 11th, 2011, 1:29 pm

^^ post eet!!!

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Postby rfari » September 11th, 2011, 1:49 pm

safe. would do. stepping out now tho. definitely would post when i get back

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Postby Mark! » September 11th, 2011, 1:52 pm

rfari, but ent u is a army man?

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Postby rfari » September 11th, 2011, 2:07 pm

Lol nah. I'm an elec eng. I feel yuh tryin to f*q me up in smart tho :P

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Postby eurogirl » September 11th, 2011, 8:40 pm

rfari wrote:safe. would do. stepping out now tho. definitely would post when i get back



pm me it ... i'll see what I can do ..

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Re: Hydroponic enthusiast (hobby/personal growers)

Postby rfari » September 11th, 2011, 10:00 pm

Taken from http://www.simplyhydro.com/free2.htm
any questions, feel free to ask and i'll try my best to answer them.

WATER CULTURE SYSTEM

Convert an aquarium into a simple hydroponic system. The plants are suspended on a floating Styrofoam platform. This system is popular for classrooms because the roots of the plants are visible hanging below the floating platform.
MATERIALS REQUIRED
AQUARIUM - Any water tight container with fairly vertical sides will work. Light breaks down the nutrient solution and encourages algae growth so if you us an aquarium you will need to construct a light shield out of cardboard or aluminum foil to keep light out of the reservoir (aquarium). If you wish to view the roots make the light shield (or part of it) removable.

FLOATING PLATFORM - You will need a piece of Styrofoam 1 1/2" to 2" thick. Cut Styrofoam to fit loosely inside the aquarium (or whatever you are using for a reservoir).

PLASTIC CUPS - Use several small plastic or Styrofoam cups to hold the plants on the floating platform. NOTE: We usually use Solo brand 3oz. plastic bathroom cups, but you can use any small plastic cup as long as it has tapered sides.

GROWING MEDIUM - - You will need a small amount of growing medium, enough to fill the plastic cups. NOTE: The Professor recommends using Perlite or a perlite / Vermiculite mix for the growing medium.

AIR PUMP AND AIR STONE - You need to use an air pump and airstone to oxygenate the nutrient solution. A regular air pump designed for an aquarium is all that is required.

HYDROPONIC FERTILIZER * - A good quality hydroponic fertilizer is required, regular "dirt" fertilizers do not contain essential "micro-nutrients". For more information about the differences in hydroponic and "dirt" fertilizers CLICK HERE.

pH TEST KIT * - You will need some way of checking and adjusting the pH of your nutrient solution.

*NOTE: Simply Hydroponics and Organics has an inexpensive "Starter kit" that consists of quality hydroponic fertilizer, a liquid pH test kit (good for hundreds of tests) two bottles of liquid pH adjuster (1 pint pH up, 1 pint pH down) and Instructions. CLICK HERE for additional information.
ASSEMBLY OF SYSTEM
Cut the Styrofoam float to fit the reservoir. Cut the float a little smaller than the opening so that it won't bind up when the water level changes.
Cut the holes in the float to the proper size for the plastic cups that you are using, you want the bottoms of the cups to hang below the bottom of the float but not fall through. NOTE: We usually use Solo brand 3oz. plastic bathroom cups, these require a 1 7/8" to 2" hole.
Cut several holes (aprox. 1/8" to 1/4" dia.) in the bottom of your plastic cups. Add growing medium to the cup. NOTE: if the growing medium falls out through the holes you can put a small piece of fiberglass window screen or small piece of cloth over the holes before adding the growing medium. For more information about Growing Mediums CLICK HERE
CARE AND FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS
Fill the aquarium (reservoir) with water. Mix your nutrient solution as per the instructions on the fertilizer package. Check pH and adjust accordingly. NOTE: The required pH value will vary depending on the requirements of the plant. For more information on pH, CLICK HERE
Attach 1/4" airline to the air stone and place airstone in reservoir. Attach free end of tubing to air pump and plug in air pump to outlet, make sure that there are bubbles coming from the air stone. NOTE: NEVER submerge the air pump in water as electrical shock could occur.
Place floating platform on top of the nutrient solution. Put plastic cups into the holes in the floating platform.
When the plants have used up about half of the nutrient solution you can add WATER ONLY to bring the level back up (do not add fertilizer or you could cause a nutrient build up that could harm the plants). Recheck pH and adjust if necessary.
When the plants have used half of the nutrient solution for the second time you need to change out the nutrient solution by draining the reservoir and then mix a fresh batch. Use the old nutrient solution on house plants or other vegetation.


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Re: Hydroponic enthusiast (hobby/personal growers)

Postby rfari » September 11th, 2011, 10:14 pm

highly recommended for beginners


simple system but i little more pretty


if you have the time and the space, this is for you. its a beginner system as well.


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Postby rfari » September 11th, 2011, 10:19 pm

eurogirl wrote:
rfari wrote:safe. would do. stepping out now tho. definitely would post when i get back



pm me it ... i'll see what I can do ..

any questions or help constructing your system, feel free to drop it in the ched. i know alotta folks don't know much about hydroponics and consider it to be rocket science. there really isnt anything to it. IMO

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Postby Phone Surgeon » September 11th, 2011, 11:07 pm

no time to organise mine yes, hoping to get something going by wednesday

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Postby Rooki3 » September 11th, 2011, 11:18 pm



imma do this over the course of next month, but i'm gonaa keep it indoors, i'll setup some kinda lighting system

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Postby Razkal » September 11th, 2011, 11:34 pm

^lighting system? indoors?...rookie3, you have just gained suspect status.

:lol:

this thread slightly suspicious hahaha!.. but really good info anyway. trini's need to do more home gardening, depend less on grocery sheit, grow nice clean veggies and seasoning at home...this is a great way to do it well for those who don't have the yard space/yard space to spare.

i wanna try with something simple like lettuce or patchoi, i assume they'll be simpler to grow :|

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Re: Hydroponic enthusiast (hobby/personal growers)

Postby bluesteel29 » September 12th, 2011, 3:33 am

anyone ever tried growing potatoes in dro?

Rooki3 wrote:imma do this over the course of next month, but i'm gonaa keep it indoors, i'll setup some kinda lighting system


depending on what u gonna grow keep in mind ur lighting system may cost more than double wat u paid to make the setup

Razkal wrote:^lighting system? indoors?...rookie3, you have just gained suspect status


:lol:
less bugs/pests to worry about if u have an indoor setup

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Postby Rooki3 » September 12th, 2011, 4:52 am

:rofl:

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