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crushed brick. clip off branches and leaves growing cactus hydroponicly
removing scale (calcium) build up I set up a hydro system I am using 8 48" cool white bulbs
alternating the two types of light how often to change the nutrient water exhaust out your sewer vent pipe?
which variety best for hydroponics problem gluing the fittings? using 3 liter bottles
growing in a tropical climate? where do i find a pump infested with very tiny, pointy silver/gray bugs
Date:
27 Feb 2000
Time:
19:45:45

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Hey Ron, I have found a free source of old, crushed brick. It seems to be porous enough. Is there any reason why this would not work for a growing medium?

As long as it doesn't leach any unwanted chemicals from the bricks to harm your plants go for it.

Date:
27 Feb 2000
Time:
23:47:00

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what is making my dirt smell like ammonia is it bad fertilizer or is it because the composted worm bed dirt haven't broke down enough to kill a plant instantly can any one answer that i know its not hydro but glad i solved the problem i tried hydro for the first time it worked perfectly

That's normal don't panic.

Date:
28 Feb 2000
Time:
06:42:23

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I am writing a paper on hydroponics as a career and I need the following questions answered for my research. What level of education is needed for this particular career? Do you have to be licensed or certified? Are there any laws that need to be considered before entering this career? Is there a demand for trained employees? What are the salary ranges? What are the advantages or disadvantages of this kind of work? What is a typical day like? Is it more physical labor or administrative? Your help will be very much appreciated! Thank You! UT Student

Date:
28 Feb 2000
Time:
10:22:04

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Hi, I represent a company in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada that manufactures equipment that is removing scale (calcium) build up in water lines and preventing new scale from forming. Is this something that hydroponic greenhouses would be interested in

Yes Very much so.

Date:
28 Feb 2000
Time:
18:33:22

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Hello Ron!! I just wanted to know if a 2 arm sun cycle type of thing can be replaced by alternating the two types of light around my plants? 

I guess it would be better than stationary lights.

Is this really better than normal agro lights? ..one more thing:

By normal agro lights I take it you mean those grow bulbs or tubes. They are good for cuttings or seedlings but your not going to grow much without using HPS or MH.

 What kind of glue is the best?

Regular PVC glue.

(btw, thanks for this fabulous site!!)

Pascal

Date:
28 Feb 2000
Time:
21:07:24

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Hi Ron, I know you have said that you buy what ever tomato plants the store's are selling, but has anyone really determined which variety does the best in hydroponics. I have read that names like Trust,Apollo,Caruso,Perfecto and Trend along with a few others are the best for this type of growing but who knows. They all sound like cigars to me. I thought I might ask for your opinion. Thanks Mike from Mo

www.hydro-gardens.com sells all the varieties you mention plus Jumbo, Kastalia, Cappello, Laura, Buffalo, Blitz, Bounty, Match, Panther, Evita, and Cheresita. All having different growing characteristics. Ask for their catalog. 

Date:
29 Feb 2000
Time:
09:47:21

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What is the price of Rockwool? What is the price of Bag Culture material? What is the price of Pre- made hyrdo. units? What is the price of Patterns for home made hydro units? What is the price for irrigation materials?

Date:
29 Feb 2000
Time:
11:46:04

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Hello Ron, All of the info I've found on the net so far is about hydroponics in seasonal climates. Do you know where I can find out about growing in a tropical climate? Thanks, Ross

Sorry no. Hot climates have just as much of trouble growing as cold climates without a climate controlled greenhouse which can be expensive.

Date:
29 Feb 2000
Time:
15:41:22

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I would like to know how to grow hydroponics roses? I would like to know the growing system, growing mediums, pH, EC, TDS rage, cF, light, temperature, humidity, CO2 and nutrient use for growing hydroponics roses. You can e-mail me at: dallairer@hotmail.com

Me too.

Date:
01 Mar 2000
Time:
07:12:47

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I am a member of your hydroponics site. I have posted these questions many times but i got no answer on them.

Maybe it's the way you ask them.

 I am growing a lot of weed this summer and there was a few questions that i would like to ask you about it. One of them is: Is miracle gro a good thing to use when growing weed? 

You can use just about any kind when growing weeds.

I have heard from friends that it is not good to use because it makes the weed to harsh. If it is alright to use then how often and how much should i use. 

Never heard that.

Another question i have is I heard that you are supposed to clip off branches and leaves off of the plants to make more room for the buds to grow. If this is true, could you please tell how, where on the plant i should trimm and how often.

Here it is again. Pruning Techniques.  

 I was also wondering: What happened to your Hemp Discussion forum? 

Not enough hours in a day to run it. Believe it or not I don't make money with this web site so I can't spend 10 hours a day keeping it going.

I have been on your site a couple of times in the past few days and i have not seen it. I also would like to say that this is definitely the best Hydro site i have ever been on. Well that is all i hope you can find the time to answer my questions because summer is coming soon. I want to grow some shit that is going to make people say "damn that is some really good shit".

Date:
01 Mar 2000
Time:
13:54:01

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I set up a hydro system the other day. I will describe it in detail then if you see any problems with it could you please let me know. Space size = 120cm (4ft) x 50cm (1 2/3ft) x 210cm (7ft) Light = 600watt HPS Auto water = 15 on 30 off Good ventilation Temp varies from 73f top 93f (approx 25c - 33c)

That is a perfect size garden for a 6 ft. light mover to distribute the light evenly to your plants if you can afford one. 93 degrees is a little warm. If you run a 4 inch dryer hose from your light hood to a blower to pump some of the heat out your room would help.  

Date:
01 Mar 2000
Time:
15:35:21

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how often should you change out the nutrient water in the tank?

When it runs lows so you won't be throwing to much away. Or it appears your plants are having a problem then it is a good idea to change it immediately.

Date:
02 Mar 2000
Time:
20:41:25

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Hello, I am trying to build a 16 plant garden. What is the best way to glue the fittings? My problem is following the glue directions per turning a quarter of a turn while pressing on the fitting. Thank You Hydroschmoe

Forget that. Just glue the inside of the fitting and cram the pipe on. I use a hard leather hammer to whack the PVC fittings if they don't go on strait. You got about 1 second to get it strait or you are going to have one funny looking garden. You can use a white rubber mallet from an auto store if you can't find a leather one. A black rubber mallet leaves marks. 

Date:
02 Mar 2000
Time:
21:09:22

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hi i just built two plant system i have a timer that works with 30min settings where do i find a pump to get 24hr. worth of sort setting???? 

Any home improvement store and most pet stores sell submersible pumps.

Date:
03 Mar 2000
Time:
08:12:43

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Hey Ron,I represent a Hydroponic Wholesaler in both Canada and in the US. We offer the latest and greatest in Hydroponic growing techniques-although we have inexpensive (lighting and nutrient) systems available definitely if bigger yields (Tomatoes or otherwise) is what you want-spend a little more or re-invest into your system when you can afford to-it will pay for itself in no time-laughin all the way to the bank Shannon@www.washingtonlighting-ps  let's talk advertising

Give me a brake.

Date:
03 Mar 2000
Time:
20:46:28

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So people have a lot of questions on nutrient solutions I have heard that a 3-20-20 mix by seamax is very gooooood.

Date:
03 Mar 2000
Time:
23:58:12

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Ron, Do you think growing cactus hydroponicly is feasible? If it can be done would it be hard to transplant them to sand/soil so that I might sell them? Your ideas would be welcome. Thanx D

I tried to grow cactus in my gallon drip system and it didn't work. Hydroponics is more for water loving plants.

Date:
10 Mar 2000
Time:
12:25:35

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Ron, I love your site. I built the 11 Plant Garden and transplanted a NorthernLight/Skunk breed into the the system about one month ago. Everything looks good so far. I am using 8 48" cool white bulbs, producing approx. 24,000 lumens, and white posterboard for reflection. The lighting arrangement looks like the top half of a tanning bed. I know I would be better off with a 250w HPS, but I cannot afford one at this point. Am I wasting my time completely or just some. Thanks, Brandon

At least you picked one of the best hybrid plants bread for indoor low lights condition so you may have some luck. At least in the veg. stage but I don't know when it comes to budding them. Never tried to bud under fluorescence lights. 
Ron

Date:
11 Mar 2000
Time:
07:14:14

Comments

Greetings Ron, I have studied and built hydroponic and aquaculture farms for others and finally built a greenhouse of my own. Climate controlled, drip irrigated, 3000sq foot beauty all for under 10K...remind you of you? (inexpensive ingenuity) My question for you is this...I've been recently studying about Wasabi. I know that it has been done succesfully hydroponically in New Zealand. Do you have any info on this plant that might be helpful to me? I have found a source for the plant but I would have to transplant it from soil. If any other small hydro farms wish to comment pleast reply to hydroganics@outerbounds.net I would love to hear from you.

Sincerely, Steve

What kind of a plant is a Wasabi. Do you look at it, eat it, or smoke it.

Date:
11 Mar 2000
Time:
10:34:43

Comments

Quebecgold,

Have you considered running your exhaust out your sewer vent pipe? Usually, there is a Y where the tree comes out of the concrete floor in the basement. Both the pipe and the dryer venting are about 4" and can be easily mated up with duct tape. This way, the air/smell will exit through the top of your building, where prying eyes are usually not looking. I've been exhausting like this for over 2 years at a couple of different places and have had no problems so far. My exhaust is running full time. If your exhaust is off and on all day, consider using a smaller exhaust fan that you could leave running all the time.

Hope this helps, happy growing, Schmikey

Excellent idea. You can also use chimneys if you have an access.

Date:
11 Mar 2000
Time:
14:38:18

Comments

I was planning on starting seeds in rockwool then moving them into the 11 plant system when the roots show from the bottom of the cubes. What other medium should i use (when growing God's greatest gift to man) in the 2 liter bottles?

Grow rocks.

Also I saw somewhere in the message base about using 3 liter bottles. Could you elaborate a bit on the topic because I didn't understand what the person was saying. Would this be more economical or put the large plants to close together?

You can use just about any kind of bottle if you can cut the bottom off. The trick is connecting the mouth of any bottle to the PVC fittings. The best way is take a bottle that you want to use to the plumbing store and see what works for you.

Thank you so much for all your help.

Date:
11 Mar 2000
Time:
18:23:43

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Hi Ron, great site! I keep having a reoccurring problem and hopefully you or one of the travelers to this site could help me out. My plants keep getting infested with very tiny, pointy silver/gray bugs. Root mealy bugs? They are always found near the roots. Anyway, how can I safely get rid of them, my plants are just sprouting and I'm growing in grow rocks, and watering 24/7. I seem to always go through this, I usually use Safers Soap, or add a little liquid soap and flush the system, but they always come back in like 2 wks. My plants are just starting so Im worried about them dying if I use anything. Is there any way I can get them to stay gone? Thanx for your time.

Can't find anything in my bug books, anybody else have this problem.




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