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Old 03-20-2017, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default Introduction and pH Level/Nutrient Questions

Hi Everyone,

I've been lurking on this site for a while now and have found a lot of useful information, so I wanted to introduce myself and thank the community for providing so much information to aspiring growers like myself.

I'm Alex and I am planning on starting my first grow soon (nothing serious as I don't have much space, so probably looking at a few plants to start off with), so I wanted to look at some of the most common issues people experience so that I can be prepared when something (inevitably) goes wrong .
I've decided to try growing hydroponically and am in the process of setting up a grow space... but there's so much information that I feel slightly overwhelmed.

From what Iíve read, most of the issues seem to be caused by incorrect pH and nutrient levels. Do you guys agree with that? To me it seems that some of the other things you have to worry about are relatively straight forward (lights, temperature, ventilation, etc) but I'm getting a bit overwhelmed reading about all the different things that one has to be aware of when it comes to maintaining proper pH levels and nutrients. Do you guys have any general advice that I should keep in mind? Specifically when it comes to nutrients, I see a lot of information on different types of deficiencies, but it seems difficult to keep track of all of these individually. Is there a mix that people recommend using that takes into consideration all the different nutrients? Thanks for your insights!
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:24 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

Using R/O water removes the buffers. Will make using nutes much easier.

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Old 03-21-2017, 12:14 AM   #3
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I love hydro! What kind hydro are you looking at doing?

I would say that root problems rank right up there with pH problems. Keeping the res cool enough and aerated enough is critical.

Get a pH meter and a ppm meter. I believe that pH drift is good and I try to start my solution out at about 5.5 or so. I let it drift up to about 6.0 or so. I try to do res changes every 7-10 days.

My favorite hydro nutes are General Hydroponics Flora series....but since Scott's bought out General Hydroponics, I have been reluctant to buy their products.

Welcome to MP. Hope you will enjoy your time here.
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Which kind of hydroponic system are you planning on working with? Choosing the system will help you a lot in your research and will let you narrow it down to operating that system. You are right about PH and ferts levels, you need a good meter to read them. I too have found General Hydroponics Flora series to be good. I only needed to add epsom salt for extra magnesium and that was the only additive they ever needed apart from the Ph down.
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Welcome to MP.. you found a great place to learn how to grow the dank.

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Welcome to the Passion. you heard right, for hydro and synthetic nutrient users, pH is key to the plants being able to absorb the nutrients from the medium/solution. I personally prefer the Advanced Nutrients Jungle Juice line as it is pretty easy to use in hydro. Don't let it overwhelm you. There's a lot of little things to learn but if you get the basics down, the rest will come with time and questions. Don't be afraid to ask. If you decide to use the Jungle Juice I can help you with the numbers.
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