Hydrofarm Ebb & Flow ?

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Hey guys I just recently purchased an 8 gallon ebb and flow system from hydrofarm.

I have a millions questions, as I have never done hydro b4...but the first I need answers to is how many plants could i grow in just an 8 gallon reservoir? It has room for up to 9 pots, but I was thinking of doing like 4-6 plants. The reservoir is only about 10" deep, if that.

I have perused some threads where the root-balls in some of your guys DWC setups are masive, I dont even think one of those would fit in this thing.

Any help is much appreciated!!
 

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10" is plenty of root space for DWC. how many plants depends on your room size, haw many squared feet and height and what is the light to be used?
 

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I got the room size and lighting down to a tee, as I have had several good grows with soil.

My concern was with the root space with an ebb and flow....I am not doing DWC...I was just comparing the rootballs I saw in the forums to what I have with this setup.

I have doubts that the roots will have enough room to grow in shared space that small

Of course allow for alot of ignorance on my part.....hydro seems so damned daunting a task compared to soil.
 

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I love Hydro,,but i have never done Ebb and Flow,,,just DWC. I would think the roots would just spread out when they hit bottom And if the plants arnt to close i would think it would be fine. I wouldnt do more then 4 though.
 
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Can you link the unit you have?

An 8 gal res does not seem big enough for 9 plants. I have better luck running DWC than ebb and flow, so that is what I do. But I had a 10 gal res for 4 plants and it was not too big by any means.
 

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Can you link the unit you have?

An 8 gal res does not seem big enough for 9 plants. I have better luck running DWC than ebb and flow, so that is what I do. But I had a 10 gal res for 4 plants and it was not too big by any means.

Hey THG! long time no post (for me anyways) Ive been off the wagon, or on it I guess depending on your POV lol. Good to be back here.

https://www.hydrofarm.com/p/MGSYS

Obviously you know what to do with the "xxx"''s

I was planning on 4-6 total plants. One in each corner...then one or two in the middle
 
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Good to see you, too! We now post direct links, so I am going to change it to a direct link and then get back to you.

How big is your space?
 

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The room is 10'x10'x7.5'(H)

I can either use the room or the tent in the room which is 2x4x5.

I have more than enough light and venting for both btw.

I have roughly 500k worth of lumens if I need to use it...Id rather not due to the electric bill lol, but its there if I need it.
 
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Is this the system? The Mega Garden "Ebb & Flow System in a 22" x 22" x 10" size garden" https://www.hydrofarm.com/p/MGSYS

I am hoping that is not the system you purchased as it is poorly suited for cannabis. A 22" x 22" system will most likely not do well with more than 2 plants in it.

How much light do you have? That determines how large your space can be. A 10 x 10' space would take about 4000w to adequately light and a large exhaust fan to keep cool. So, what size light do you have or are planning to sue and we can help you with tent size.
 

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I have to agree with THG,,after looking at the rez,,,i wouldnt grow More then one plant in it. It looks like something made for small vegetables.
 

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Is this the system? The Mega Garden "Ebb & Flow System in a 22" x 22" x 10" size garden" https://www.hydrofarm.com/p/MGSYS

I am hoping that is not the system you purchased as it is poorly suited for cannabis. A 22" x 22" system will most likely not do well with more than 2 plants in it.

How much light do you have? That determines how large your space can be. A 10 x 10' space would take about 4000w to adequately light and a large exhaust fan to keep cool. So, what size light do you have or are planning to sue and we can help you with tent size.
That is what I bought. I dont think you saw my earlier post....light and ventilation is not an issue remember HVAC is my deal. Bummer, I can return it if need be.

I have to agree with THG,,after looking at the rez,,,i wouldnt grow More then one plant in it. It looks like something made for small vegetables.
Yeah, damn. 1 sure as **** aint gonna be enough for me lmao.

So that being said...any suggestions? Other than soil? I have no issue with growing in soil, I was just trying something new and thought hydro would be a good goto.
 

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I'd suggest my DWC diy I have up here on the forums, but PJ may come by and smite me!!! :rofl: :D

My method is cheap and relatively simple IMO. :aok:
 
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DGF did an excellent tutorial on DWC totes. However, I would advise running smaller totes or buckets, say 5-10 gal.

Since you can, I advise returning the unit you bought. When starting out on a new venture, it is always a good idea to run proposed purchases by the good people here. That is more suited to a very small herb garden or something like that. You could never hope to run 9 cannabis plants in that.

Lighting is always an issue. Knowing HVAC is an advantage for ventilation, but can also be a hindrance. HVAC guys usually want to set their rooms up like houses, but the principal is different. But back to lighting....What can you afford/are willing to buy? This determines a whole lot.
 

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5 gallon DWC setups are easy as pie to make. THG got me started with DWC in 2008,,and i loved growing DWC. There are several DIYs on this. Let me see what i can find with pics for ya. Maybe someone else can find ya a DIY on this.
 
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The room is 10'x10'x7.5'(H)

I can either use the room or the tent in the room which is 2x4x5.

I have more than enough light and venting for both btw.

I have roughly 500k worth of lumens if I need to use it...Id rather not due to the electric bill lol, but its there if I need it.
Just read this and need clarification. You cannot possible have 500,000 lumens. Do you mean that you have 5 1000W lights?
 

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I'd suggest my DWC diy I have up here on the forums, but PJ may come by and smite me!!! :rofl: :D

My method is cheap and relatively simple IMO. :aok:
I read your DIY DGF, very good read, ty for that. I will most likely switch to that.

THG, I have 6 hoods total....5 of which are fit with 2 600w bulbs (about 48-86k lumens each depending on if I use the MH or HPS bulbs)

Then I have a 400W cooltube that runs about 45k lumens for my vegging. I do have a few 1000W bulbs as well, but I have never used them, I need to run another line from my breaker panel to do that, and im lazy.

Hopper: thanks as always I checked out that link, I did make a huge mistake by not consulting here first.....I can be an impulse buyer sometimes....this time (as most times) it bit me in the rear.

I really appreciate all of you guys for the help......I cant believe I have been MIA from this site for so long.
 

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well, the grow store guy wont take the ebb&flow unit back because its open.

Hydrofarm said I could return it to them, but pay shipping....which is about a 1/3 of the cost of the darn thing.

What to do what to do? Either way I am currently setting up DGF's DIY DWC setup right after I stop posting here.
 

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well, the grow store guy wont take the ebb&flow unit back because its open.

Hydrofarm said I could return it to them, but pay shipping....which is about a 1/3 of the cost of the darn thing.

What to do what to do? Either way I am currently setting up DGF's DIY DWC setup right after I stop posting here.
You can try to sell it on eBay and recoup some money. Or, use it as a little veg bin of some sort?

Rough

Also, good luck on the totes. :aok: :)
 

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