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Changing Hydroponics Nutrient Solution – Family Plot

Changing Hydroponics Nutrient Solution – Family Plot

Okay, Scott what do we
need to do to change out the nutrients in our
hydroponic system? – First off we’re gonna need
to cut power to the tote and then drain off the
existing nutrient solution so we can go ahead
and rinse out the tote and get it ready for a
fresh nutrient solution. – Well, I’ll turn the
power off and get started. – Cool, awesome. – There you go. – Awesome. Now we just turn the
drain and let it start to feed by gravity. Now we have the tote inverted
just to get that last small amount of water
out of the tote. – (Chris)
Ok, it’s slowly coming on out. – Yup, just about done. – Almost. How does it look in there? – All right, it’s looking
like it’s about done. All right, cool, and that is
our sign that we’re good to go. I’ll get this out of here. All right, and Chris if you want to remove the blocks over there. – (Chris)
I could do that. Okay. – Cool, and let’s ahead
and just scoot this back just a little bit so
we have some more room. – Just tell me when. – Cool, let’s go back this way. All right, that looks good. All right, now we’re
gonna do our nutrients. We’re gonna start with a
simple three-part nutrient. We have a grow, a
micro, and a bloom. The nutrient formula that
we’re using for this tote is a three-part
nutrient formula. Typically they’re
in one, two, three, and four part formulas. Synthetics are more commonly
a one-part or a three-part. And in this three-part
we have a grow, a micro, and a bloom, and these are
gonna be our base nutrients. So these are gonna have
all the essential macro and micro elements that any
kind of plants are gonna need. – So it’s good for plant growth. – Yeah, absolutely, yeah. And on the back you can
see we have a feeding guide for the various stages
of the plants life all the way from
cutting and seedling, all the way down to
blooming and ripening. We’re gonna use these
cups to measure out our individual amounts
starting with the grow. So right now these plants
are at blooming and ripening, so we’re gonna use a
ratio of one part grow to two part micro to
three parts of the bloom. This is read out as one
milliliter per gallon of water. So since we’re working
with 10 gallons of water, we’re gonna measure out 10
milliliters of your grow first. It’s good to shake these
nutrients beforehand. – It’s good to have these
little cups here as well. – Yeah, absolutely,
it’s very handy. And you can also use
these smaller pipettes for smaller amounts
of nutrients, but that just takes a
little too much time. – All right, okay. – So we see on the side
here we have milliliters. It might be kinda hard
for you guys to see that. What we’re gonna do, I’m gonna
set this flat on the surface of the table, and
we’re just gonna fill to 10 milliliters right there. That’s gonna be our grow
and we’ll go ahead and do the other three parts as well. The micro. – Shake it up. – Micro likes to be shaken
just a little bit more than the others just ’cause
it’s a little bit thicker. Since we’re doing two
milliliters per micro per gallon of water, we’re
gonna do 20 mils altogether. Again, flat on a surface. – (Chris)
That is a lot thicker. – Yeah, ooh, it’s usable. We’ll just hold it like this. – (Chris)
That’s 20. – Yup. And lastly the bloom. This gets the most, so
we’re gonna do 30 mils which is essentially gonna
fill the cup completely up. Here we go. All right, there’s our
three-part nutrient. And before we mix
these nutrients, what we’re gonna want
to do is pH our water. Back here we have
our pH test kit. It’s just a real
simple liquid solution with a color grade
scale, letting you know if your pH is more of base
or more of an acidic pH. And typically for hydroponics,
we’re gonna be looking for anywhere between 5.8 to 6.2. And what this allows us
to do is to have maximum availability of all
nutrients to the plant. – Gotcha. – Cool. A small amount of water. Not a whole lot is needed as
far as the indication solution, just a few drops. – Just a couple drops. – Yup, nothing too crazy. – And shake it up. – I’m gonna shake it up. And as you can see,
it’s around 6.0 to 6.5, so we’re gonna be
good to go on this. So we’re not gonna
have to add any pH down or pH up to the solution. – Okay, good. – So we’re gonna
mix the micro first just because that’s just
kinda the steps you take. And this is a three
millimeter pipette. So I’m gonna do three mils
at a time for the micro. That is six, and we’re
gonna do two more because we’re working with
four gallons of water. And that’s it for that
one, and you can go ahead and pour that in there. – In this one? – Yes, in the six
gallon bucket, yeah. – (Chris)
And this is six, ok, I got you. And just stir that up. – (Scott)
It’s important to really stir these nutrients before
you start mixing more. Cool, do you want
to stir that one? – (Chris)
Yeah, I’m gonna do that. – (Scott)
Another safe practice to use when mixing hydroponic nutrients
is to mix one at a time so you don’t cross
contaminate the nutrients. And also if you’re
using small pipettes or something like that, make
sure you use a fresh pipette for each one of the nutrients. – (Chris)
You do. – Since we’re doing a one mil
of grow per gallon of water I’m gonna start with three. Chris, do you want to take
the stick and start stirring that one for me? – I could do that. – And then the one, all right, and that’s
our grow for that one. And this is for
the second bucket. And the last one is
three mils per gallon, so I’m gonna do
this three times. – I’ll stir it. – Just do one more. And then the bloom
for the larger. Cool, our buckets of nutrient
solution are good to go, so all we gotta do is
scoot this back towards us, and then we will fill it up. – (Chris)
Let’s slide this. There we got it. – All right, while we
have this lifted up, we’re gonna go ahead and do
an inspection of the plants, make sure that
everything is nice. And as you can see, the roots
are a little bit discolored but that’s as to be expected with our darker
synthetic nutrients. – (Chris)
It’s a mat of roots down there. – It is, nice and healthy. So what we’re gonna
do now is fill it. So I’m gonna need
you to hold the top. – I can. – And then I will
grab these buckets, and slowly pour it in. – Slow. So far so good. – Every last bit out of there. All right, and that is our
nutrient solution changed. Let’s set the top down. As a matter of fact,
before we do that, I want you to plug it
in so we can make sure that everything
is spraying right. – (Chris)
All right, we have power. – (Scott)
Awesome. – (Chris)
So how does it look? – It looks like everything
is working well. We always want to
check the sprayers because the salt build
up in organic material from the plants, they
tend to clog them. That’s why we have a
sediment bag over the pump. You always want to make sure,
’cause if the pump dies, then you’ll have a dry
spot in the root zone and that will lead to root rot. – And we definitely
don’t want that. – Not at all. – Well, Scott, look man,
we definitely appreciate that demonstration on changing
out those nutrients, alright. – Yeah, no problem, man. – Thank you much. – Thank you.

49 comments on “Changing Hydroponics Nutrient Solution – Family Plot

  1. After how much time the solution should be changed? What are the indications which suggest that the solution should be changed?

  2. Did I miss it or what type of water are you starting with ; ro Distilled or (well) tap water or even just softened well water? Thanks ??

  3. Because nutrients can change the waters PH; After adding your nutes and you stir the bucket, you're supposed to wait a few minutes, then check the water again to see if you need to adjust the PH with Up or Down solution. Depending on the brand of nutrients, this can be very important. Because you're likely going to check the water often while growing, most growers recommend a digital PH tester, especially if you plan on growing several harvests.

  4. ALWAYS start with MICRO! Not grow or bloom! And if you're using other additives, read those instructions! ArmorSi (Silicon additive) should go first if you're using it, then CalMag second, then Micro, then Bloom or Grow, followed by any other additives you may decide to use. And when adjusting pH afterwards, you should add the pH concentrate to some pure water first, then add the water to your nutes. This will prevent the pH concentrate from reacting with the CalMag and causing it to precipitate out of solution.

  5. Guys, better when u try to explain each step by step in a precise mode; not running like here is a rally,! That's important.

  6. Idk know why they waste time adding nutes using the pipette just dump it all into one bucket the add both buckets of water to the tote

  7. I noticed at 07:32 that the roots are all intertwined. Is that an issue? Since (and please excuse my ignorance) these plants are annuals, do we not care that the roots are connected because we will end up disposing/composting the plants and their roots at the end of the growing cycle?

    This is where I am really confused. Do these plants still have a one-growing season life or do they just continue growing/producing seemingly forever (given nutrients, space, et cetera)? Also, if you wanted to change out the plants that are growing (one or more), do you just cut the roots that are tangled? I will look around your channel too because the other question is, what photo energy source do you use on this system? An artificial light(s)? Sun? Artificial light(s) and Sun?

  8. Why do we need to change the water in the reservoir? If the fertilizer is depleted, just add more. Where does the contamination or salt buildup comes from?

  9. Thank you for your previous response. In my area the tap water is very alkaline. I have used a large amount of ph down to bring it into the optimum range. Instead using this expensive chemical, why can I not use just pure vinegar for my hydroponics? I use it for plants in my in ground garden.

  10. Thanks for your very good response regarding the use of vinegar. I did not realize that it is produced by bacteria and some might remain when I purchase it. However, to use it, I should be able to kill the bacteria by boiling it for 15 minutes, unless it is a superbug, that even a nuclear war will not kill. The reason it is an issue with me because I have to use a lot of PH Down to bring it down to the acid range since the water here is so alkaline. There are no hydroponics supply stores around here, so shipping liquid is expensive. Bulk vinegar would be more economical.

  11. Those plants should have been way bigger 2 months later… What happened? Not enough light? Not enough water? Can you explain Please?

  12. If all the nutrients are being mixed together, why can't you fill the tote with water and then add the 3 nutrients one at a time into the tote?

  13. How would you clean the tote and Sprinkler system with out Hindering the roots and with that system have you ever had a Sprinkler get clogged if so what was your solution

  14. He read the dosages wrong. its not 1ml per gallon lol. its 1 teaspoon which is 5ml. so he should of put 50ml in a 50 gallon tote.

  15. I was wondering, do you guys use determinate or indeterminate tomato plants? If the answer is indeterminate then how do you manage there height? Do you chop off the top?

  16. awesome awesome videos thank you for making these!! so easy to follow, how often should i change out my nutrients?

  17. I can never understand why it's so common people making videos like this that can't read directions. you're so far off on your solution mix. I mean what the heck? if you're instructing somebody at least figure out how to read a dosage chart.and mix properly

  18. Young fellow. I have a suggestion that later in life you will think me for.. don’t lift anything heavy by yourself. Especially like you did that water and at a twisted position.
    I was a lineman for a power company for many years, plus I was a so called hero in my own mind. In other words I never ask for help when lifting things.
    Now at age 60 I’ve had 3 lower back surgeries

  19. So how do you keep the roots from growing or getting drawn into the water pump? And also since it wasn't stated, how often do you need to change the water and nutrients in size of setup? And as I'm typing this I hear the younger guy mention the sediment bag (that wasn't in the construction video).

  20. I do not ph anything till after the nutrients are added. They change the ph. So you ph after your nutrients.

  21. Hi John P & Wet Werk could you pointing me please is there a YouTube video for add nutrients in order,one at a time.It will be help full for me .I really appreciate

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