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Ugh. Hope im not completely fucked. I noticed different water levels in buckets then noticed why. Mad roots in the 2in pipe. Slowing the flo more than i like. Had to end up cutting a bunch of runner roots. Hardly 2-5% of the root ball but enough to make me worry about it. Next run will be just 2 week veg.. Such a pain in the ass digging roots out of each bucket. Praying that i didnt kill them girls by cutting a bit away.
Nah you'll be fine I had to do that a time or 2. Last time my timer fucked me and by a week and a half by the time I noticed. Even after a trim I had roots in the lines all the way to the next bucket at harvest lol.
 
Nah you'll be fine I had to do that a time or 2. Last time my timer fucked me and by a week and a half by the time I noticed. Even after a trim I had roots in the lines all the way to the next bucket at harvest lol.
Yea thats about how it was. It was tough gerting them back thru the pipe into the bucket. They were super long. I think ill try 2 week veg next run. Didnt think 3 week would be to long but it was.
 
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Yea thats about how it was. It was tough gerting them back thru the pipe into the bucket. They were super long. I think ill try 2 week veg next run. Didnt think 3 week would be to long but it was.
Can try moving the airstone closer to the outlet side found that to help a bit. Last grow ended up being almost a solid 5 pail of roots. It vegged 4.5 weeks and I ended up with a lot of grey hair lol.
 
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Cutting just the long roots off wouldn't be a concern if anything they will help as ppl actually do it if they aren't having clogging issues with root pruning...
You could always get the cc bulkhead filters too the 2 & 3 are the same btw..Just need one per bucket that's on the rear of the bucket that goes to the pump and problem solved...I use them on veg and bloom and wouldn't run it w/o even tho bloom is 3in but can still get clogged...
Also if your afraid of trimming the roots you could always just put the ends at the top of the root ball and do it that way...
I pry wouldn't rely totally on the airstone in front of the bulkhead but it does help but def not a fix well from my experience anyways..
And you wouldn't need to do less time in veg which would also lower your yield ...As for more root more fruit ....So less root will be less fruit...Since you would need 64 bulkhead filters I would contact cc direct and see what kind of deal they can do for you if not try one of their distributors I know of one here that would do a great deal on them if your interested in that route..It would give you the most peace of mind anyways and wouldn't have to worry about a bad clog or several and could kill the plants and water would be everywhere too granite that Pry wouldn't be a issue for you but would be a hassle and a total waste of money down the drain...
Glad you got the issue figured out though I imagine you checked all of the buckets to afterwards right on if there was any other clogs or real close to being ...b.h filters are def thee way to grow that's for sure
 
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Cutting just the long roots off wouldn't be a concern if anything they will help as ppl actually do it if they aren't having clogging issues with root pruning...
You could always get the cc bulkhead filters too the 2 & 3 are the same btw..Just need one per bucket that's on the rear of the bucket that goes to the pump and problem solved...I use them on veg and bloom and wouldn't run it w/o even tho bloom is 3in but can still get clogged...
Also if your afraid of trimming the roots you could always just put the ends at the top of the root ball and do it that way...
I pry wouldn't rely totally on the airstone in front of the bulkhead but it does help but def not a fix well from my experience anyways..
And you wouldn't need to do less time in veg which would also lower your yield ...As for more root more fruit ....So less root will be less fruit...Since you would need 64 bulkhead filters I would contact cc direct and see what kind of deal they can do for you if not try one of their distributors I know of one here that would do a great deal on them if your interested in that route..It would give you the most peace of mind anyways and wouldn't have to worry about a bad clog or several and could kill the plants and water would be everywhere too granite that Pry wouldn't be a issue for you but would be a hassle and a total waste of money down the drain...
Glad you got the issue figured out though I imagine you checked all of the buckets to afterwards right on if there was any other clogs or real close to being ...b.h filters are def thee way to grow that's for sure
I thought about getting those also. But kinda thought they would plug up faster than the pipe. How well do you find they work? I mean I always keep an eye on my roots anyhow.
 
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Absolutely not as in plugging well i haven't had a issue get 1 or 2 stragglers but that's it and don't make it very far anyways...I wouldn't recommend if they clogged as ur not gaining anything then...
As like I said personally I won't run a system w/o... With those new grow mods tho I would be concerned about the drain wells plugging up too as I believe they don't have a mesh cover like they should...If one has a 3d printer u could make a cover and screw a screen to it but for 64 sites that would be a lot of time on a printer lol it would pry break the printer and take a month straight to do them all lol....
Like my drain kit I made for my systems I used a bulkhead with a slip on the inside and got a street fitting PVC elbow and use it and works wonders and no worries about clogging either..Since the elbow will fit flush with the bucket I will cut a few small notches in the rim of the elbow it also helps with having more suction to pump more out of the system before the pump going dry for that last lil bit. As I end up with less than 500ml total for veg and even less in bloom at 200ml only that's in piping and everything total.....

Also since you trimmed your plants keep a eye on your pump if you do not have a spin filter to catch the escapees from u...If u don't have a spin filter keep a eye on the pump on if it's slowing output down from the waterfall inyour epicenter ...Having union ball valves before and after your pump does wonders with being able to service and clean it as needed...Can always of course get unions and ball valves and put them together separate if the union valves are too much as the bigger ones is highway robbery..
But for us personal home growers b.h filters even at 3 or $4 each is well worth the peace of mind it gives you for having a system that can always run and never have a clogging problem is well worth it that's for sure
 
I know one of the cone shaped things in one return manifold grew straight thru it and had to be cut out. The roots are probably all the way into one of the return lines. At least the fitting on the return manifold. I did hit every bucket and the only ones werent starting to clog were the slh buckets. Their roots just couldnt handle nutrient like this. Ill be checking the return manifold and doing a quick switch out of pumps. Going to be the first thing i do.
 
Opened up the pvc lines and everything balanced out. Ppm slowed way down and ph locked on. Was really starting to wonder what the hell was going on with the numbers bouncing around so much.
 

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