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About trichomechaser

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  • Current strains growing
    Apollo's Poison, Sour Diesel, Fruit Punch, Cheese, Devil's Kiss, Amnesia Haze, Caramel King, Cocopopo
  • Preferred growing medium or system
    Soil
  • Preferred Lighting
    CMH
  • Favourite Strains
    L.A Confidential, White Fire OG, Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Grow Room Setup
    4x4 with 315W CMH, 2x Cree Cobs, 1x 180W LED and an 80x80 tent with 170W LED
  • Preferred Nutrients
    BioBizz and Freedom Farms
  • Indoor or Outdoor
    Indoors
  • Preferred Medicating Methods
    Joints and dabs

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  1. Looking at this, it looks like it has to be a case of pH or the soil being too hot. I run Freedom Farms from seedling and have never had these issues... But I'm not sure about that soil you're using. What pH meter are you using? Digital? Liquid? One of those sticks that you poke in the soil (aka those things that don't work)
  2. I'm looking into potentially picking up a press, but want to ask if anyone has any local suggestions that they can vouch for. Rosinpress.co.za has some really nice presses at a good price, but I've heard from someone who has been waiting months for his parts to arrive as they shipped him an incomplete unit. Would definitely need to be under R10k I also remember @Stinger96 had a post up with some presses, but can't find that post - drop me a DM if they're still available.
  3. I'm stuck in a bit of a predicament and I'm hoping for some advice from you fellow growers. I know that "personal use" is now mostly just a term to avoid arrest, but I grow purely for personal use and don't have the biggest disposable income to spend on my grow. With that said, I'm currently running the following which I've accrued over time: - 4x4ft Tent running a 315W CMH and 200W LED alongside. - 80x80cm Tent running a 100W COB and 150W LED alongside. My veg tent (80x80) is mostly running at decent temperatures. But my flowering tent is suffering with temps ranging on a cold day from 27'C to 33'C on a hot day. The ambient room temperature is generally around 23'C - 28'C - so I'm seeing on average a 5'C temperature increase in the tent. With lights off the temperatures are generally in the 25'C - 27'C range. I don't have the ability to run an air-conditioner, nor can I afford the cost to run COBs for a 4x4 space. So I'm currently looking at ways to reduce heat, while also not downgrading at all on the lighting. CMH tends to put out less heat than HPS, but I'm not sure if perhaps a 600W HPS in a cooltube or air cooled hood would reduce the temps at all - may still make them rise from what they are currently... But I have 2x 6" 400CFM fans that can be used in the setup. The lights would be running at night and I would use an extractor to pull air from outside, through the light and then exhaust outside again. Thoughts or recommendations? I'm also trying to see if I can find a friend to lend me a 600W air-cooled setup from to see what kind of temperatures I end up getting with it. Anyone's experience with air cooled hoods/cool tubes and the most effective way to reduce temps on a running cost budget?
  4. I realize I can just wait a week until the Cape Town Cannabis Expo, but I've recently noticed a well branded building near Somerset Mall with "Canbigold" on it. Does anyone know exactly what products they're creating in such a public location?
  5. Does appear external issues are at play possibly. Though hard to make an accurate gauge as there are hawks members on the group who have told others about their presence there in a threatening way from what I heard. In Nantie's case, the constable said he doesn't care what the court ruling said, and that he would continue to arrest. They've charged him with a crime that isn't a crime, possession of cannabis plants - no signs of dealing. The fact that these guys are openly stating they don't care about the court judgement is the main problem and something we as the people need to make sure they face consequences on.
  6. At this point forums are probably the safest place to be. It is a lot easier for a police officer to see the name of someone on Facebook and then to just go from there. It would be a lot more work for them to get information from a forum where they need to serve court papers to the servers and then retrieve user information from the database. I think as long as one doesn't reveal personal information here it should be okay. The problem is one of two parts, corruption and ignorance. There are some officers who haven't read the directive from the commissioner which states that one should only arrest when one is certain that the individual is dealing, and if there is uncertainty, no arrest should take place. And instead, a summons be provided. The arrests are taking place largely outside of the law and only because they know that nothing will happen to them. Other officers are also aware of the fact that they don't get held accountable, so they just blatantly use the method to receive bribes. There was a case recently where a guy on the FB group was arrested with under 5g on him, the police apparently said they'd let him go for R8000 - otherwise the cell. They know the case will be thrown out, but no skin off their back. I'd like to see these counsels who are now formed to 'fight for legalization' actually stepping in and trying to mediate in this. There needs to be action from all these groups in going directly to stations and going directly to those in the higher ups and getting them to understand the officers below them aren't following their directives. And there needs to be more media coverage over false arrests, instead of just the anti-weed PR that police do when they get News24 and others to post the bust stories with photos from the scene.
  7. Guys, things are getting a bit scary out there. And it's a topic that we, everyone in the cannabis community needs to try and resolve. In the past 48 hours the police have raided several Western Cape based growers, taking plants and gear and charging for dealing. I can't speak to the reality of these individuals actions, but some do claim to just be growers. And regardless, it is a situation that everyone should be made aware of. These raids have been on active members on the Cannabis Club SA group on Facebook, which a little scary since I've been pretty active as a personal use grower. It should be noted that the charges given have in most cases not been supported with evidence upon raids, yet they still arrest. Again, it's important to note that I can't speak to whether these individuals deal or not, but there have been some personal use growers who have been raided recently. The police have no incentive to stop at this point, they know the case will be thrown out but it doesn't matter because by the time that happens they already have the plants and gear. Some kind of accountability needs to be pushed on these cops that raid private use growers.
  8. I picked up a COB from Amazon a while back. It was one of the "Galaxy Hydro" lights. They have released a number of COB setups but most were not using any reputable chips. I picked up their 2018 Edition which came with 2x CREE CXA3070. Not quite as good as the CXB3590, but I've been impressed by what this little 110W draw light was able to achieve. I run it in an 80x80 tent. I don't know if you guys know of the autocobs, the dude has a huge following in the autoflower community in the US, since he's quite active over on autoflower.net - but he ships to S.A and the lights are of great quality. The chips are Citizen CLU 48.
  9. I haven't seen much Bat guano around here, and would like to add that to my mix. I've seen other avian guano at nurseries, but apparently the bat guano tends to be better because of the diet of bats.
  10. The whole situation is very 'interesting'. Because these franchise owners are getting the businesses signed off on by the cops and in some cases the state prosecutors as well. So it's not like they're just opening and hoping for the best, they do have legal paperwork relating to the business. But the fact remains that even the permission they are getting, isn't technically legal. I think it will protect them from local law enforcement for the most part, but I think once the Hawks get a taste of what's going on, shit is going to turn bad very quickly... Both for the businesses and police/prosecutors giving the franchises the go-ahead. I am just not a fan of the way the franchising works... For instance, the Helderberg branch is being opened by two guys who know their shit (Angelos from Mushigoat and Ben from Biltong and Budz), and they have also worked through the police in this. But the difference between a franchise opened by respected guys in the industry and someone with R25k and a dream of getting rich, is going to result in so much different quality between branches. Maybe I'm a bit bias, having chatted with the Helderberg guys, and being so close to it... I'm a bit torn though, because I like the idea of normalizing the concept of cannabis sales, while not really liking the exclusivity in this venture, a bit of a monopoly type vibe. But I can understand why people are wanting to get involved.
  11. trichomechaser

    Cannapax

    Not sure if this is the best place for this discussion, but considering it's been a hot topic in the local community news over the past few weeks... I've personally had no real issues with the Cannapax thing, I can see why others may but I hadn't seen anything too worrying until today. I had seen it as a nice way for growers to have a new way to unload their stock, however there were some pretty concerning photos shared on social media over the past two days by Cannapax Vanderbijlpark. They have been showing the stock they currently have, and boy oh boy, it is not fit to be called medicine. It looks like some Swazi grown bud that has gone through some quick dry methods. To make matters worse, they're advertising it as "High THC" just because the claimed strains tested high in lab tests by American dispensaries. These buds are certainly nowhere near the THC percentages that they have written down when marketing it. In fact, the bloody "White Rhino" is pollinated even. I feel sorry for the other Cannapax franchise owners who now have their brand also suffering because one franchise owner is doing this. I know that at least one of the franchise owners who is opening up a store soon, is investing a lot of money with good intentions to stock quality bud, but how do you crawl your way back when the other franchise owners are putting out this kind of stuff?!
  12. Can also confirm this. I've picked up some really good genetics from Biltong and Budz, some pretty exotic stuff, under the breeder packs and breeder seeds section. Though @Master_G if you're looking for what to expect from the cheaper Bulk Seed Bank genetics you've picked up, I'm running a grow diary on them at the moment here.
  13. I've never seen issues with light defoliation in the first few weeks of flower. Some people do a single large strip at around week 2, while others prefer to remove a few leaves a day over the course of the first couple weeks. Personally, I do the latter and I don't have issues. I even do it with autoflowers and don't have issues with losing yield. I just think you need to take it on a plant to plant basis, is your plant thriving and doing well? Then she's probably going to handle some defoliation just fine. If she's struggling in other areas, then adding the stress of defoliation can become a bigger issue than it should. I wouldn't personally defoliate much after the stretch is complete, but still remove a fan leaf here or there if it's blocking a bud site.
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