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    Anyone have any advice, most of my drippers are leaking at the top where the arrow joins the tube. Because of this I'm getting drips coming out at the top of the arrow rather than at the end of the arrow.

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    show a photo buddy
    we need to see how deep your dripper is into the feed pipe
    are you using 3mm piping?
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    Give me 5minutes

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    Guessing its something I have done wrong as its literally every dripper?

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    Umm... Pretty sure this drip from the top not the bottom of the spike.

    Or am I being a complete idiot? My drippers are the same and it drops from the top of the spike then into the medium with the spike staying inside the medium to drip evenly?

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    Lol fucking hell you ever sleep? I am pretty confident the drip is supposed to run down the spike and come off at the end? Have got two doing it although still not 100%. Tomorrow will start a little earlier with them and get inside there and try sort it. Not sure what I can do though? Pisses me off a little if honest lol, wish they just made spikes with the tube already connected.

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    As karsa said, the feed comes out the top and drips down the spike/arrow, that's how it's meant to work. The spike is just to keep it in place.

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    That's the thing though, the drip isn't going down the spike? Where its dripping off at the top it will hit the coco before running down the spike. I always thought it should be running down the spike and coming off at a drip at the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazilbrush View Post
    That's the thing though, the drip isn't going down the spike? Where its dripping off at the top it will hit the coco before running down the spike. I always thought it should be running down the spike and coming off at a drip at the bottom.
    Not necessarily.. on my blue drippers it sprays out the sides and doesn't touch the spike.

    Time to worry is when theres no water coming out of it, or when the flow rate is really slow.



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    Yeah blue spike shoots out, it did seem to improve when the dripper was straight. Was up to silly oclock yesterday so tired its a joke. Gonna wait till lights get back on and have another try at sorting it. Will see if i can get it running down the spike and coming off the bottom when its held up straight. Also will check the drip rate for them is all near enough the same. If it all fails then ill be ordering some more black tubing and trying again. This time though ill heat the tubing a little to soften it up first as read after i should have done that.

    Anyone else have any experience or ideas? Cheers

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    When the black dripper is up straight the drip does run down the spike so guess its fine I'm just sure I used to have my spikes in at an angle. How's my luck though, the bloody bulb went today so currently got them under cfl gonna have too go get a new bulb tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing these cuttings take off been a long time since I had a tent full of bud. Got my lemon haze in flower but they kinda small so ain't expecting a huge amount of them. I may stick a diary up well have too see.

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    As long as it hits the coco it will be fine...

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    You measured the rate of yours karsa? Online for me says black drippers are 2L per hour which should mean each 15minutes gives 500ml. Run mine for 5minutes and only got about 60ml so still works out less than half of what it should be.

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    Might want to ignore that lol I only just clocked I had that tap bit open on the Wilma so what was getting pumped through was also having some go back round and into the res lol. Gonna run them now for 15minutes and see what we end up with no doubt gonna be better or least I imagine it will. Proper div at times lol

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    lol just push that spike into your medium all the way down
    when using drippers i try not to push my drippers all the way into the piping
    i like to see that its clean coming through
    you may not think its getting enough feed but you will be surprised

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    Just went out and got the 600w bulb as mine broke. Got that in and so suspect they will need a watering from Wilma tomorrow. Gonna go with every other day first week then onto once a day and just Increase over time as they grow.

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    Id use the blueones that come woth the wilma. Also if your using coco with the wilma id be carefull. You may get a host defficiencies.

    Coco should idealy be fed run to waste. Or if you have to bottom "wick" feeding. Nutrients shoundnt recirc in coco as it strips macro elements and can create inbalences with Cations. "CEC".



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    Cheers, have used a Wilma before in the past. Tbh this time round I will probably just use it for veg. Was running into problems with the hand watering and ordered this as never messed up with it. Although truth be told I sorted that now so really its just laziness lol. Ill be hand watering by time I'm in flower just as plan on having plants too huge to be so close in the Wilma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazilbrush View Post
    You measured the rate of yours karsa? Online for me says black drippers are 2L per hour which should mean each 15minutes gives 500ml. Run mine for 5minutes and only got about 60ml so still works out less than half of what it should be.
    Aye man. 8 drips is 36 litres every hr. So I have it on twice a day at 15 and 30 min intervals in the end. Depended on what lights I used as I swapped the schedule quite a bit.

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    I run wilma with coco from veg to flower and don't get any deficiencies.

    I Have done since I started, my advice is make sure you feed them atleast once EVERYDAY. It's hydro not soil truss me. I have done loads of variations side by sides (admittedly not documented on here) The days you don't feed them slows them down, and make stems 'woodier'.

    Coco is well aerated and allows oxygen in unlike soil where you can kind of suffocate the roots, add airpots or smart pots and your onto a winner.

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