Congratulations on buying your new grow tent! Now it's time to set it up and get started growing. We'll talk you through everything you need to know to get going fast. Don't worry, if you ever get stuck give us a call at 888-815-9763 or email [email protected] for help.
Step 1 - Assemble Your Tools
You will need:
- Flathead screwdriver
- Wire cutters or pliers with wire cutting ability
- Box cutter or scissors
- Tape measure
- Favorite cold beverage (it get's pretty hot in that tent)!
Step 2 - Assemble Your Grow Tent
The first thing you'll need to do is assemble the tent itself. Detailed instructions can be found inside your package and online at hydrobuilder.com. Here's a sample for the Hydrobuilder 4' x 4' tent.
Step 3 - Unbox The Rest Of The Package
You should confirm that you have:
- Lighting system with cord
- Inline fan
- Carbon filter w/ pre-filter
- Ratchet light hangers (2 per system)
- Duct clamps (x2)
Step 4 - Determine Ventilation Setup
There are several common configurations but we recommend hanging the fan and filter inside the tent. For small to mid-sized carbon filters this is the best solution. It maximizes growing footprint and draws the air in through the filter allowing the air to move slower and increasing the overall effectiveness of odor removal as well as removing the hottest air from the top of the tent.
Where carbon filters are too large to hang from the ceiling of the tent, they should be placed on the floor inside the tent when possible. The only disadvantages here are that they may draw more warm air down to plants when they are active and they take up grow space.
Placing the filter and fan outside the tent is the least desired solution. It saves space but has two main drawbacks. It pushes air through the filter at higher speed reducing the effectiveness of the filter for odor control. The second drawback being that fan noise is increased since it is located outside the tent. This solution is only used with very large carbon filters and when grow space is at an absolute premium.
Step 5 - Prepare The Carbon Filter
Installing the air filtration/odor control system. First you will need to slide the pre-filter onto the carbon filter and secure it with the included elastic bands. Depending on your setup choice from step 4, follow the following steps for setup A, B or C below.
Step 5A - Hanging Inside The Tent
- Using one of the adjustable nylon straps included in the grow tent kit, hang the inline fan with the tapered end pointed towards the tent exhaust hole you want to use. Try to center the fan on the strap so it is balanced.
- Using the remaining adjustable nylon strap from the grow tent kit, hang the carbon filter assembly with the flange pointed towards the inline fan. Try to center the fan on the strap so it is balanced.
- Measure the distance from the beginning of the filter flange to the beginning of the inline fan flange. Cut that length of ducting using the box cutter and wire cutters.
- Using the length of ducting you cut, secure one end to the fan flange using a ducting clamp. Secure the other end of the ducting to the carbon filter flange; no clamp is needed (this will be a tight fit).
- Run the remaining length of ducting out of the exhaust hole of your choice, and secure the other end to the tapered end of the inline fan, using a duct clamp.
- Run the fan power cord out of the nearest tent cord hole in the rear of the tent.
Step 5B - Placed Inside The Tent
- Set carbon filter assembly on the tent floor in desired location.
- Place the inline fan on top of the filter with the tapered end pointed up.
- Ensure that the fan flange is inside of the filter flange and secure with 1-2 wraps of foil ducting tape (not included)
- Attach ducting to fan flange and secure with a ducting clap.
- Run the ducting out of the desired grow tent ventilation opening.
- Run the fan cord out of the nearest cord hole in the rear of the tent.
Step 5C - Placed Outside The Tent
- Set carbon filter assembly on the floor in the desired location outside of the grow tent.
- Place the inline fan on top of the filter with the tapered end pointed down.
- Secure the fan to the filter with 1-2 wraps of foil duct tape (not included).
- Attach the ducting to the fan with a duct clamp.
- Run the ducting into the tent ventilation hole of your choice.
Step 6 - Hang The Lighting System
- Using two ratchet hangers per light, hook the crossbar at the top of the tent with the hooks that are attached to the ratchet assemblies of the hangers.
- Set the hooks attached to the rope end of the ratchets to equal lengths.
- Place a hook in each of the two hanger brackets on the lighting system.
- Run the light system power cord out of the nearest tent cord hole in the rear of the tent.
- You can now adjust the height of the light by simultaneously pulling the two ratchet hanger ropes. You can lower the lights by pressing the tab in the ratchet assembly of the hangers. Be sure to hold onto the ropes when lowering so you can control your descent.
- Adjusting the height of your lighting as the plants grow is essential. Different lighting types (LED, HID, etc.), lighting wattage, and reflector types all have recommendations regarding distance from plant canopies. Be sure to check the recommendations for your light(s).
- Be careful when installing bulbs and plugging in ballasts and light sockets. Damage to your lighting can occur if mistakes are made. If in doubt, give us a call.
- Water and electronics don’t mix well. Avoid splashing water on your lighting equipment, including ballasts.
- New HID bulbs should be run for at least 12 hours on their first start-up to ensure maximum bulb life.
- When changing bulbs in HID lights, do not touch the glass with bare hands, oils from your hands can damage the bulb. Wear gloves to avoid this.
Step 7 - Install The Light/Fan Timer
- Plug the light system cord into one side of the timer.
- If you will be timing the fan as well, plug the fan power cord into the other side of the timer. Otherwise just plug it into a constant power source.
- Plug the timer into a 120V wall socket, extension cord or power strip.
- Follow the instructions included with the timer to set run times.
That's it, You're Done!
You’re ready to add your plants and get growing. Before turning everything on be sure to double-check your electrical connections and hanging straps and hooks.
With your setup tent you have many options to choose from in terms of the method of growing you can use. Hydrobuilder.com offers a wide range: from simple soil or cocoa and containers, automatic drip and ebb-and-flow systems, to the most advanced deep water culture hydroponic systems available. Give us a call, or view our website to learn more.
Water And Nutrients
To grow healthy plants you need clean water and nutrients. Hydrobuilder.com offers water filtration systems and a wide range of nutrients and compost tea components from the industy’s top brands. We also carry nutrient starter kits containing everything you need for a full growing cycle.
Pests And Plant Care
Your sealed grow tent will offer protection from most insects, but if an infestation does occur Hydrobuilder.com offers a wide selection of pest control products. Be sure to follow instructions carefully and give us a call if you have any questions on what to use for your situation.
Questions? Call 888-815-9763 or email [email protected].