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Phat Muffler Review – Dropped the Noise on My Inline Fan by 40% or More – Silence is Golden Hydroponics

Phat Mufflers in the house!

Oh baby I have been dreaming about getting one of these for a couple years since these products came around. Before Phat and others took it upon themselves to make the Hydroponics and greenhouse growers a proper duct muffler, it was all ghetto do-it-yourself contraptions. This thing is shiny, sexy and light weight! Time for a review on my test.


I made a couple of videos so you can hear the Phat Muffler in action. My fiance noticed right away how much quieter it was near the exhaust port!

Below is the “PRE-MUFFLER VIDEO” 






I noticed right away after installation that it was significantly quieter inside the grow room. I would have to guestimate but I would say that at least 40-45% of the volume both in and out of the room was removed. This the “post video” after I have installed the muffler onto my 6″ Vortex fan.

I didn’t notice any significant back pressure or slow-down of exhaust stream CFM. My garden temperatures stayed the same. The muffler is made by Phat Filter and they also make a wide variety of carbon filters. Phat Muffler comes in sizes 4″ to 12″ ducting / inline fans.  http://PhatFilter.com/ Here is the info from the box. I know that Hydrofarm distributes these guys.



I love this new tool! Something always luxury to the grower in me, but now I can’t imagine living without one. Happy growing!

– Gorilla

Terpinator test just arrived. RhizoFlora Inc Just Delivered the Frost Results for Hydroponics Review

This beautiful package of 5 gallons of Terpinator just arrived from the laboratory of RhizoFlora in Northern California! We can’t wait to report back with the details! Time to get Terpinated!


Alpha tests on the Terpinator are complete and we have received a beta test to run in flower. We will see you in a couple months. Just flipped a garden to 12/12 and we will rock this hard along with Cutting Edge Solutions base nutrients and organic additives Plant Amp, Mag Amp, and Uncle John’s Blend. We will finish with Sugaree.

Terpinator was created from many years of research into naturally occurring plant compounds that serve as bio-osmotic potentiators. Through a patented refinement process the plants will utilize these compounds in Terpinator to enhance their production of Terpinoids and plant oil producing glands. These glands are brought to their maximum potential and size using Terpinator along with any base nutrient program.


Terpinator also catalyzes steps in a plants normal metabolism that will protect and prolong fragrances of your plant’s dried fruits and flowers.

The building block that comprise the Terpinator act as the pre-cursors to plant oil production. By employing natually occuring plant and biological compounds, unique enzymatic pathways within a plant’s body are utilized through Terpinator to enhance the production of Terpinoids and plant oils.

Many plants incorporate aromatic compounds that produce a plethora of odors that have been long thought to affect our physiology through odor activation known as aromatherapy.  Two of these odor molecules are Limonene and Myrcene (also found in humulus lupuls, aka ‘hops.’) These occur in a wide variety of oil producing plants, and can be described to smell like lemon and grapefruit respectively.

Many researchers have been ware of the power of odor chemistry to affect our moods, for example, many people describe a feeling of ‘sunny happiness’ when smelling Limonene. These types of compounds end up in the glands that inhibit the skin of plants and can create biological effects in our bodies when ingested. For example, the plant oils in mint can cause a feeling of relaxation when taken as a cup of tea.


Terpinoids have a long history of being antimicrobial, capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease causing microbes and preventing infection.

Terpinator is about to take the hydroponics and indoor gardening world by storm. Stinky flavor packed flowers. If you are looking for your flowers to dominate the potency and aromatic classifications, Terpinator will help you attain champion status.

Grow beautiful and harvest always!

– Gorilla

Sour-Dee from Cutting Edge Solutions is Amazing. I Started Using Sugaree and now SourDee

Hello brothers and sisters!

So we are all probably familiar with Sugaree from Cutting Edge Solutions, this is their new ‘flavor.’ No doubt the magic cotton-candy raspberry heaven smell from Sugaree is epic, I have been using it in my grows ever since the first sample I received more than three years ago. This is a new one for the line, and it works exceptionally well.

Sour-Dee from Cutting Edge Solutions

Sour-Dee, newest flavor and aroma enhancer from Cutting Edge

The best testimony is simply quoting one of my best friends when I had presented him a harvest finished with SourDee. “Dude… what did you do differently?!? It’s always amazing… but now it’s like more amazing!” Developing an intense flavor profile in your favorite fruits and vegetables is how you shine among your peer farmers. We are all good at making a beautiful shiny fruit….. but… how does it taste? How does it smell? =] Sour-Dee infuses your fruits and flowers with a piney-fresh sour hoppy flavor profile, guaranteed to take your taste buds to the next level. “Hello ten, meet eleven.”

Much like Sugaree, Sour-Dee focuses on different tannins, flavonoids, aromatic esters and essences to produce different savory profiles. Sour-Dee provides an organic carbohydrate and electrolyte source to stimulate amino acid production and adds carbohydrates at the end of the flowering season. In my sweeter fruits I didn’t notice a big difference from Sugaree, but with my hops and sour piney tomatoes, the difference was clear. I grow in a Hydroponics ebb & flow bucket system, the flavor and aroma is especially amazing considering it wasn’t grown in soil!

Sour-Dee is a hops best friend!

The formulation contains a low molecular weight sugar source with an emulsion of trace minerals. This combination acts as a compensator as lowering light levels at the end of flowering precipitate drops in photosynthetic rate and ATP production, the molecular currency of of energy production.

ATP is a plant sugar nucleotide composed of the nitrogenous base adenine, the pentose sugar ribose and three phosphate radicals. The phosphate bond contains about 12,000 calories of energy per mole of ATP under the physical conditions of the body. In photosynthesis, ATP is synthesized from the thylakoid membrane of chloroplast cells of plants. Photons from sunlight or grow-lamps excite the chloroplast membrane, which in turn converts this excitation into ATP’s chemical energy.

SourDee Directions feed-chart

Feed chart for Sour-Dee. Use in last 3 weeks of flower and even flush with it.

These additional carbohydrates provide the plant with the energy it requires to drive fruit creation all the way until harvest. Science has proven plants are only able to uptake these simple sugars in the final weeks of their fruit-set. When your plant is nearing the finish line at seasons’ end, it’s leaves turn yellow which directly results in a slow-down of sugar production. You only need to use Sour-Dee or Sugaree in the last three week or so before harvest.

Sour-Dee and Sugaree’s organic formulation provides increases in fruit-set and sugar production when your plant would normally decide that the season is over and work is done. Professional athletes have perfected the concept of ‘Carbo-Loading’ their diets before endurance competitions. When you simply need to pass the finish line and be the best, Sour-Dee is your garden’s plate of spaghetti and snickers bar.


Happy Gardening my friends!

Veg + Bloom Tap-Water Hydroponics – Hydroponic Research Nutrients – Designed for Hydroponics Growing San Diego Tap Water

We were very intrigued when first learning about this nutrient line. “Veg + Bloom” from Hydroponic Research is custom formulated around your cities specific tap water.

Tap Water Nutrients

San Diego Hydroponics Tap Water Growers dream!

Our water here in Southern California is full of contaminants and dissolved solids. Growing with mountain runoff tap-water with over 400-600 PPM is troublesome. The tap water (hard water) is full of things gardeners don’t want, and a few that we do. The guys at Hydroponic Research did all the work and customized around the water flowing from your own tap.

The idea is that you can achieve spectacular results without going to the lengths of running wasteful Reverse Osmosis systems or transporting water from a water store. Similar in concept to the FloraMicro Hardwater from General Hydroponics; but with a much more comprehensive scientific approach toward plant nutrition.

After analyzing everything that San Diego’s tap water already contained, they custom filled all the elements required for a perfect happy plant.

Hydroponics growing with Tap Water in San Diego

Simple, easy, single part nutrient made for tap-water growers in mind.

Hydroponic Research has really delivered on their mission! We have been working with a long time customer who has completed two full runs over the last year as a beta tester. He cycled vegetation to harvest completely with just the one single-part nutrient powder for tap-water. The beta testers say they are extremely happy with the results, and how easy it has made their lives. We have see incredible flowers they have grown with this product. Considering how easy it is to use, and the high-quality results, we are happy to share this find with the world!

Our customers that tested the line say “Greatest thing in the world for a lazy farmer, that wants killer results. This took us from average growers to excellent growers!”

Knowledge is POWDER.

Powder fertilizer - Single part use from early veg to final bloom stage.

San Diego Hydroponics can grow with tap-water is they are looking to save water and money!

All phases, all growing mediums, fully synthetic fertilizer covering all plant Macro, Secondary & Trace (Micro) Minerals.

The company does offer lines for Reverse Osmosis water as well, but for now we only have experience with the Tap Water nutrients running in a hydroponic ebb & flow system. Our testers also say that they have achieved the best results when growing in Rockwool medium versus expanded clay (LECA.) We are lucky enough to have this exceptional nutrient research company located right here in San Diego, California. We can’t wait to see how much this fertilizer line will help our tap-water growers!

Nutrients for Tap Water - Custom made for YOUR tap-water

Hardwater or Tap-water hydroponics nutrients, your prayers have been answered!

Alaska Pure From Nutrifield a Flower Hardener Alternative for Gravity Humboldt County’s Own

San Diego hydroponics gardeners have a great alternative for Humboldt County’s Own Gravity Flower Hardener that has recently been banned for sale in the state of California. Alaska Pure is now available for sale at our store in south bay at Gorilla Gardener Supply San Diego.

Alaska Pure from Nutrifield of Australia is an excellent replacement for Gravity and it contains no hormones or plant growth regulators (PGR’s).

Alaska Pure available for San Diego hydro and soil gardeners

Alaska Pure in stock South bay San Diego Gorilla Gardener Hydroponics

Alaska Pure is a total flowering optimizer containing a rich source of potassium, derived from one of the World’s most nutrient-rich Kelp’s. Potassium directly effects the production of Chlorophyll, and the storage and movement of carbohydrates in plants. Carbohydrates are important as they create higher Brix (sugar) levels, which will optimize the weight of your yield. This product is designed for hydroponics use only.

We have just completed our second full flower test run with Alaska Pure as a flower hardener. Happily we announce that we have finally found a natural and safe alternative that works incredibly well! This is a great replacement for the California banned products like Phosphoload, Dr. Nodes, Flower Dragon, and Bloombastic. Alaska Pure is made of all natural Alaskan Kelp, Ascophylium Nodosum Kelp.

Our first trial run we ran half strength dose of 5-7 ML per gallon for the last 5 weeks of bloom. For our second trial run we ran full strength at 11-15 ML per gallon. Both runs produced fantastic results when run with our base nutrient line Cutting Edge Solutions. Very solid, hard flower growth with no negative effects.

Gravity Alternative Alaska Pure

Alaska Pure alternative available in South Bay San Diego Gorilla Gardener Supply

One very interesting result as well, my reservoir pH tended to stay more stable when using the Alaska Pure. I have no idea why, but the standard pH jog from the organic Calcium supplement Plant Amp from Cutting Edge was very slight. I had to use much less pH down to maintain the 5.3 – 5.5 range I like to run.

Feed chart for Alaska Pure is below:

Alaska Pure Feed Chart

Alaska Pure alternative for Gravity humboldt county's own

We are trying to get frequent imports of the Alaska Pure from Australia via Dome Garden Supply, just give us a call if you would like to try a Liter out yourself. You will be thrilled with the results! A 1 liter bottle retails for $23 and the 5 liter is $71.

Happy growing and here’s to a great outdoor season in 2012!

– Gorilla Gardener

Resinator Rock Premium Products Now Available – Test Run of Rock Resinator Heavy Yields

Rock Resinator has arrived straight from Adelaide, Australia to Gorilla Gardener Hydroponics in San Diego!

rock resinator

from Australia to San Diego - Rock Resinator

I have begun testing the Rock Resinator Heavy Yields after seeing two other beta test gardeners results. I was actually astounded by the resin production this supplement created. This is a competitor product to something like Snow Storm Ultra or Bloombastic -and from what I have seen- the clear winner. The crystal production in oil bearing crops in jaw dropping!


Supercharge Rock Resinator

This will be my very first test run with Resinator but I am confident with the results I have seen thus far to move forward. One thing I really like is the idea that I can keep my reservoir aerated without potentially building up bad bacteria. If you have any experience with Resinator please post your findings!

Below you will find the Rock Nutrients information sheet and feed chart. Click the image for high-res image clear to read =]

Hydroponics San Diego South Bay Chula Vista, CA

Rock Premium Products available in San Diego at Gorilla Gardener Supply Hydroponics store Resinater

Resinator from Rock Nutrients Mix Chart

How much Resinator do I use?

I’m excited to report back on our first trial run in bloom. Anyone tried Resinator from Rock Nutrients? Let us know! Hydrofarm has begun importing and distributing Rock Nutrients, below is a snap of the catalog listing.

Resinator and Supercharge from Rock Nutrients

Rock Supercharge and Rock Resinator

Garden love,

Gorilla Gardener Supply
Chula Vista San Diego, CA
Hydroponics, Nutrients, Soil, Organics & Synthetic

Cutting Edge Solutions G-Rex & T-Rex New Rooting Beneficial Inoculants

Greetings Gorilla Gardeners!

We wanted to share some info with you about the incredible new ‘root boosting’ products from Cutting Edge Solutions. The team at C.E.S. has spent the last fifteen years collecting, cultivating and testing beneficial bacteria and fungi from all over California and the rest of the United States. They have always focused on harvesting the most advantageous bacteria and fungi possible to create explosive and robust growth of your beloved plants, and the results are outstanding. These beneficial organisms are proprietary blends and you will not find anything like these strains in any other products.

Introducing G-Rex & T-Rex biological stimulators!

Cutting Edge Organic Line - Beneficial Inoculants

G-rex & T-rex root boosters

As a big fan of the CES standard 3-part synthetic nutrient line, we were happy to receive some samples of their new proprietary beneficial Fungi & Trichoderma inoculants. Both can be used in a variety of applications and so far we have seen incredible results.

By using these products your plant will host millions of tiny feeder roots that work like the millions of tiny channels in our lungs. The more lung volume, the more oxygen you can hold. The more root volume, the more food you can hold. Your roots are the soul of your plant! Pure healthy happy roots bear massive fruit! G-Rex can be used at every stage of your plants life. Soak your fresh cut clones and place straight into rockwool, foliar apply, add directly to your reservoir, or hand-water into soil and coco based mediums.

Take a look at some great roots we popped up with a recent batch of clones. We soaked Grodan 1.5″ cubes and G.H. Rapid Rooter plugs in pure Reverse Osmosis water that has been off-gased for 48 hours. We used 10 ml / gallon and pH balanced the water to 5.5 for hydroponics application. Also a quick note we suggest that you NEVER use Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) in your reservoir or even as a cleaning product. Hydrogen Peroxide KILLS all these beautiful beneficial organisms you are introducing into your grow medium! Leave the bleach for Kelly Bundy’s platinum hair, not your roots.

G-Rex Rooting beneficial

Beneficial Fungi and Trichoderma create monstrous roots!

G-Rex roots from Cutting Edge Solutions

Mychorrhizae fungi inoculated roots from G-Rex

Fuzzy white fat healthy roots with millions of feeder hairs.

As you can see the G-Rex beneficial organisms have created a web of microscopic tentacles that increase the root systems ability to uptake nutrients. Beneficial fungi & Trichoderma also work to break down and recycle organic material to keep the roots healthy white and robust. The beneficial fungus works in a symbiotic relationship with the plant and the medium it is growing in. Various species of Endomycorrhizal Fungi (Mycorrhizae), Trichoderma, & Bacillus species are precisely blended to colonize the largest possible root mass, maximizing the harvest production of your plants.

The microscopic fungi receive sugar from the roots, in exchange they penetrate far deeper into the soil to absorb and send nutrients back to the plant. When those nutrients are depleted, the beneficial organisms simply reach further into the soil for more. Farmers using aggressive amounts of beneficial bacillus and fungi have found up to a 20% increase in fruit yield when used with normal nutrient schedules, at the same time saving money by using up to 20% less nutrients.

17 days after transplanting rooted plugs into 4″ Grodan Rockwool cubes

Roots with G-rex & T-rex in rockwool

Fuzzy white roots busting out of a 4" Grodan rockwool cube with G-rex & T-rex

The organisms create life in otherwise lifeless mediums like Rockwool, Hydroton (expanded clay), old depleted ‘dead’ potting soil or store-bought pasteurized soils. The medium you buy is lifeless, no beneficial bacteria and fungus to break down and use the decaying roots. Using beneficial organisms provides a great tactic to avoid Pythium Disease aka ‘Root Rot.’

It’s up to you the farmer to provide where mother nature is not available, these beneficials are found throughout the Earth’s Rhizosphere. The worlds largest living organism is a huge fungus that is believed to be approximately 8,500 years old and covers nearly four square miles (10 Km) of forest floor!

Information sheets on G-Rex & T-Rex

Mix Chart to use G-Rex

CES G-Rex Beneficial Booster

Soaked 4" Grodan rockwool cubes in both G-rex & T-rex at 5 ML / gal

G-Rex & T-Rex roots after transplant into 4" Rockwool cubes - 5ml / gal each

Hydroponics in San Diego

Hydroponics growers in San Diego dream about it!

I haven’t had a chance to use the G-Rex as a clone rooting gel, but they claim you can skip using something like Clonex Cloning Gel, Dip n Grow, or Olivia’s Organic Cloning Gel. The next time I am taking clones I will label a special section that will only be soaked in G-Rex and no cloning hormones and see what happens, I’ll post up the results when I get to it! One customer said he tried it with Rapid Rooter plugs and every single one rooted healthy and fuzzy.

T-Rex is only used for rooted clones, vegging plants and regenerating a tired mother plant. Do not use in flower or your plants will never stop stretching! Our recently transplanted new generation of Mother plants have exploded with growth after a few treatments.

T.harzianum & P.tinctorum

Excluse strains of Fungi & Trichoderma

Available in San Diego & Colfax Gorilla Gardener hydroponics store

T-Rex Label

Of course both of these root boosters are designed to be used with the Organic line from Cutting Edge Solutions but can be used with their conventional nutrient line (best results of my life) or any other manufacturers nutrient lines. Below you will see the complete feed chart for the Cutting Edge Organic line that includes Sonoma Gold Grow & Sonoma Gold Bloom, Solar Gia & Sugaree & Sour-Dee. You can also use this product right along with Hum-Tea from Cutting Edge Solutions, their breakthrough Biological super-tea adds even more vibrant Protozoa life and beneficial bacteria sources to colonize your root zone along with Humic Acid, worm castings, seaweed & molasses.

Sugaree, Sonoma Gold, Solar Gaia

Organic Nutrient line from Cutting Edge Solutions

If you have problems finding these boosters at your local hydroponics store, we are happy to ship anywhere in the United States. We will be keeping this item in stock for all of our local San Diego hydroponics and soil growers, as well as our Colfax outdoor growers. Give us a call if you have any questions!

– Gorilla Gardener