Help. New grower - do they need nutrients when grown in fox farms? are they supposed to look like this?

I am in the middle of my first grow and looking for a status check. Things were cruising along perfectly until a couple of days ago. The plants are changing and I am confused by so many books/photos/types of grow. Please weigh in on how they look . I think my dog may have barely chewed a couple of leaves off as I see a few low level stems that no longer have a leaf ;( how far should the lighting be? Is it ok that water drops get on the leaves when I water? I see a few brown spots and one leaf has a curly edge. The ph fluctuates between 6-7.7 and I am not sure why? I used growtime for the first time 2 days ago. Do the plants need it if they are in fox farms ocean soil? Thank you!

What strain,
white widow auto flower (big plants) Girl Scout Cookies auto flower (smaller plants)
-Age of plant -
Widows sprouted 06/11 and GSK sprouted 07/01 ish
Soil fox farms
3,5,7 gallon fabric Vivo sun pots
-PH and TDS of Water, Solution, runoff (if Applicable)
PH stays between 6 and 7.2 except if they dry a bit the ph does go up momentarily
-PPM/TDS or EC of nutrient solution if applicable.
I have not tested
-Method used to measure PH and TDS
orange meter from Amazon that tests light, ph and moisture
-Indoor -
11 pots have a whole bedroom but use about 4 x4 space. No tent. They have their own space.
-Light system - I bought this 2.5 weeks ago. Previously I had multiple individual cheap o lights from Amazon.
California light innovations * Efficiency: 2.51 umol/j

  • Power Consumption: 0-400 W
  • Spectrum Control: Digital/Programmable
  • Coverage Area - Bloom: 4’ X4’
  • Coverage Area - Veg: Up to 6’ X 6’
  • Warranty: 5 Years
  • Replaces a 600-watt HPS with 40% Less Energy
    -Actual wattage draw of lights
    See above. I am not sure
    -Current Light Schedule
    24 hours under lights- but until 5 days ago 18/6
    -Temps; Day, Night
    Day 72-75, night 75
    -Humidity; Day, Night
    I kept it at 70% but now am doing 50% day and night
    -Ventilation system;
    No - high quality air purifier/fans aimed to blow across the canopy
    -AC, Humidifier, De-humidifier,
    Humidifiers - I turn on when needed. Basic people humidifiers
    -Co2; Yes, No


When you swapped to you new light, did you start a the lowest setting comparable to your old lights? Looks like a little bit of shock from changing lights, what your distance to canopy?

Thank you!

I just turned on the light and placed it 18” above the canopy. I also went from 18/6 to 24/0 when I changed the light. It would make sense they are shocked. I did not think to introduce the light in intervals or slowly.

Once I added the new light the plants grew towards it rapidly and the light is only about 8” away in some spots now.
I will be raising the light today.
Should I try less light and β€˜or less time with the light on?
I have to agree that the changes started when I added the strong light. It seems

They look good the leaf curled looks like light maybe to close .try adjusting the lights and see ifthat helps. I usually kept my lights 24in from canopy

Your light should have a specific guide, that gives light distance for plant stages. My guess with your light would 14-16”.

I am relatively new. So @ChittyChittyBangin can verify 18/6 would be best for now.

Aside from the shocked growth. They look good.

Looks like they a luxurious room!

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You can run 24 if you would like, but if you were running 18/6 i would def swap back to that. Download the photone app and that will help you dial in your lights.

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