Hello everyone. Have a problem that has been hounding me since I switched to RO water last year. Ever since switching I have had major problems with grows and Soil pH easily going off on me. Before I was using ffof and trio nutes and grew super big juicy green plants. Then one day the water which comes from the reservoir stunk real bad so I then decided to go with the 3 buddy system RO water and have had problems since. I really am not 100% sure but problems started at that time and am now just putting it together that it has something to do witht RO water and control of pH. Don’t matter how much CalMag you put in, if pH is off then all those nutes mean nothing. RO water = Bad pH problems (still not sure if I am using too much or not enough calmag, 1 teaspoon per gallon everytime water and feed )
RO water is at 9 ppm
tap water is 288 ppm
I bought this filter
and it takes every bit of chlorine out of the tap water.
ppm of filtered water is still 288 ppm , the company claims that the stuff filtered out like chlorine don’t change the ppm, is that true? Heavy metals are still there but heck we breath in heavy metals every day.
Like I said the grows with tap water was better than these grows with RO water and am thinking RO water is my problem with this big war I am having with pH lockout. RO water causes lost soil buffer and problems mount too high. Any one else use RO water then quit because too many essential minerals are stripped out and CalMag just don’t cut it and buffer is lost which causes severe drift in the soil? @missiles@tdubwilly@hoppiefrog@macgyver_stoner@BudBrother@myfriendis410@organicgrower4m@Jess@anyone else with similar situation. Thank you.
I am in roots organic original soil this grow, then I move to super soil and that is the reason I must get this down pat on watering, I am thinking this over and over and think that the tap water at 288 ppm may be better to use for my super soil grows coming up here.
Since I started using RO I never looked back but if you feel you were doing better with tap them I’d say give it another go.
The whole thing about the minerals being “stripped” from the water as you say gives you total control over what goes into your plant by giving you water with a “blank slate” that you are able put in exactly what you want.
Again, if you feel you were more successful with tap them give it another whirl
This is what I found out about using RO. @tdubwilly hit right on it. It strips the water of chlorine and such chemicals and Micronutrients.
These micronutrients are very much needed for Soil growers. Iron, sink, copper, vitamins and salts. My deficiencies were constantly showing up. I researched and asked questions just to find that out.
Now I use tap water, but I Air a grate it for 36 hours before use. Then with some coconut water to add more vitamins. Now I’m back on tract. Good luck Farmer
Yes that is a good idea, mix it alittle maybe that will stabilize things. I am going to be doing some experimenting soon, dropped extra seeds, free ones I got from an order and going to get to the bottom of this, But like I said the next grow is going to be super soil, just tested that soil, been outside cooking for a couple months, Put some in a pot and watered runoff (with distilled water) out and tested it, 6.5 pH and 1314 ppm’s. So I think I am good on that super soil. Thx
Those are very good levels of numbers. Iv found out that when I transplanting into this higher levels of ppm’s ( 1300 or more ) I use seed potting mix watered down and 2” thick I lined the bottom and sides of my hole before the planting. This prevents nutrient burns for 10-15 days.
This is the plan.
1/2 supersoil at bottom half
top 1/2 roots organics either original or green fields, I have used both and find that green fields has more nitrogen because of added compost and is very good veg soil, but going to put original in the other container to compare. Thx. see anything not right in your eyes let me know, ask away. oh the pic came in sideways you have to lean you head to the right ! haha
Iv not done this myself and i truly believe each environment is Unique in its own right to DIY projects. Maybe @Ladithief or @Packee might see something here. But I say each grow to me is Experimental because I learn each time what to do or not to do.
You can always dechloronate the tap water by letting it sit for 24hrs and aerating. I was doing this for my living soil outdoor grow this season, until I realized “hey dummy” I’m on a Great Lake and should walk to the dock and fill up
I would almost try this Great Lake, However; the bad bacteria was up to 687,000 ppm two years ago n under treatment today. The Authorities are having home and campgrounds flush the die down, if it shows up in Lake Ontario they are fined upwards to 10,000 big ones.