Root Excelurator or an DWC equivalent

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    Kenny Grows

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    I'm wondering if Root Excelurator can be used in DWC. I'm on my first grow and currently not using anything for my roots. I got a bottle of Great White (the powder) free at local hydro store. But when I use it it makes my roots kinda slimy and brown so I stopped using it. What do you guy and gals use for root health in DWC?
     
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    rkymtnman

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    2 choices: a sterile res or beneficial bacteria res
     
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    Kenny Grows

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    If going the beneficial bacteria route. How do I introduced the good bacteria? Is it as easy as adding a little sugar and Great White to fert mix?
     
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    Airwalker16

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    Cold water is the answer. <70*
     
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    rkymtnman

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    i use southern ag garden friendly fungicide. similar to hydroguard but cheaper, more concentrated. 1mL or so per gallon.
     
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    Kenny Grows

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    Thanks for the recommendation. I've been adding 1-2ml of H2O2 per gallon every 3 to 5 days. I'm burning through it to quick I think.

    As for water temp, it's ~71 in dark and ~73 when lights are on
     
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    rkymtnman

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    this is my second grow using that southern ag. i'm in GH waterfarms that get up to grow room temps, mid 70's.

    previously, i used HTH pool shock for a sterile res. it was easy to use too. and even cheaper.
     
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    Kenny Grows

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    I like the look of the waterfarms and price when more. I have a normal 5 gallon bucket with airstones. How you ever compared the 2 methods?
     
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    rkymtnman

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    i have. i started with the 5 gal buckets. years later,, i'm back to dwc. i modified the waterfarms a bit. added an airstone. few other mods. now they work perfectly in my drain to waste, autofeed setup. i have a timer that feeds them once/day and all i have to do is change my res once/week. i like the top feed of the waterfarm when plants are small.
     
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    Kenny Grows

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    Sounds so simple and easy. I want to get the hang of things, like LSTing and nutrients, then start upgrading my grow space. How many plants do you usually have at a time? I'm trying to get a feel for how many I'd need for just me. I smoke ½-1 ounce a month.
     
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    rkymtnman

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    i don't do any training. i let them grow as is. nutes are either GH floranova bloom or GH maxibloom.

    i do 2 at a time and i've just finished setting up a veg tent so i can start 2 more and have them vegged to a decent height as the others finish and then they go in the bloom room. pretty much perpetual give or take. that setup should easily get you a oz a month. if you have leftovers, make hash or wax.
     
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    Kenny Grows

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    Hey so do you just mix it in with every nutrient change? I just got a bottle i'm wondering if it'll kill the nutrients or anything, this stuff looks serious.
     
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    rkymtnman

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    i just add 1 or 2mL maybe 2x a week. a waterfarm only holds 2 gals.

    if you see any root issues, i'd bump it up to 5mL.
     
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    Kenny Grows

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    thanks again for the info
     
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    Budley Doright

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    Sorry to bud (lol) in guys but Rocky what are u using for nutes and media in your DTW? Thinking of setting one up.
     
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    rkymtnman

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    i was doing hempy buckets drain to waste. medium is mix of growstones/hydroton

    now i'm using GH waterfarms in drain to waste. same medium in upper part of waterfarm.

    nutes are now GH maxibloom with bioag tm-7 as an additive. and the southern ag hydroguard copy for root care.
     
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    Budley Doright

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    Ya I tried to find the SA up here and it was a ridiculous price when u recommended it a few weeks ago ...... fucking Canada :(. I may hit you up for tips if I go the DTW route ;). Still trying to figure out what to run as well :(.
     
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    rkymtnman

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    i like dtw. seems like res pH and EC being stable just makes growing easier.

    i tried coco dtw and didn't like it. i'd stay away from it personally.

    give me a shout whenever and i'll help if i can
     
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    Budley Doright

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    I'm hoping to use some of the 20lb bag of hydroton I have but not sure what else, I also have a lot of perilite :).
     
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    rkymtnman

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    sounds like a perfect mix for a hempy bucket. and an easy way to try dtw.
     
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