- I'm guessing though...and again just a guess. That rain water may not always work great. If living in a highly industrial area wouldn't the clouds containing all the water vapor mix with the pollutants and cause a low PH level. I guess acid rain...But I know that acid rain is also a phenomenon so i'm not saying your feeding them acid rain just saying you might want to check your PH levels before feeding your babies . First post I believe. lol
Great idea to consider the water as it is what controls the nutes as far as adding or having a def. of something essential. Rain water is great but if it is collected from your roof what did it pick up off the roof? Boiling it is a waste of time,It would kill organisms but won't remove most chemicals, it has extra oxygen molecules which invigorate roots. But it won't keep in that state. the Ozone factor. RO systems do have various ratios of waste but you could use it for your lawn etc it won't do any harm. Many bottle machines use filters which don't get the maintenace they should!! I see folks carting away this stuff as if its manna from heaven. Most here are located outside coin laundries. Also keep in mind nutrient man'fers formulate off "tap" so they adjust according to what they believe they are starting with now some know you may use R/O and have seperate formulas for that. GH is one. Your food crops are using tap and whatever rain comes upon them, its not an answer in total but part of the issue. Simply do an easy experiment with some potted plants, feed one tap plus whatever nute at the same rate Ph etc as the ones using RO and /or distilled et al. and chart the differnces if any. Is it worth invessting time resources to change you will have an answer right there. No time for this. Just want an answer. Well I have grown with tap and its 8.3 and varies from 330-390 throughout the year. I have several R/O units and have run them. The benefit of RO is better drinking water for you. Bottles waste a lot of energy transporting etc and who needs more plastic residues? Landfill too. I havehad very sucessful grows with tap based waters, I have had some nightmares with RO as I had to figure which elements needed to be added back. Cal Mag etc. and at what rate. It made my grow a science project from hell! I wanted a simple fix, something that would be easy to do without chemicals so I use some RO mixed with tap around 60/40 to add back the missing. It works well. No nute defs and healthy plants. I do filter for paticulate matter as hydro units can get clogged up. I will run a set of experiments to show what happened with tap vs etc. Need to find that cam, I think it has legs, always somewhere else. anyways I am rooting some Bubba bx2 and Herijuanas and will devote a few to a pot to see what the outcome is. Great post BTW Good info and a wake up to thise who overlooked the water, ahhh. Yes the water.
Last edited by Badmf; 07-13-2012 at 09:56 AM.
343 You are not forgotten Water: The most essential compound "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"-Edmund Burke
All this scientific knowledge!
ram some volvic down them pure freshness
Nicely done. And that is from a dialysis nurse. Our patients' lives revolve around water as does the entire dialysis process. You covered the subject extremely well.
Aw did I hurt your little ass feelings, sweetheart?
Seemingly water had played an important role on every aspect of life which is also a necessary tool in enriching bio-life.
I have been reading this thread for days, now I want to say thanks to doc. This thread should read every grower.