Botanicare Hydroguard works great but.....

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by redzi, Nov 19, 2018.

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    redzi

    redzi Well-Known Member

    I have used Botanicare Hydroguard to keep a healthy mix of bacteria that along with air will keep a batch of water with nutrients from turning into a smelly mess that will kill or harm your roots, fish, ect.. This involves live bacteria and their spores. Every bottle has a manufacture date and the instructions that it is good for 6 months after opening. I have seen pictures of bottles that had altered dates and in my case bottles that had no date at all. I took the bottle that you see with the date and was able to wipe it off the date without any damage to the label. IMG_2031.JPG IMG_2031a.jpg
     
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    redzi

    redzi Well-Known Member

    I bought both bottles from Amazon. The one without a date has been sent back to Amazon at no expense to me. Every bottle that I have bought has the same looking date as the bottle on the left. I had all kinds of problems with rot until I used HG. I am guessing that someone else likes it too...1 quart is $28.
     
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    fragileassassin

    fragileassassin Well-Known Member

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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    southern ag: same strain of bacteria, half the cost and one million times stronger than hydroguard.
     
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    macsnax

    macsnax Well-Known Member

    Really! I know that you know your shit. So your saying this is a better alternative? Because I was just getting ready to order some more hg.
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    way better. way cheaper. way stronger.

    try it. when you use it, it looks like iced coffee instead of a clear liquid.
     
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    macsnax

    macsnax Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the heads up, I'm going to give it a shot.
     
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    thenasty1

    thenasty1 Well-Known Member

    southern ag gff is whats up
    dirt cheap, same strain as hydroguard, way more concentrated. i run it at 1ml/21 gal, and i suggest mixing that dosage into a gallon or two of water before putting it in your res
     
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    shawnery

    shawnery Well-Known Member

    Not to mention it smells and looks like a sweet frappuccino.
     
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    Big Perm

    Big Perm Well-Known Member

    I'm a big fan of hydroguard as well, good to know about the potential scammers. I'm not going to use it this run and instead use Dyna-Zyme to test it out. I'm a little nervous to be honest, but excited to see how it works.
     
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    Hot Diggity Sog

    Hot Diggity Sog Well-Known Member

    WOW!
     
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    Hot Diggity Sog

    Hot Diggity Sog Well-Known Member

    When you guys are using this stuff, what is the strategy you use when topping of your reservoir? Are you adding more of these products or do you only add them when you do water changes?
     
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    shawnery

    shawnery Well-Known Member

    I mix it, when used, at 20:1 and then 1ml per gallon.
     
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    fragileassassin

    fragileassassin Well-Known Member

    I personally use a barrel to keep the res level up. I keep that barrel with nute solution in it and I just throw the hydroguard in the control res every friday. No water changes here.
     
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    Hot Diggity Sog

    Hot Diggity Sog Well-Known Member

    That sounds like a well oiled machine. I'm not at that point and am doing water changes still. I manually add 1 gallon 2 or 3 times a day and was just wondering if I should be adding hydroguard or not. Right now when I mix up a fresh batch of nutes, I put in 20 ml of HG for 10 gallons of water but then like I said, am adding 2 to 3 gallons more water daily.
     
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    Hot Diggity Sog

    Hot Diggity Sog Well-Known Member

    @redzi - Did not mean to hijack your thread. I in fact just ordered a jug of Southern from Amazon.
     
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    shawnery

    shawnery Well-Known Member

    I'd be careful we don't use it to long. It is so concentrated that the chace of using it all before it goes bad must be pretty bad.
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    i do auto feed waterfarms. i give them 1mL once a week. right into each waterfarm. maybe twice if i remember. they drink about a gal/day.
     
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    Hot Diggity Sog

    Hot Diggity Sog Well-Known Member

    Ok...this is my 1st time doing DWC/RDWC and 1st time using bennies - my only other limited experience with hydro was sterile.
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    i did sterile for about 5 years. then switched over to southern ag. each way works great. this is easier i think even though sterile is easy too. lol.
     
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