I’m buying r/o water...

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by Hydrowannabe, Feb 1, 2018.

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    Hydrowannabe

    Hydrowannabe Well-Known Member

    It’s not an ideal situation, but right now I have to buy r/o water and I have two jugs that sepate a weeks worth of plain r/o water and my nutrient mix for that week. Do I need to oxygenate those jugs if I’m replacing the water ever week. I don’t need oxygen for plant life, just thinking maybe to keep the water and nutrient mixes from going bad. I hope that made sense
     

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    HydroRed

    HydroRed Well-Known Member

    To answer your question, no there will be no need. Im assuming you are running a hydro system (judging by your screen name)?
     
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    Hydrowannabe

    Hydrowannabe Well-Known Member

    I didn’t give much info bc I haven’t completely decided what medium I’m going to use. My past grows were soil but I want to switch to coco. I stuck the clone in soil bc I know I can grow it into a mother from there (not confident yet to start a mother in coco). Then I will take cuttings from this clone and gradually switch over to everything hydro. Currently I’m getting used to using reservoirs and r/o water etc. plus I just moved and the water is really bad so this was the quickest option. Without any explanation, it might sound weird That im growing in soil and asking about r/o water ha
     
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    Hydrowannabe

    Hydrowannabe Well-Known Member

    I Went and bought one gallon jugs for mixing less Nutes and water. I have yet to see how much water I will be using per week, so I figure that’s a good place to start. Once I figure all that stuff, I will then just use my actual reservoir. It’s been years since my last grow and I don’t remember how much water I used bc it was good tap from my faucet
     
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    Lordhooha

    Lordhooha Well-Known Member

    How bad is your water? I use my well water in soil and hydro. For reference it’s about 200 ppm coming out.
     
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    Lordhooha

    Lordhooha Well-Known Member

    Also you should plan ahead to avoid running into issues or unforeseen trips to go buy something. In hydro my plants can easily suck up several gallons a day, coco eats a lot even in small pots, soil I would use a few gallons every 2 days in 7 gallon pots.
     
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    Jypsy Dog

    Jypsy Dog Well-Known Member

    My tap can run from 400/500. I mix my RO 3:1 and can pull 150-170 and skip the Cal/Mag. I also buy my RO from the machine up the road,.20 a gallon. 20 gallons every 2 weeks. I store in 5 gallon buckets.
     
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    Lordhooha

    Lordhooha Well-Known Member

    If you buy it why not buy an ro filter and hook it up?
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    i buy mine too. i had a small RO unit but it wasted way too much well water for my liking.

    a question for you and @Lordhooha :

    i've read in more than a few places that the Cal and Mg molecules in well or tap water are too large in micron size to be used by the plant. have you guys/gals heard that and is it true?
     
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    Lordhooha

    Lordhooha Well-Known Member

    See I have issue it’s that I never have used or needed cal mag in any of my grows. Is it as readily available as the chelated one probably not but it gets absorbed none the less. Also they do have some 1:1 ro filters out there I’m sure.
     
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    Jypsy Dog

    Jypsy Dog Well-Known Member

    Saw that also. So far my Plants don't agree. 8 weeks in to a Strawberry Glue CoCo grow. I'm not going to question it. Just flipped her a week ago. :weed:
     
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    Jypsy Dog

    Jypsy Dog Well-Known Member

    Filtering 500 PPM eats the piss out of the filters. The waste off is horrible also. I'll let the Commercial Machine do the work.
     
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    Lordhooha

    Lordhooha Well-Known Member

    Really? mine last a little over a year or more how many filters did the one you use have? Not knocking your decision just curious.
     
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    Lordhooha

    Lordhooha Well-Known Member

    Plus any waste water goes to barrels and used outside.
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    exactly. my replacement filters at Safeway cost zero. lol.
     
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    Jypsy Dog

    Jypsy Dog Well-Known Member

    Caught the service tech with the doors open a while back. They push our crappy AZ water thru a carbon block filter first, then the RO. Cuts the waste off by 2/3. Living in the dessert, I kinda cringe at the waste of a home unit. Got rid of my lawn 3 years back.... no place to recycle the cast off. The guy that owns the Chinese Market has a deal with them to vend @ .20/gal.bongsmilie
     

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