Swiming pool or aquarium ph suplys

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by justsmoking, Jul 12, 2009.

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    justsmoking

    justsmoking Active Member

    Can I use swiming pool ph up and down to ph my water for the plants. Another question can I use fish tank ph strips to check. Is there any differance in those compared to what I get at a grow shop? After all isn't it water all the same?
     
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    justsmoking

    justsmoking Active Member

    Can't anyone tell me if I can just use swiming pool ph suplys???
     
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    cain129

    cain129 Well-Known Member

    Use aquarium products or hydro products but I don't see why pool products wouldn't work.
     
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    justsmoking

    justsmoking Active Member

    Thank you for the feedback. I checked out your pics and that's a real nice setup coming along there. Are you getting ready for a big grow. I've never seen a compost maker before. That's pretty cool. Well anyways off to the store I go again. 2,500 $ later.
     
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    pokesalotasmot

    pokesalotasmot Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't see why not, just make sure there isn't any added chemicals in there with it.

    And don't use the ph test strips. They are worthless. There's no way to get an accurate reading of your ph, and you need accuracy for your plants to get the most out of it. All the test strips do is give you a VERY general idea of your ph.

    Check the net, there are places that sell $30-40 ph meters that will work 50 times better than paper.
     
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    cain129

    cain129 Well-Known Member

    No prob bro. just tired of paying when I could be playing, so I found a partner and the adventure has begun. I'm ready to have mass amounts at my disposal.
     
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    growpotsmoke

    growpotsmoke Active Member

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    breakneck

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    I got some test strips at PetCo. They are for an aquarium and they worked fine!
     
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    justsmoking

    justsmoking Active Member

    I went to pet co and picked up a ph kit with the little vial and the ph up and down. Works good I can see though why the electronic one is better because of it's convenience. This grow I'll manage. Thank you guys once again for the feed back
     
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    Mrwest806

    Mrwest806 Member

    So does pool ph up work for growing?
     
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    ColoradoHighGrower

    ColoradoHighGrower Well-Known Member

    Don't use muratic acid or any other pool acid for ph down on your plants. Just don't. A bottle of propper ph down for growing is cheaper than throat/lung surgery... Ph up for pools is usually just sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), so that's likely okay....
     
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    Stink Bug

    Stink Bug Well-Known Member

    Muratic acid is just fine to use as a down. Baking soda as an up is a horrible idea. The sodium bicarbonate will build up and wreak havic in the medium. And pool shock in hydro to combat root rot.
     
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    john wishmyer

    john wishmyer Well-Known Member

    dont ph in soil
     
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    Potmetal

    Potmetal Well-Known Member

    If I spent $2,500 setting up my grow, I'll be damned if I trust one of the most basic tests of growing setup viability to pet store stop gaps.

    Methinks that this is a less than ideal thing to be cutting corners on. Let me be clear tho, you can make it all work and produce.

    Either way OP, I hope ya sort it all out and have footballs dragging your branches overbongsmilie
     
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    ColoradoHighGrower

    ColoradoHighGrower Well-Known Member

    Really? Pool Shock!?! I always though Bromine/Chlorine were bad, hence why folks age their tap water?
     
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    Stink Bug

    Stink Bug Well-Known Member

    I know many hydro growers that use it.
     
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    ColoradoHighGrower

    ColoradoHighGrower Well-Known Member

    Wow! Ya learn something new every day on this site!
     
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    Stink Bug

    Stink Bug Well-Known Member

    Low concentrations of either will harm beneficials if they are present. But really do not harm the plants. Chlorine is actually a trace element used by them.
     
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    Rakin

    Rakin Well-Known Member

    As far as checking PH imho for me I only use GH drops. I notice you don’t have to calibrate the color of drops or worry that the drops may give you the wrong color.
     
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    Pounds4days

    Pounds4days Active Member

    If ya do I'll make sure to stay away from that product. Using true garden ph adjusters is the only appropriate chemical for up and down with some exceptions like lemon juice for ph down.
     
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