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    Compost/nutrient tea slimey reservoir

    So I'm new to organics and I'm trying to do the nutrient tea thing. I use kelp meal, insect frass, bud and bloom booster in a compost tea bag. Then into a 5 gal bucket with 3 air stones. I usually add some hydroguard and sometimes some hygrozyme. Sometimes I use raw aloe or aloe powder from BAS.

    Is this slime from the aloe? The slime coats my air stones and they basically stop bubbling.

    Any tips to keep my tea bubbling?

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    Teas are a waste of money and time IMO. Just mix good soil and top dress as necessary. People really overcomplicate organic growing.

    I can see why people would be interested in them coming from growing with bottled nutes though. Looks like you even threw some of your old bottled stuff up in the mix which is probably fine though depending on what it is exactly...

    The biggest pitfall in getting into organics is buying too much stuff. Build A Soil is totally trying to sell people stuff they don't need just like the hydro store tries to. The main difference is that at least Jeremy sometimes says in the videos you don't need to buy all this stuff etc. He often says "you can't buy a good grow' then goes on to try and sell you 20 different products lol. Almost like he's at war with himself wanting to do the right thing but also realizing he runs a business.

    Sorry, this isn't a very helpful rant and just my opinion of course. Just some food for thought.

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      #3
      As flowering goes on I like to give the Girls some Extra.

      Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, each from 2 organic sources ... until I ran out of Wood Ash.

      Now the plants only get Potassium from the soil, and the chicken manure in the tea.


      Starting about 4 weeks in, I started giving them Nutes every other day.

      4 plants in 32 gallon pots.

      On the non-nute day, I just flush them real thoroughly.

      Hose-Water them twice, basically. One of them drains slow so she only gets watered once.


      When they get extra nutes, they get hose watered first, then a gallon of dilute Nutes.

      Lots of Nitrogen, Mucho de Phosphorus, a little Potassium.

      I think they like it.


      I think Time Management is a BIG part of growing.

      I try to get everything set up so I can take care of business fast.
      Never Under-estimate the Psychopathic-ness of a Politician

      who is in Save the Children Mode.

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        #4
        I always prefer to do my soil light on amendments, less is more, and then boost with teas and top dressings what I see the plant needs. Much safer than trying to add all nutrients for the year and easier to custom tailor to each strains needs.
        As far as slime, skip the air stones. Just use straight tubing, there is better agitation that way anyways. You are going to get slime, those are called microbes.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Great outdoors View Post
          I always prefer to do my soil light on amendments, less is more, and then boost with teas and top dressings what I see the plant needs. Much safer than trying to add all nutrients for the year and easier to custom tailor to each strains needs.
          As far as slime, skip the air stones. Just use straight tubing, there is better agitation that way anyways. You are going to get slime, those are called microbes.
          I worry about the slime because if it covering my air stones to the point they dont bubble anymore, what would they do to my roots?

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            #6
            Originally posted by BobChronic6505 View Post

            I worry about the slime because if it covering my air stones to the point they dont bubble anymore, what would they do to my roots?
            The biology in that slime works hand in hand with the roots. Welcome to the world of organics. You can't be scared of slimy stinky things, they are your friend. Just don't use anything that's smell gives you a gag reflex.

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              Ok cool thanks man

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                #8
                It would be good to identify what is causing the slime. I doubt it's bacterial biofilm due to how rapidly it's growing. Probably related to the aloe (it's slimy stuff). If you took out the insect frass, then none of your inputs would contain microbes and you could just mix and apply. You could aerate for a short period of time just to raise dissolved oxygen levels right before applying your tea. When applying any nutrient or nutrient tea, it's important to identify the limiting factor of growth and then apply accordingly.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by KIS View Post
                  It would be good to identify what is causing the slime. I doubt it's bacterial biofilm due to how rapidly it's growing. Probably related to the aloe (it's slimy stuff). If you took out the insect frass, then none of your inputs would contain microbes and you could just mix and apply. You could aerate for a short period of time just to raise dissolved oxygen levels right before applying your tea. When applying any nutrient or nutrient tea, it's important to identify the limiting factor of growth and then apply accordingly.
                  Do u think my tea would go anaerobic without the proper amount of bubbles in there?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by BobChronic6505 View Post

                    I worry about the slime because if it covering my air stones to the point they dont bubble anymore, what would they do to my roots?
                    Air stone don’t work long with tea. They plug up. Nature of the game.

                    I’d leave out the aloe. Kind of a pointless gimmick IMO.
                    “I'm in a constant process of thinking about things. ”
                    ― Richard Brautigan

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by h.h. View Post

                      Air stone don’t work long with tea. They plug up. Nature of the game.

                      I’d leave out the aloe. Kind of a pointless gimmick IMO.
                      I'm using aloe for its wetting properties. I have some promix that loves to get hydrophobic pockets, and I think it definitely helps as far as that goes.

                      Nutritionally, idk for a fact what it does, but I can say the first time I fed with raw aloe water, i saw a good difference next lights on. I saw what I thought were and are Happy praying leaves.

                      So I use it occasionally to keep the promix wet, and any additional nutrients it provides is icing on the cake

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by BobChronic6505 View Post

                        I'm using aloe for its wetting properties. I have some promix that loves to get hydrophobic pockets, and I think it definitely helps as far as that goes.

                        Nutritionally, idk for a fact what it does, but I can say the first time I fed with raw aloe water, i saw a good difference next lights on. I saw what I thought were and are Happy praying leaves.

                        So I use it occasionally to keep the promix wet, and any additional nutrients it provides is icing on the cake
                        It probably makes a good wetting agent. I’ll give it that.
                        “I'm in a constant process of thinking about things. ”
                        ― Richard Brautigan

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