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Old 03-16-2017, 10:03 AM #1
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What is this White Gunk clogging up my pipes and how do I get rid of it?

So, for the third time this month, I've had to replace my entire system because this white gunk has clogged up all my pipes.



What is it and how do I get rid of it?

Thanks.
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Old 03-16-2017, 02:03 PM #2
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My guess is the salt build up from nutes. But also could be calcium build up from water.
Is it well water?
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My guess is the salt build up from nutes. But also could be calcium build up from water.
Is it well water?
It's just regular tap water. Are you saying you can't use tap water with hydro plants?
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It's just regular tap water. Are you saying you can't use tap water with hydro plants?
No he is not saying that. He is just asking is it well water or city water. You can use what ever you want, it's just you have to take different precautions when using one vs the other. That is just salt build up. Get drip clean and run that in your res
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Calcium from your tap water

I have to dismantle my drip lines and soak then flush through with citric acid after every run

You'll find it causes a deposit to form on the delivery line that can easily block a 1/4" drip line

Pain but beats having a blocked dripper
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There is a product called drip clean... I believe it is what you need, it also helps with overfertilisation issues, people use it on no waste coco systems (as opposed to the normal drain to waste)
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No he is not saying that. He is just asking is it well water or city water. You can use what ever you want, it's just you have to take different precautions when using one vs the other. That is just salt build up. Get drip clean and run that in your res
So, no one uses tap water without having to use this one product?

Doesn't make sense. I've seen plenty of people running the exact same setup I have and I've never heard this thing mentioned.
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If you can't go through a single run without minerals clogging your lines, you are going have to either run cleaner water or run a product that will prevent the build up. Sorry if that doesn't make sense.
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I don't see the point in fighting water quality. A 100 gal/day RO system cost about $100, hook it to a float valve in a large plastic tote, and poof, you have a big tub of clean water and never have to worry about water quality again... just change the pre filters a couple times a year, and the membrane about every 2 years. fyi, I wouldn't bother with the 7 stage or 9 stage .. or what ever they are trying to sell. I have always used the 4 stage, three pre-filters to remove the junk and chlorine, then the membrane. Just one less thing to deal with, having good water!

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