AFAIK chlorine will dissapate with sitting, but chloramine won't.. Potassium metabisulphite will neutralise chloramine.. or ro filter.
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No, no worries at all. I appreciate the input and I don't really disagree with anything you're saying. I'm just not worried about those issues in the immediate, as they haven't been a problem.I'll say no more except...your plants do not look healthy and you have lost time
Of veg you will not get back.....
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The big push to chloramine is that it produces less VOCs when it degrades and it takes longer to degrade, about a week or two in sitting water. Having the water surface agitated and the volume circulated will speed up decomposition.AFAIK chlorine will dissapate with sitting, but chloramine won't.. Potassium metabisulphite will neutralise chloramine.. or ro filter.
Yeah, you can go the free chlorine route using bleach and balancing the pH, but I would still prefer campden tablets because you use 1/2 a tablet (get a pill cutter) to treat 10 gallons. And it does so in under 15 minutes while only adding ~65 ppm per gallon. It's the simplest and easiest route and the tablets are dirt cheap. If you buy in bulk, you can get 1 lbs bags from LD Carlson of 730 tablets for under $20 USD at your local homebrew store. That's enough to treat 14,600 gallons of water and it can be done with minimal residual effect, which is why campden tablets are so popular with making wine, cider and beer.The bleach connection...
Removing chloramine from water
Chloramine can be removed from tap water by treatment with superchlorination (10 ppm or more of free chlorine, such as from a dose of sodium hypochlorite bleach or pool sanitizer) while maintaining a pH of about 7 (such as from a dose of hydrochloric acid). Hypochlorous acid from the free chlorine strips the ammonia from the chloramine, and the ammonia outgasses from the surface of the bulk water. This process takes about 24 hours for normal tap water concentrations of a few ppm of chloramine. Residual free chlorine can then be removed by exposure to bright sunlight for about 4 hours
I don’t actually use camden tablets, so I can’t speak for how well they work in hydroponics regarding hydroguard. My water is treated with chloramine and I’ve had 3 grows so far with no problems, so I don’t bother trying to get rid of the chloramine.A question...if you use hydrogaurd for beneficial bacteria....and then use Camden tablets to kill bacteria and negate chloramine...
Is this not a exercise in futility?
As I understand it the camden is a sulfate
Base and will lock up oxygen and kill the beneficial bacteria in the hydrogaurd...
I understand that Camden is used in brewing for sterilization....I have not heard of it used in hydroponics
Am I missing something?
Chloramine will naturally dissipate. Acidity also speeds this up. My hypothesis is that treating your water with pH down will accelerate breakdown and off-gassing of chloramine. Overall, I dont worry about this. I think it's trivial.AFAIK chlorine will dissapate with sitting, but chloramine won't.. Potassium metabisulphite will neutralise chloramine.. or ro filter.
Update to changes in protocol:
I've moved on from KISS GH Flower at 7.5g/gallon to adjusting water to pH ~5.6 and then adding nutrients (GH Grow/Bloom) at around 4.5g to 5.5g, 1-2mL/g of CaMg and 1mL/g of Hydroguard. I supplement with GH KoolBloom at flowering week 4 and 6.
I also ditched my old dial timers (relics) and now use smart plugs with Google Home and use Routines to time light cycles. I turn on at a specific time, delay for a time (12-18 hours), then turn off. At any time I can easily edit when the light cycle changes and I can be anywhere in the world with a data connection to make it happen.
Also, winter is approaching. Which means I'm going to eventually say goodbye to my LED and hello to my 150w HPS.
GH nutes are stocked at Ace Hardware now, so it's fairly easy for me to get them IRL and they're notably cheaper than buying online. Will look into Dyna-Gro.Something to consider is giving the Dyna-Gro lineup a shot it's a overall superior product for hydroponics easy clean and complete
Most all hydro growers I know have switched to it...in side by side test it blows all the expensive snake oils out of the water...worth a look for sure
Keep at it...you'll find the flow
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