The brown algae returns once again. It is on my pumps and hoses in the reservoir. I added 5ml (to my 85 gallons of water) of Bleach to add some chlorine to the water maybe this will help. I am going to go through the 3 things that cause it once again and see what I can do to prevent this.
The reservoir is light proofed so nothing gets in there. So is my R/O reservoir.
Maybe light is getting in through the tops of the containers? I doubt it is in flower, but maybe in the veg tent. I will make Panda Film covers for each site now just to be sure.
My room temps are a minimum of 65 degrees, and a maximum of 79 degrees daily. My water temperature is about 72 degrees.
This seems fine.
I get a decent amount of bubbles but I could get more. I will look into getting a stronger air pump. I am going to do this ASAP. I just did the math and I am not getting enough air. My pump puts out 5500 CFM or 90 LPM, I run 16 air stones total. This gives me 5.6 LPM on each site, I want closer to 7 LPM.
I saw Nix's solution regarding organic tea, I don;t think I can use this as I can not mess with my nutrient formula. I depend on the Lucas method a lot as I run both veg and flower off of one reservoir.
My plants and roots look fine despite all of this so I wont let it bother me. I will, however get this fixed before problems arise from it rather than waiting until they do. It's all part of tuning in this wonderful system!
If anyone that uses R/O water is reading I would love to hear some advice on this! My mentor has never used it and neither has anyone else I know. I really hate it so far. I wish my source water was better.
Edited by Darkmatter, 28 February 2012 - 03:56 PM.