Compost teas! Good or bad in DWC?


So Was draining and filling today and noticed my roots looked stained in some areas… so I looked at my reservoir and noticed some brown slime … now it smelled and looked like my b-52 vitamins settling out but was also scared bacteria was growing.

So I went to google and tried to find an answer and noticed this is pretty popular issue among dwc growers… many of the post have been saying they are using compost teas to fix the issue… many people are claiming they have seen double the root growth as well as yields…

So does anyone have any experience with compost teas in dwc or have tried this ? @Stephen what’s your knowledge on this? Also what are some other routes I can take to help the issue?

You know I’m always down for an experiment Probky will brew something today…

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Dose her with sensizyme, while you wait for answers to your question. I have no experience with compost teas :man_shrugging:

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So I’ve been reading a lot into it and it’s basically a form of insurance for root rot… I’m not sure if it’s my b52 settling out or algae … I have sensizym so I’m Probky going to do that but a lot of what I’m reading is showing it really helps the roots… I’ve never brewed but have tons of samples … also so if your adding bennies and fungi i keep reading people are putting aquarium rocks in the res for a place for the bennies to house themselves


I think best bet here Chris, is to get your res temp down to low/ mid 60’s say 64-65F this will prevent pathogens from forming in the first place and your roots will love it. You saw the pics of my roots, and I haven’t fed benne’s yet. Will do this Saturday


Yea no doubt been adding ice and what not like I said I don’t think I do have root rot but figured it would be a nice discussion …

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Problem with the ice thing or even frozen bottles of water put in your res, it in turn makes your res water have big swings in temp. If you can afford it, I’d just buy the same chiller I bought. Just over $100


Yea I’ll be buying that chiller but you know rent is due so ima wait till the next check so things don’t become tight


Yeah, I get that. Just got a bill from emergency room for my daughter! It’s criminal how much they charge. I want to get that ion perfect ph wand, but in the same boat :joy:


Try 1400 dollars just for a case of pink eye :expressionless: ugh literally healthcare almost seems like it’s not worth it lmao


No it’s not. They’ve just created another way to keep us slaves of the system. Health care, mandatory contributions to state run annuities (which we’ll never see), cars now costing more than a down payment for a house, mandatory insurance and the list goes on and on. Fkn govt weaseling bastards


I think it’s the b-52. Once I started adding it to my grow I got the stain. Its not slimy just stained.


What is this fabled chiller?


What chillwe did you buy.

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This here thang:

The temp on the unit was a bit out of range due to my having to add a couple solo cups of water to my res because those beastie roots are gobbling up water :joy:


You think they make a chiller that can chill multiple buckets at once or would you have to buy a rdwc


Definitely if you want to spend 3-400+ bucks for sure. I would instead make/buy a res and chill that water and have a pump recirculate the water. So yes in the end it would be rdwc :joy::+1::v:


Nice is all that other stuff hooked up to the grobo as well? What else is there in the pic?


Yes indeed. The box with two lines is the chiller, there is a pump for the chiller in the res, and a larger air stone connected to that pump on the outside, then lastly the round thing is a humidifier


You didn’t know @Osage is actually macguyver… :joy::joy:


I was actually surprised all that shit fit in :joy: it wasn’t easy, but I got er done :white_check_mark: