I am not quite sure where to start this "taboo" thread; so ill just dive into it.
I have (mostly) been a sterile hydro grower. This means h2o2, bleach, chloramine (DM Zone) etc...to help fight off disease and root infection. But just this last grow i did, in a "flood and drain style", went awry. I got this orangish brown coating on my table. My roots began to turn brown. I was
Basically lost the grow....
I use the zone as a preventative...it failed me. I tried 1ml/gallon of 50%h2o2 (schedule 6 poison!) but it just grew faster!!!! I tried up to 3 ml per gallon of sodium hypochlorate (6%bleach) and it did not slow the problem. this was clearly not pythium. I was confused, a little worried, and really stressed out. I went as far as dosing them with physan 20. What happened with the physan20 made me really worried as it brought out a brown slime and stuck it to my reservoir. I began doing google searches to no avail. But then, after hours, I typed in "brown slime in hydroponics after physan 20"...bingo
found this (this is my start and I suggest you read it if you can find time):
I was blown away. It took me 3 days to read it
I learned so much. THIS IS WHY MY PH WAS SPIKING FROM 5.5 to 6.3 in 8 hours! The guy in that thread spent over 100k$ in his hydro and wasnt afraid to throw more at it to figure out this problem. Well he did figure it out BUT YOU SHOULD REALLY READ IT ALL so not to miss something important. when I finished I went looking for a beneficial tea recipe online and came across this...
and i couldnt believe my eyes. The most epic threads I have read online have been about marijuana, and about a problem i happen to have with my marijuana!
I knew there was not much to do about the room that was failing...But what really worried me is I began to see the same problems in my 15 SEPARATE bucket DWC units. They do not connect, i change each bucket one at a time so that I reduce contamination. I couldnt believe that It had spread to all of them!
But reading these threads over 4-5 days...It gave me hope to say the least. So I started a brew of this tea and had to wait 48 hours so I flushed with h202 and zone for 2 days. Then i flushed with phd water and added 1 cup per gallon of the tea and let it sit.
I added it 3 days ago and I have to report that the gym sock smell is GONE! GONE! The roots are white again and the plants are back to budding!!!!!!!
I have to tell my fellow MPers that this benny tea and GH 3 part alone is working wonders. Its seems to be curing the brown slime cyanobacteria!
1 is the final root balls of pic 2 the infected room
2 is the infected room
3 was my buckets showing me that the problem was starting there
4 plants fell over after a light physan dose
5 physan pulling this slime out of nowhere! (Buckets were clean)
6 is a completed tea ready to put in
7 is now how my plants currently look, 10 days into flower.