And I just found stuff called Mammoth P....it makes HydroGuard seem like a budget option.My first thought was what @Gweedo's Growroom offered as far as "anaerobic action" explaining this. I'll use this opportunity to continue the theme started by @Jewels concerning "retail solutions" and economizing nutrients etc.
I used Hydroguard in all my ebb/flow rez's with great success but found the price to be prohibitive. So I found an alternative that is much less expensive without sacrificing the results.
Let's see what is in Hydroguard:
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Bacillus Amyloliquefaciens 0.038%
So in looking for an alternative source for this bacillus bacteria, we find this:
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Bacillus Amyloliquefaciens 98.85%
I'll assume the Hydroguard is a gallon for purposes of calculating cost and volume for comparison. We can calculate how many gallons of 0.038% concentration stock solution we can make from the 98.85% Garden Friendly Fungicide alternative using the dilution formula:View attachment 56303
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So I can make about 326 gallons of Hydroguard from the concentrated Garden Friendly Fungicide(GFF) using the exact same bacillus bacteria. Let's see how the cost breaks down:
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For the $27.92 cost of one 16oz bottle of GFF, I can make about 326 gallons of HG alternative.
If I were to buy 326 gallons of Hydroguard, it would cost (326gal x $57.73) $18,819.98
You may be able to get a better deal on the HG if you were to buy it by the drum, but realistically you would be purchasing it by the gallon as needed. The point still stands that you can make your own Hydroguard alternative for far less cost without sacrificing the results. I've been using the GFF for years and it works exactly the same as Hydroguard. I used to mix up a gallon of doubly concentrated HG alternative, but since the GFF is so much cheaper, I just add a few drops straight from the bottle into the rez once a week.
I sent an email and never got a response. That's the only issue I have had with them, but it wasn't that important and I found my answer shortly after.There are real humans working at that company. I sent Jesse an email and it said
"Hey Jesse , I really like your product but I am poor,,, can you send me a discount code ? "
Hey, no worries. I like to journal/document it here so I can refer back as well, seeing I'm terrible at keeping actual notes around lol. They end up trashed, or coffee spilled all over them haha!Sometimes a lot of little things add up to hard to figure. As i am getting ready to start my first real forays into indoor it is illuminating to watch these kinds of situations be worked out. I hope the new tent makes all the difference. Thanks for sharing your dilemma.
Always straight perlite. But I think because I use the Coarse grade rather than Super Coarse, it holds just that much extra bit more water that I get away with it. The perlite is packed a little tighter so it retains a little more and wicks a little better.
Yes the last round, the RR's went straight into perlite. Then I try and water around it for a few days until I notice that typical Hempy jump, where you can just tell it's hit the rez.Do you just plug in the rapid rooter into perlite and water it until it hits the reservoir? Or re-pot the plug to bigger ones (100% perlite too?) and then add repot to final hempy with perlite??? I find with seeds especially the start is critical to get right..
Mainly just because coco isn't readily available here, and the thought of adding "more Cal-Mag" I just couldn't do it lolThanx @DavidDellaRocco ! I think I´m going to give it a go in few months.. Maybe make a side by side with coco and clones.. You have given me a refreshing inspiration to try new things.. So, no coco hempys? May I ask why? Price? edit: found your grow journal, will look intel from there.
I looked at Mammoth P a few years ago. Could not eat that price. Think I will give the Southern Ag a go.And I just found stuff called Mammoth P....it makes HydroGuard seem like a budget option.
On sale right now on Amazon Canada, for a 250ml bottle, for $118, down from $155
Unreal lol. It is more concentrated than HydroGuard, but not that much. Jeeeeeesh!
Looks like I can't get Southern AG GFF on CanAzon either. I can't find it. Maybe I can order from the US or find it somewhere other than Amazon.
OK didn't realize the difference, thanks for clarifying!You wouldn't use the mammoth p in the same manner as the hydroguard, the mammoth is more for soil microbes and uptake of nutes, where the guard is more for keeping baddies from growing in your water or on your roots, they outcompete certain root ailments, just figured I'd add that in may explain the huge price difference lol I stuck with great white or recharge top watered into the hempys, and hydroguard in the rez every time, haven't seen any pythium since going that route, just springtails