The Good, Bad and the Ugly
Naturally Balanced Microbes are the Key to Success
Microbial balance is very crucial to keep any system clean and operating properly. Organic Nutrients are rich with bacteria, beneficial and non beneficial. Of course we commonly understand that aerobic bacteria is the preferred over anaerobic bacteria.
Actually that is not always the case. Anaerobic bacteria compete for dissolved oxygen, as equally as aerobic bacteria, just not as efficiently.
Anaerobes in your system break apart sulfates bonds leaving dissolved sulfides causing the potential for pathogens (Pythium: root rot), excessive slime and sludge and the creation of hydrogen sulfide gas (rotten egg smell).
If, during this process, the Aerobic bacteria are active they will metabolize the dissolved sulfide and help prevent and eliminate these undesirable conditions.The “Natural” process of having a well oxygenated system allows your plants to uptake nutrients efficiently providing for healthy exponential plant growth and bright white roots while minimizing sludge and keeping a healthy balance in your growing system.
As with any living organism, bacteria can only live so long. The key is to have a good balance in your system that maximizes the bacteria’s ability to digest waste (sludge) and provide roots with the maximum nutrients available.
As we often see when using Organic Nutrients, dead bacteria and wasted nutrients end up as sludge. Excessive sludge is a result of wasted nutrients and excessive dead bacteria that can cause root disease, septic reservoirs and stained roots.
All bacteria produce their own "Natural" enzymes that are specific to them during their metabolizing cycle. They of course prefer the enzymes they naturally produce. Naturally occurring enzymes in your system are important because they are proteins produced by bacteria that aid in waste digestion and cell growth.
Typically, some gardeners will add enzymes to remedy root damage and excessive sludge as a "Band Aid" fix. It’s important to note that undesirable results can also be a result of adding "Foreign" enzymes because not all added enzymes are consumed by naturally occurring bacteria.
Achieving a "Natural" and healthy "Balanced" microbial environment will often times eliminate the need to add "Foreign" enzymes that in many cases could turn into waste and become septic because the bacteria in your system will not be able to use them or there are too many enzymes and not enough bacteria to promote a "Natural" and healthy process.
We know that adding air (Oxygen) will help but the trick is to have the air available at all times. Whether oxygen is available as dissolved oxygen i.e. aeration or as an oxidant (HydroRush), oxygen will keep your system balanced.
Air bubbles that reach the water’s surface (that you can see) are wasted air (Oxygen). HydroRush provides oxygen in the form of a stable long-lasting oxidant that allows your bacteria (microbes) to live in balance and to be able to digest undesirable particulates and excessive sludge efficiently.
The "Natural" process of having a well oxygenated system allows your plants to uptake nutrients efficiently providing for healthy exponential plant growth and bright white roots while minimizing sludge and keeping a healthy balance in your growing system.
Taking the Weekend Off:
To be able to give the biology in the reservoir the food that helps it stay healthy longer would give me more time between reservoir changes and would allow me to be away for extended periods of time.
Comments from a Conscientious Organic Salad Grower
Having a sustained Organic reservoir when using Organic Nutrients would be a huge benefit to any gardener. "Being able to hold an Organic reservoir for a longer period of time and maintaining a healthy spectrum of biology in the reservoir would be huge advantage to Organic Gardeners" says Kevin an Indoor Salad Gardener.
Typically Organic Nutrient Reservoirs need to be changed every 3 days or so. "…Finding HydroRush to prolong the life of my Organic Nutrients would allow me to take a week long camping trip as opposed to only 3-days. Otherwise I would have to come back after 3-days and change it out or risk flooding my garden with anaerobic bacteria and you don’t want to do that."
"To be able to give the biology in the reservoir the food that helps it stay healthy longer would give me more time between reservoir changes and would allow me to be away for extended periods of time."