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Plastic bio-media in DWC

LiberalThinker

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I have a load of biomedia from a pond filter, do you think it would be useful as support/habitat for the bacteria? I'm wondering if this approach would help the beneficial bacteria out-populate pythium ssp, so it isn't a potential nuisance on the roots. Also, I'm thinking if there is bacteria stuck to the bio-media, there should be enough to negate having to reinoculate when I change the nutes. Any thoughts?
 

tucker99

Active Member
Yea, I raised salt water fish and have several wet dry filters. I was going to adapt one and use a DWC. I think the real benefit is the highly oxygenated water. Then I discovered Water Farms. Same principle much more simple and cheap. Been using one with the same media for 5-years.
 

LiberalThinker

Well-Known Member
Yea, I raised salt water fish and have several wet dry filters. I was going to adapt one and use a DWC. I think the real benefit is the highly oxygenated water. Then I discovered Water Farms. Same principle much more simple and cheap. Been using one with the same media for 5-years.
Has it helped avoid root problems like pythium?
 

tucker99

Active Member
Never had any root problems. Probably because of weekly water changes. It only holds 2-gals so it's super easy. Don't know why more folks don't use these.
 

Rifleman

Member of the Month: Mar 2016 - Plant of the Month: Nov 2015
Never had any root problems. Probably because of weekly water changes. It only holds 2-gals so it's super easy. Don't know why more folks don't use these.
I run four plants at a time. Right now they drink 3-5qts each everyday. Two gallons isn't going to help me. :cool:
 

tucker99

Active Member
Yea, the water farm is only good for 1-plant. But, they make a system for multiple plants. I think it's a reasonable investment when considering the reduced costs required for nutes and additives.
 
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