Article 3-2 I Use Oxycal
I use Oxy-Cal for soil based planting. I know it brakes down to lime, water and oxygen. Is there any way to use this in my hydro nutes (GH flora)?
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From Erik: Thank-you for your inquiry. If you are growing in a recirculating water culture system there should be adequate levels of calcium and oxygen. If not, there are proven ways of meeting those requirements i.e. increased aeration and additional calcium nitrate or products such as Cal-mag (beware of increased nitrogen). If you require calcium peroxygen for your soilless or rockwool medium it is best mixed into the planting mix.
When concentrated calcium comes into contact with phosphorous or sulfates it flocculates-turning into useless sludge. So if mixed into the reservoir, there is a good chance that this will occur. However, it might be worth a try, so proceed with caution. Let us know how it goes.
Regards, Erik B