You should contact veg bloom and ask. my friend who is doing DWC s testing out a new base formula for them. I personally, think the base, and life should be totally fineWow thanks! Mind blowing about the GH liquids but makes since with my results so far. I will definitely check out vegbloom. You say it has organic additives? That won't be an issue in my flood to drain recirculating system would it? It would be awesome if I could stop buying Orca.
after messing around with the shine and stackswell; the pk boost and cal mag; I don't think I would put those in a reservoir as the shine made a scum from the organics separating out of solution, and the stackswell smells kind of like a rotten corned beef sandwich after sitting bubbling in solution over night. I assume as the calcium and magnesium gluconate are being broken down and processed by the bacteria I add, and the enzyme powder I use into its stinkier breakdown products. after watering it in, my grow room and flower room never smell this way.
if you are using orca I do not see why the Life product wouldn't be an adequate replacement. It is an iffy situation w/ products like orca and life in hydro. do the mycorrhizae actually colonize the roots in hydroponics? becasue lots of research says that the bacteria are the dominant micro organisms in hydroponics.
before you switch, send an email to the companies that make tribus, Mammoth Microbes, and EM1 to see if you can get some samples. my one friend who uses the GH liquids on flood tables had the flavor from the fertilizer go down. EM1 is basically pickling bacteria and some other micro friends. and Him and I use it at 5ml/gallon.
. tribus is 3 of the most common soil bacteria species cultured to more happily live in a liquid medium if I understood them right. I use this at .5ml/gallon
and the mammoth P Microbes are 4 or 5 phosphorous solubizing bacteria species that help prevent phosphorus lockout from over feeding, and make happy fun time enzymes that your plant can use to take up phosporus more efficiently, and tests have shown up to a 16% yield increase in otherwise optimized systems. I notice most varieties in a side by side have denser flowers, and the yeild is a little bigger on most varieties, with a few showing visually bigger yields. I use this at .5ml/gallon
I know I speak words that people don't like, but check to see if there is a store near you using hawthorne instead of sunlight supply as their distributor. the 1 hawthorne store in my area has most products set 25-50% cheaper than the ocean of stores that get from sunlight supply. for example, 25 pounds of Ro/Soft base is 250 before tax at the Hawthorne store, it is 350 dollars at the sunlight supply , store a quarter mile down the road from them. the store around the corner from me, in the suburbs, has it at 450. my friend who uses the GH liquids paid 25 dollars more for each of the 2.5 gallon jugs at the hawthorne store than he pays for EACH GALLON JUG of fertilizer at the sunlight supply stores. It could be opposite where you are. sunlight could be the upstart fighting Hawthorne dominance.