WHAT IS HYDRA CLEAR?
Hydra Clear is a powerful, multi-enzyme line cleaner that is a safe and natural way to eliminate harmful biofilms in the grow room.
CLOGS IN THE SYSTEM.
Hydra Clear tackles one of the most challenging problems faced by growers who use organic or as-good-as-organic fertilizers: clogging. And it does so without harsh chemicals that harm plants or the environment.
A clog in the feeding system’s lines, emitters or drains can result in water or nutrient solution being unevenly applied throughout a garden or grow-op. Some plants might get less water or nutrients than others—perhaps even less than they need—reducing the consistency, quality, and yield of harvests.
Clogging can be physical, chemical or biological:
- Physical clogs are solid buildups. They might consist of suspended solids too tiny to perceive with the naked eye. Dealing with a physical clog is often as easy as forcing more water through the system to blow the obstruction out of the nearest exit point.
- Chemical clogs are composed of iron, salts or other compounds that precipitate and accumulate on surfaces inside hoses, emitters and other hydroponic components, constricting the flow of water or nutrient solution. Such chemicals are often introduced through a contaminated water supply, but they may also be by-products of feeding. Cleaning chemical clogs usually involves shutting down hydroponic systems and using a chemical cleaner.
- Biological clogs are the result of biomasses that build up on warm, moist surfaces. They can be caused by bacteria, fungi or algae and may increase the risk of plant disease. When building root colonies, many microbes produce biofilm—goo or slime—that can grow exponentially, obstructing the flow of water and nutrients. An obstruction might also consist of the fungi or algae themselves.
WHAT IS BIO-FILM?
WATER IS THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM.
Unsurprisingly, the source of a biofilm problem in a cannabis grow operation is usually water. Growers may fight stubborn, repeated fungal outbreaks, not realizing that the water is the source of the infection.
In particular, cannabis growers often find themselves fighting Fusarium fungus and water molds:
Fusarium is a large genus of fungi whose variants also infect barley, daffodils and human fingernails, to name a few. According to Wikipedia, Fusarium oxysporum was responsible for wiping out an entire type of banana in the 1950s.
Water molds are potentially even worse. Phytophthora caused the potato blight during Ireland’s Great Famine. It’s associated with dieback and root rot, as is Pythium, which lurks in greenhouses, weakening crops and killing seedlings.
HOW DOES HYDRA CLEAR WORK?
CAN YOU USE DETERGENT?
Using a detergent will do the trick, but at a cost. To apply a detergent or other cleaner, you need to empty and clean your entire feeding system and give it time to dry. You also must make sure no residue remains after the cleanse that could harm the good bacteria in the plant roots.
And where does that rinsed-off soap go after it spins down the drain? Detergents may contain surfactants that poison marine life or sulphates that kill off beneficial bacteria and promote harmful algae blooms.
Furthermore, you can’t use a detergent in the middle of a feeding cycle as a pre-treatment to pre-empt biofilm or stop incipient biofilm in its tracks, like you can with Hydra Clear.Other options that have been
used against biofilms include ozone treatments, shock chlorination, alcohols, and heavy metals—each even harsher than the last!