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Anyone using Royal Oak tap water for soil grow?

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I know this is a long shot, but is anyone out there growing in Royal Oak with straight tap water? Any issues?

I will be using Detroit Nutrient water only soil, and leaving the water out for 24 hours to de-chlorinate.

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Don't have royal oak water, but I suggest you do some research on it. Check with the municipality, and see if they use Clorine or cloramine. Clorine evaporates, Cloramine does not.  Check your ppm with a meter, over 300ppm, also not good.

The Detroit Water Only will require more than what's in it. I strongly suggest heavy use of teas, and/or topdressing. You can make it through without, but really does need more. A neighbor went down this road. After 4 runs, it's dialed, but just soil and water did not do the trick for him.

Edit: just a thought, maybe mix the bottom half of soil with a packaged supersoil mix. This could give enough umph, to make it on just water. only an idea, not tested

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I live in Ferndale and for years my water came out of the tap at 6 ph. A couple of years ago they put in new water lines and it wiped out my whole hydro system overnight. My guess was some additive they put in for the new pipes.

Ever since this happened the water from the tap is now 8 to 8.5 ph.

Definitely let the water sit before using it and adjust the ph as needed.

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Keep it simple distilled vinegar drops ph arm and hammer baking soda raises it good idea to let it sit .before testing simple four drop test. Shake and bake.

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Yeah 7.0 to 7.5 is all good the simple 4 drop color coded method works for me. It fits my pocket book too. Past experience working with high PH in battle creek city water.

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