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Should I Spray Z7 on leaves and buds?


Updated! Some government agencies are now directing labs to test for bacteria counts on dry materials. Z7 is full of good bacteria so DO NOT spray Z7 on plants’ leaves and stems. It won't matter whether Z7 has good bacteria or not, it may cause the test to fail. Be careful of any organics you might spray on leaves that may have unwanted bacteria in it.

Z7 will not cause a test to fail if it is used as directed on the label. Use it in water, plant food, tea making and aquaponics.

How does sludge and slime contribute to root rot?

Inanimate slime builds up relatively slowly on roots, but as it builds up it starts to cut off air and nutrients to the root system. When we say inanimate slime hides in plain sight we are referring to its ability to look harmless.

There are different levels of root rot. In Stage 1 sludge, slime, incompatible plant foods, and adverse chemical reactions simply deny the plant’s roots water, oxygen, and nutrients. It is in this stage that the plant shows only minor signs of stress and sickness. You will see signs like slow growth, yellow leaf, leaf drop, leaf curl, and purple stems. The plant’s response is to grow more roots to boost energy to the leaves and stems. This energy is wasted on root growth instead of above ground growth.

In Stage 2 the microscopic particulate building up is enough that the roots are now starting to decompose from acute oxygen deprivation. Now you see more signs like leaf tip curl, the drying of leaves, brown root, misshaped leaves, and slower growth. More energy is directed to the regeneration of the root zone. The dead material that sloughs off the roots adds even more to the sludge and slime buildup.

In Stage 3 the roots have decomposed all of the way through and are no longer transferring water and nutrient to the plant’s above ground vascular system. Root rot, especially in deep water culture hydroponic systems, can kill a plant in as little as a few hours after stage 2 root rot has occurred.

Bad root zone conditions breed Pythium and other problem pests. Decomposing plant material attracts gnats and other flying insects. Z7 was formulated to allow the plant to grow freely without hindrance from sludge and inanimate slime.

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How do I use Z7 in an outdoor grow?

Z7 is just as effective in gardens and fields as in laboratories, hobby, or greenhouse applications. As a matter of fact, it’s just short of being miraculous in its ability to help the plant’s roots bring in water, oxygen and nutrients, as well as helping the plant to relieve itself of hydrogen ions.

Using Z7 in all water going to the plant root system is the best you can do. Add Z7 to your water and then add your teas, fertilizers, or concoctions and mix well before feeding the plant. Normal dosage is one teaspoon/5 ml of part 1 and part 2 for every 10 gallons of water. Z7 will cost about 2 cents per gallon of water you use. A gallon set of Z7 will treat over 7,000 gallons of water. Crazy huh?

If you make teas from organic solids, Z7 is an absolute must ingredient. Z7 will break down your solids into soluble liquids very quickly so you will get a much better tea, one that the plants can use quickly and effectively. Use ½ tsp (2.5ml) of each Z7 part per gallon of tea. Look out, the tea will be stronger so go a little light with the applications.

I'm using Z7 in my Greenhouses- give me the settings for my Dosatron Injector

Good question, glad you asked.

You will need two Dosatron injectors.

You will set your injectors to 1­ 60 setting.

Z7 is extremely concentrated so you will make a diluted mix. Add one ounce of Z7 part 1 to one gallon of water. Technically the mix would be 1 ounce Z7 to 127 ounces of water but a gallon will do. Place the Dosatron tube in the Z7 mix and prime it.

Z7 is extremely concentrated so you will have to add one ounce of Z7 part 2 to one gallon of water. Technically the mix would be 1 ounce Z7 to 127 ounces of water but a gallon will do. Place the Dosatron tube in the Z7 mix and prime it.

If you need to run at a 1­120 ratio because you have high water usage, add 2 ounces of Z7 to every gallon of water for your diluted mix.

Let us know if you would like to use a different ratio other than 1­60 or 1­120.

Z7 suggested dosage is 0.5 mL to 1 gallon of water or a 1­7,570 ratio.

Dosatron Corporation: 800-523-8499 technical support extension 170.

I understand Z7 is used in Aquaponics. How much to should I add?

Thanks for the question. We are doing more and more in Aquaponics. Flying Skull will eventually make a product specifically for Aquaponics but in the meantime here is what customers are doing.

Z7 has been tested on KOI, Goldfish, Trout, and many other fresh water fish without harming them in any way. The general directions and applications are as follows.

There is no one size fits all in Aquaponics as far as Z7 dosage goes. It will take a keen eye to determine if surfaces are starting to clean up and fish becoming more active with fewer ailments. Now having said that, please read my entire answer.

For new Aquaponics systems at start up: Start by using Z7 at 1/2 strength. Use 1/4 mL of each part per gallon of water (1 tsp of each part for every 20 gallons of water) in the system. Z7 should be added every week until bio­film starts to form on surfaces. If bio-film build up is occurring try increasing the intervals of application rather than increasing the dosage (1/2 tsp or 7.5 ml each part per 20 gallons every 4 days). The dosage and interval of dosage will change as fish populations grow and the ability of plant life to rid the system of nitrates, phosphates, and other minerals also changes. Always use the least amount needed to maintain the biological balance of the system. Conditions like; slimy surfaces, murky water, sluggish fish, and build up in the filtration systems should clear up. Z7 will rejuvenate the bio filter and reduce its load. The Aquaponics system manager will ultimately be responsible to determine the dosage and interval of dosage of Z7. Conditions of the system can change daily from the increased amount of ammonia and organic particulate into the system from fish waste and undigested fish food.

Apply Z7 in a sprayer or appropriate device to the top surface of the water in the holding tank. Apply it to the entire surface, don't just dump it in one spot. If it takes 8 ounces of each part of Z7 to treat the tank, add the 8 ounces to a quart of water and apply the diluted Z7 to the tank’s water surface. For Aquaponics systems that are currently running: Start by using Z7 at 1/2 strength. Use 1/4 mL of each part per gallon of water (1 tsp/5 mls of each part for every 20 gallons of water) in the system. Z7 should be added every three to four days. Conditions like; slimy surfaces, murky water, sluggish fish, and build up in the filtration systems should start to clear up. Z7 will rejuvenate the bio filter and reduce its load.

IMPORTANT: The water tank may show signs of clouding if the Aquaponics system was very dirty and out of biological balance. This water should be dumped as it has many toxins in it. It is not unusual to have to dump water tanks several times before the system comes back into biological balance.

Apply Z7 in a sprayer or appropriate device to the top surface of the water in the holding tank. Apply it to the entire surface, don't just dump it in one spot. If it takes 8 ounces of each part of Z7 to treat the tank, add the 8 ounces to a quart of water and apply the diluted Z7 to the tanks water surface.

If after 10 days using the Z7 at half strength and the system is not showing signs of 'cleaning up' and the fish are still sluggish and sickly, increase the dosage to 1 1/2 tsp (7 ml) per 20 gallons of water in the system. If after 30 days we are still not seeing clear signs of cleaning, increase the dosage to 2 tsp of each part for every 20 gallons of water. Once the system starts to clean up, start to reduce the amount of Z7 dosage.

IMPORTANT: Always use the least amount needed to get the job done. If you are seeing signs of the Aquaponics systems slowly getting results from lower dosages of Z7 be patient and let time do the job, not a higher dosage.

IMPORTANT: Adjust the dosage just enough to stabilize the system and keep it free of slime on filter and tank surfaces and keep the water clear. This will allow the Ammonia to be safely converted to nitrites and then on to nitrates. How much of Z7 should be used will depend on how many fish and their size as they grow. When the Aquaponics system has water running clear and there are no more slimy conditions on filter and surfaces, the fish should be active and their flesh firm with good oil production. At this point you will no longer see a bio­film on the plant roots. You will see no more root rot and nutrient deficiencies on leaf, stem, and bloom. Once the Aquaponics system is biologically sound, and the amount and size of the fish are proportionate to the plant life and bio filtering, Z7 may only need to be added weekly at a low dose. This is the Fine Tuning of your biological system that will come from hands-on management.

Z7 keeps Aquaponic systems clean and at the same time cycles ammonia to nitrites and then to nitrates for both fish health and higher quality of plant produce.

To determine the size of a pond or tank use this measurement:

Square/Rectangle Pond:

Multiply the length times the Width times the average Depth. Then take that number and multiply it by 7.481. This will get you quite close to the number of gallons of water in your pond.

Round Pond:

Multiply the top diameter by the bottom diameter. Multiply that number by the average depth. Then take that number and multiply it by 7.481. This will get you quite close to the number of gallons of water in your pond.

How much Z7 do I need to use?

Soil: Make up some Z7 and pour it into every soil container you have. If the soil container is a one gallon size pour 1 gallon of Z7 treated water through it. Let that toxic runoff go away never to be seen again. Do not let it soak back up into the container. Use the Z7 whenever you use water including adding Z7 to powered cloning buckets or cutting mediums. Check your runoff, make sure it matches the PPM/TDS of your water supply. Then you will know your growing medium is back to being non­toxic.

Hydro: Add Z7 to your tank. You might see the nutrient go cloudy at first but that should not be a problem. If it is excessive, Z7 is working overtime to prep your hydro system for optimum osmotic transfer to the roots. Dump the tank and refill. They system will run clear soon enough and never get dirty again.

Can I increase the strength of Z7?

Yes and no. Each plant is different in its ability to withstand any type of additive. The dosage on the bottle is a middle of the road for all plants and will do no harm, only good.

Now having said that, for extremely dirty hydro systems, extremely dirty and slimy roots, and excessive use of organics, some customers have increased the dose to 1.5 times the standard dose. If more control is needed to remove inanimate slime and other green nasty stuff, double strength could help clean things up or to help you get out of root rot issues. Then after a short time, said customers change back to the recommended dose but they are careful to watch for buildup. If they see slimy buildup coming back they push it back to 1.5 times the regular dose. Using the least amount is always the most desirable. When you double the strength of Z7 you're on your own. Growth could get better or worse. Please do a side by side test before applying more than the standard dose to all of your plants.

How does Z7 work?

By treating and conditioning filthy well, stream, irrigation, pond and chemical laden city water systems, Z7 allows you to grow plants like you have never known!

Microscopic particulate accumulates in and on the micro pores or permeable membranes of plant root systems. This stops the osmotic process from functioning properly. Simply stated, it plugs roots up and keeps them from performing their main tasks of bringing in oxygen, nutrients and water and releasing hydrogen. Z7 keeps roots in tip top shape, and safe from root rot and eliminates pockets of decomposing sludge that harbors Pythium and insects. Z7 doesn't do anything to the plant in any way, it simply cleanses the plant's root system so it can perform to its genetic ability.

For hydroponic systems and soil grown plants that are already have their roots contaminated, part 1 of Z7 chips away at sludge and slime. Part 2 of Z7 breaks down those chips so small that it won’t allow the sludge and slime to reform into its original molecular structure. When you drain your nutrient tank you will notice that the old nutrient is cloudy with suspended particulate. This cloudy condition will continue until the inner workings of the hydroponic system and the plant's root systems have been fully cleansed. Clean roots will out perform dirty roots every day of the week. The secret is keeping microscopic particulate buildup away from the root cell, allowing the root cell to transfer food, water and oxygen to the plants vascular system on demand.

For hydroponic systems that are brand new or freshly cleaned, use Z7 at start up. Z7 will not allow sludge and slime to form in tubes, sprayers, tanks or roots. Not only will it keep the sprayers and tubes from clogging but you will no longer have to break down your hydroponic system for inside cleansing. Root systems will always be free of inanimate slime and therefore, able to bring in oxygen, nutrients and water on demand.

Whether your in soil or hydro, never lose another crop to inanimate slime or spend time cleaning up from equipment malfunction and clogs!

See the real performance that your plant foods can deliver. Experience your hobby like you've never known before. Use Z7 today!

Can Z7 hurt my plants?

NO! As long as you use Z7 per the label directions your plants will love it and thank you for it. Do not increase the strength unless you are sure that a test plant can tolerate a higher dose. Z7 is extremely concentrated. We did this to make it affordable for every hydroponic or soil grower to use. Z7 needs to be in your system at all times to protect the system from sludge and slime.

Anytime a grower adds sugar, molasses or organics to the growing media, you need Z7!

Unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

Is Z7 better than Hydrogen Peroxide?

Yes!!! Z7 does a better job.

Hydrogen Peroxide was and still is a gimmick. At least for the full time grower. Hydrogen Peroxide will increase the oxygen levels in the water but the negative results to get that higher oxygen level is too much for plants. The amount of H2O2 needed to get higher oxygen levels hurt the plants roots by scarring the microscopic pores that allow osmosis to take place.

Hydrogen Peroxide is a good sanitizer for cleaning pipes, pot and etc. between harvests.

Now having said that, high nutrient temperatures may require the use of Chlorine in small amounts as Z7 relies totally on Mother Nature for root and system protection. Follow the directions from manufactures prescribing dosage. Z7will work with chlorine products and in most case you can reduce the amount of chlorine and still get the benefits from Z7. Growers may see a benefit by combining Z7 with chlorine when temps exceed 75 degrees. More data is coming in every daily from greenhouses on tropical islands so keep watch.

Trying to kill bacteria and Pythium with Hydrogen Peroxide is next to impossible without hurting the plants. The pest always come back and the application creates a vicious cycle of application, over and over with the plants taking a beating. Hydrogen Peroxide is a very dangerous chemical to handle so be careful. It can burn hands and lungs.

Bad water and toxic chemical interactions in the root zone are known to be responsible for plants showing signs of insect attack, low oxygen, leaf curl, tip burn, yellow leaf, purple stem, Interveinal chlorosis, Interveinal necrosis, toxic shock and under developed fruit.

The knee jerk reaction to seeing deficiencies on leaves is to add more of the minerals the leaf says it's missing. 95% of the time you will be adding to the problem and making it much worse by adding those minerals. I don't know of any basic grow through bloom plant foods that are lacking in a proper balance of nutrients to cause real deficiency. Insect attack is also a sign of a toxic or particulate coated root zone. Always use Z7 and always make sure the root zone is not building up with minerals.

So what to do? When you see signs of deficiencies on leaves, as mentioned in the 2nd paragraph of this segment, flush the plants roots zone with Z7. Use three times the Z7 treated water as the pot holds. Use Z7 all of the time, at 2 cents a gallon why not?

The mineral content in the root zone should never exceed the concentration of the plant food you are putting into it!!!! Check your runoff when you are feeding to see if the EC or PPM of what’s running out of the pot is the same as the EC/PPM of the plant food you mixed up.You will note that the EC/PPM of the plant food is higher with the first stream of water coming from the pot. You need to keep pouring until the runoff is the same as you put in or less if in a watering application. No exceptions to the rule. You say your plant food cost too much to do that, buy a less expensive plant food. You don't change the rules. Every minute those roots have an EC too high to support OSMOSIS you lose out in produce quality, quantity and harvest scheduling.

Don't try to sterilize your soil or water, it will come back to bite you big time. Hospitals have been trying to sterilize their operating rooms and bedrooms for hundreds of years. They haven’t been able to it, what makes you think you can with hydrogen peroxide?

Now having said that, high nutrient temperatures may require the use of Chlorine in small amounts. Follow the directions from manufactures prescribing dosage. Z7will work with chlorine products and in most case you can reduce the amount of chlorine and still get the benefits from Z7.

Do I still use hydrogen peroxide if I use Z7?

NO! Hydrogen Peroxide works in direct conflict with Z7 and will stop Z7 from doing its job. Z7 is a much better product and works in harmony with your plants and hydro system. Hydrogen Peroxide works against your plants and hydro system. Hydrogen Peroxide, Chlorine, Colloidal Silver and other Cleaners and root whiteners work by killing living things through the sterilization process. Sterilization literally means ‘to stop life or will not support life’. In all cases, the use of Hydrogen Peroxide contributes to the sludge and slime problem when added to the growing media or water while the plants are growing. Hydrogen Peroxide, Chlorine, Colloidal Silver and other sanitizing products do way more harm than good.

Side by side tests consistently show Z7 outperforming any oxidizing chemicals or sterilizing agents/minerals when nutrient temps are 50- 72 degrees. Now having said that, high nutrient temperatures may require the use of Chlorine in small amounts. Follow the directions from manufactures prescribing dosage. Z7will work with chlorine products and in most case you can reduce the amount of chlorine and still get the benefits from Z7.

Hydrogen Peroxide can damage root systems by chemically burning the cells responsible for the transfer of water, nutrients and oxygen through the osmosis process. This causes the plant to slough off those damaged cells and they become part of sludge and slime problem. Hydrogen Peroxide, Chlorine and Colloidal Silver also upsets the pH balance of nutrients solutions. Hydrogen Peroxide and Chlorine oxidizes not only organic compounds suspended in the nutrient but also negatively reacts with soluble elemental minerals, the very plant food your plants feed on.

Besides, Hydrogen Peroxide is very dangerous to use. Many growers have found themselves in the emergency room from breathing in H2O2 fumes or having serious chemical burns.

Safely unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

What is the most important thing Z7 does for Hydroponic growers?

Z7 doesn’t let inanimate slime accumulate on roots of soil or hydro hardware surfaces. Why is that important? Sludge and slime will deny the roots water, oxygen and nutrients. Let’s use this analogy; Roots are like car air filters in many ways. Air filters allow the car to run by delivering clean air to the engine. When the car engine air filter gets coated with sludge and slime the air can’t pass through. A dirty air filter will stop the mightiest car from running. Z7 simply cleanses the roots and doesn’t allow the sludge and slime to adhere any hydroponic system surfaces. This allows the grower to dump the suspended sludge and slime particles when the nutrient tank is dumped, just like changing a car’s air filter.

Z7 will reduce the ability of minerals to adhere growing media, allowing them to be flushed away without fear of toxic buildup. This will keep the leaves from showing signs of deficiency when the soil has plenty of the proper minerals in it.

Mycorrhizae, a popular additive to both soil and hydro systems need to have quality roots to attach to. Most of the Mycorrhizae placed into hydro system will not show the results expected because they need viable roots to attach to. It's amazing to see how much better pants will grow when you give them the proper conditions to grow in. Tubes, pipes, sprayers and more will benefit from being cleansed and running freely without the chance of clogging up and overflowing.

Unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

We get so many questions regarding the cost of Z7.

We get so many questions regarding the cost of Z7 compared to other products. Seems that most growers simply can't afford to treat their plants all the time with the old outdated products. The link below in yellow should help you see the huge difference in price between Z7 and the products you are currently using.

Remember, Z7 replaces hydrogen peroxide, colloidal silver, chlorine, root whitening products and some reverse osmosis systems while doing even more for your plants benefit.

Many growers have to use multiple products to even come close to what Z7 can do all by itself! Even then they don't compare!!

Z7 Cost Comparison Tool

Can I use Z7 in my soil drip irrigation system?

Yes! Our customers are saying that Z7 works great in soil. By keeping the roots in good condition, they can bring in all nutrients, oxygen and water that you’re feeding them. The roots will be able to properly hand shake with Mycorrhizae and Bacteria for an unreal symbiotic relationship. Mycorrhizae will not attach to roots if they are in bad shape, they like healthy root structures.

Z7 will also keep feeding tubes clear of sludge and slime. This will allow each plant to get the same amount of water or nutrients. Many plants die each year from malfunctioning sprayers and tubes and most of the time sludge and slime are to blame for it. Pythium and other fungus grows in dirty pipes, that why plants get root rot so quickly and don't perform to the plants genetic potential.

Unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

How affordable is Z7?

Having the ability to expand your business because you have been consistent in your quality is a must for any size grower. The growers reputation is made on consistency of quality and quantity, this will never change. Those that over look this age old standard will be quickly out of business and forgotten.

The bottom line is how much money Z7 costs to how much money it will save you. Simply said, more money at the end of this year than there was last year makes the board of directors take notice. Nice guys lose when they can't show the money.

There is no other product on the market that has a bigger impact in saving the reputation, pride and confidence of head growers. Z7 will be responsible for saving more businesses than any other water additive in the world!  Have you ever estimated what it costs when you lose just one of your customers to poor plant growth, flavor or bouquet?

Z7 is extremely affordable.  The 128 ounce set will treat 7,680 gallons of nutrient at a cost of $0.023 per gallon. That’s just a little over 2 cents a gallon. There are 6 package sizes to choose from, one will be right for your size growing area.

Not bad for a product that will protect your investment, save you time and labor, and keep your sales up with a loyal customer base!

Unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

Does Z7 really reduce the need for pH adjusting chemicals?

Yes! On a revolutionary scale Z7 is the equivalent to soluble nutrient. From the very conception and use of hydroponic systems sludge and slime has driven everyone crazy. Sludge and slime will affect the pH of nutrient causing it to fluctuate. Z7 will reduce the need for ph adjusting chemicals because it doesn’t allow sludge and slime to form and react with the hydroponic plant food.

Sludge and slime inside a hydroponic system will harbor insects, Pythium, reduce nutrient flow and deny water, nutrient and oxygen to root cells. Slime and sludge is not only unsightly but they have been the reason for millions of crop failures. Disaster is expensive, Z7is not!

Unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

Will Z7 help me to grow a better plant?

Yes! It is absolutely amazing how much better plants will grow when sludge, slime, microscopic particulate and incompatible plant food ingredients have been eliminated from the roots of soil and hydroponic systems. When comparing two systems, one not using Z7 and one using Z7, the hydro system using Z7 delivered dramatic increases in plant quality and yield. How dramatic is dramatic? Customers have said that Plants their plants have stocks, as much as 4 times their normal size.

How can that be? If you start up your freshly cleaned hydroponic system on Monday you will have your first micro layer of sludge and slime on Thursday.

It doesn’t take much sludge and slime to start damaging the root system. Microscopic particulate from adverse chemical reaction, bad water and incompatible plant foods build up on roots. This obstructs oxygen, water and minerals from entering the plant. When you deprive the plant’s vascular system of oxygen and nutrients, the potential harvest quality promised to you by the genetic makeup of the seed or cutting is lost and you’re not going to get it back.

Growers are so concerned about the kind of lighting they use and the proper brand of fertilizer and additives to get better yields. They forget entirely about the root zone of their plants, the very key to making everything else work!

You wouldn’t think of letting your plant's leaves, stems or the grow room be coated with layers of sludge and slime would you? Of course not! The growing area inside the hydroponic system and soil pot is still part of your grow room. Just because you don't see it all the time doesn't mean you can neglect it. Z7 technology is finally here and here for you to use NOW!

Unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

I sell my produce to the sick. Will Z7 hurt them in any way?

NO! The active ingredients in Z7 are made from an all natural process. Z7 is safe around people and pets as long as it is used as directed on the label. It is safe for all consumable plants and will not give a negative immune system response to those who are ill.

The reduction of plant disease from healthy root conditions will also help both grower and consumer.

Unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

Will Z7 raise the PPM of my nutrient?

NO! Since Z7 is not a plant food or plant food enhancing product it carries no significant electrical conductivity (EC). However, very slight increases of EC/ppm may be experienced as the sludge and slime gives up its encapsulated and contaminated plant food for disposal at tank change. We have seen no more than a 25 ppm increase that could have been attributed to the addition of Z7 during the cleansing process. Anything more than 25 ppm increase in nutrient EC would be a rare occurrence of extreme sludge and slime buildup. We have seen no adverse effects from the cleansing of hydroponic systems no matter how badly neglected they were.

Unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

After using Z7 my nutrient was cloudy then went clear. Is that normal?

YES! As the sludge and inanimate slime is being cleansed from the hydroponic system and the plant roots within it, the nutrient will go cloudy. The cloudiness is the sludge, slime and insoluble nutrients that were clinging to the plastic surfaces where you could not get at them to clean them. In some cases, when hydro systems are very dirty, the grower might see small clumps of goo, an oily film floating on the nutrient surface or silt like powder on the bottom of the tank. The plants will experience no ill effects from this because the sludge, slime and insoluble minerals are being held in suspension. The cloudy nutrient will be dumped when you change your tank and replace the old nutrient with new. Some growers dump the tanks when they see this just as a precaution, mostly because it reminds them of how dirty the system was. As you noticed, the nutrient will eventually run clear when the sludge and slime has been removed from the system. Once the nutrient runs clear you will know that Z7 is in its protection or barrier mode keeping sludge and inanimate slime from forming again. Use Z7 every day the hydro system is in service.

What does Z7 remove from the Hydro System?

  • Inanimate Slime
  • Oils and decomposing matter from organic sources
  • Sugars that have not broken down into a soluble food source
  • Minerals that have fallen out of solution from adverse chemical reactions and incompatible plant foods
  • Organic particulate from bad water
  • Organic sludge housing colonies of Pythium and insects

Unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

My cloning machine only takes 2.5 gallons of water. How much Z7 do I use?

You would use ¼ tsp of part 1 and ¼ tsp part 2 for each 2 ½ gallons of water.

Below are some more examples of dilution rates for cloning machines:

  • 1/8 tsp part 1 and part 2 for every 1 1/4 gallons of nutrient.
  • 1/4 tsp part 1 and part 2 for every 2 1/2 gallons of nutrient.
  • 1/2 tsp part 1 and part 2 for every 5 gallons of nutrient.
  • 3/4 tsp part 1 and part 2 for every 7.5 gallons of nutrient.
  • 1 tsp part 1 and part 2 for every 10 gallons of nutrient.

International drops: 12 drops of each part for every gallon of water. Unleash the power of your plant nutrients! Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

Give me some examples of how Z7 can help me be a better grower.

Wow that’s a big question! But let’s make the answer short.

When using drain to waste systems that fertilize at every watering, be careful not to over feed their plants. 1 EC, or the equivalent 500 ppm, Total Dissolved Solids should be a target food concentration number at first and then move to a better and more definite number as the plants dictate. WARNING: As the growing medium starts to dry out it means that the fertilizer in the soil is getting stronger. That can be very bad if you allow the growing medium to reach over 1,200 ppm or 2.4 EC. This number represents the approximate threshold where the osmotic process starts to slow down. EC this high will slow and kill Bacteria and Fungi that help keep the soil clean and break down sugars and other carbon insolubles. Now you’re really in trouble. Keep your EC low and lower still in hot weather. Raise PPM of fertilizers in cold weather, lower PPM levels in hot weather. Always use Z7 in your water and feed.

Have you noticed nutrient deficiencies in leaves, powdery mildew, leaf curl, tip burn, slow growth, pH fluctuations, white mineral build up, leaf drop, purple stems, browning roots, slimy roots, slimy tanks and more but can’t explain why it’s happening? These are all indicators of microscopic particles, insoluble minerals, and organic matter clogging the roots, tubes, sprayers and growing medium. These conditions are toxic to the plants and restrict osmosis causing the plant to be weak and disease and insect prone. Z7 cures these problems and more!

Hand watering soil grown plants is best done by an alternating water, fertilize, water, fertilize method of feeding. A 20% runoff from the pot should be seen. This means that the water of fertilizer is not soaked back up into the pot! This will make the soil toxic quickly. ½ the strength of the manufacturer's recipe is a great place to start. If the plants ask for more then give them more. You will know when the plants want more food when you get real deficiency symptoms. You know that the plants are giving you real deficiency symptoms when you are sure you are not over-feeding the plants. Over-feeding gives you the same signs as underfeeding. Always check to see that the PPM coming out of your pot is not more than what you’re putting into the soil. Always use Z7 in your water and feed.

Will Z7 work in soil?

Z7 does work great in soil. Initially, Z7 was designed to save the hydro industry from diseases and poor growth. But, leave it to our great customers, they went right out there and proved Z7s ability to increase the power of any plant food used in soil. Blew us away! So, to get better quality plants, use the Z7 at the same dosage as hydro growers. This will cost you 2.5 cents to treat every gallon of plant food you use. Works the same indoors or outdoors. Enjoy!

Important: The first thing that any soil grower should do when using Z7 is to flush all of the toxic junk out of the soil. This very, very important. To do this mix up the Z7 in water. If your plant pot is a 1 gallon pot, as much Z7 treated water through as the pot holds. In other words pour 2 gallons of Z7 through a 2 gallon pot. This will get off to an excellent start!

How can I tell if Z7 works?

What a great question, simple and precise.

The plants will be able to grow to their genetic potential. So, you will either have to remember how your plants looked, tasted and smelled or do a side by side test.

Flying Skull strongly suggests that you do a side by side test. This is a fun part of the hobby you're involved in. It tells you whether you’re spending your money wisely or foolishly. Nothing is more fun for us at Flying Skull than to hear from growers who did a side by side test because the results are right in front of their eyes and their imagination or memory has no part in their evaluation!

Those of you who have access to workers in laboratories will find out the most from lab tests. Sugars, oil production, vascular growth, size and shape of fruiting sites tell the tale in black and white. Washing and drying the root mass and weighing Z7 treated plants will outweigh those not treated. Stronger healthier roots simply weigh more. Fun stuff!

Plants just coming out of a clone bucket, rockwool cube or plug is not the only place to start doing your test but it tells the best tale. Split your plants up 50/50 and mark them with corresponding tags. Write down what you’re doing in your log book. Use Z7 when you’re feeding or watering.

It won’t be long before you get the idea of what you’re missing when Z7 is not being used, usually a glaring comparison can be made in less than a month. By this time you may want to switch all but a few of your plants to the Z7 regimen. Keep a few of the non treated plants going until the end of the growing period for a full comparison in harvests. Once you see the difference in plant growth and realize it’s really very easy to grow plants to their genetic potential, you will do the dance of joy.

Use Z7 and see your plants real genetic potential!

How can I tell if Sludge and Slime is hurting my plants right now?

It is important to note that no matter how much air is placed into the nutrient via air pump, water pump or hydrogen peroxide dosing, sludge and slime will form a barrier that will keep the roots from pulling in the proper amount of water, oxygen and nutrients to fulfill their needs. Sludge and slime hides in plain sight and takes the grower completely by surprise.

At first, usually during vegetation, the hydroponic grower sees slow growth, signs of nutrient deficiencies and slight curling of the leaves. The grower will often see insect attack. The grower starts to question whether the right choice of plant food, hydro system or lighting was made. He or she wonders if maybe the lamps are old. Then in bloom things start to get worse, much worse. Plant roots turn brown and mushy and death comes quickly. Has this ever happened to you? Did it ever occur to you that bad water might be to blame?

H2O2, Chlorine and other oxidizing chemicals may look like they are working but they are creating a vicious cycle. These chemicals try to kill all bacteria and fungus in the system but never do. What grows back first is the bad bacteria and fungus because it doesn't have the good bacteria to keep it check. Now you need to add more chemicals and the cycle starts all over again. The plants roots are always damaged in the process, the permeable membrane of the root cells are scared and unable to allow osmosis to function normally. When you use Z7 you can stop using nasty chemicals! Save your money and have better quality plants. Z7 is usually 10 to 30 times less expensive to use than nasty sanitizing chemicals and minerals.

Think about it!

How often do I add Z7 in hydroponics?

When nutrient temperatures are high, oxygen levels are severely reduced. Z7 will help the reduced oxygen effects but it is not a total cure for high water temps. For every degree higher than 70 degrees the reduction of microscopic sediment is even more important than ever. Z7 should be added at least every week and every 3-4 days as the plants roots grow larger root systems. Roots lose cells and these cells wind up covering up the root's membrane and creating bio-film and slime. Z7 greatly helps in reducing this plugging or covering of the root system.

This would be especially true for Deep Water Culture (DWC) where slime and particulate seem to attach to roots faster and easier because of nutrient stratification. Z7 may have to be introduced into the system every three to four days to keep everything in order; much the same way chlorine has to be introduced on a time table as the chemical reactions caused by the high nutrient temperatures increase the oxidation reaction. In DWC be sure to keep water levels below the base of the stem so stem root does not occur.

DWC Systems that feed from the bottom only may have nutrient/oxygen stratification problems higher up in the buckets or tanks. Adding air stones to DWC system buckets help move nutrients and oxygen through the roots but don't overdo it with bubbles. Too many bubbles are just as bad as not enough as high nutrient flow or movement can reduce the plants osmotic ability. Organics of any kind should be avoided in DWC systems unless you have tested the organics in a small system with high nutrient temps first. Do not assume anything, do your testing first.

Z7 has worked in many DWC systems with relatively high nutrient temperatures. However, at least one of our customers have had a problem with high nutrient temps in DWC a system while using Z7. We may have to look into other factors that could contribute to a DWC system failing in high temps using Z7. As mentioned before, watch out for organics and DWC systems as may have tried and failed with organics in Deep Water Culture. Especially when nutrient temps are high.

Pro Growers Note: Hard water should also be looked at very carefully when temps get up high in solutions. As I mentioned before, chemical reactions between metal ions take place much more frequently and abrasively when solution temps are high. In other words, water high in calcium will combine with added phosphorous found in bloom fertilizers and make the insoluble compound calcium phosphate. This will look like wet chalk and may hold a color other than white. In this case, the nitrogen source of the fertilizer should be comprised of minerals other than calcium. In other words, a component of the fertilizer Calcium Nitrate should be traded for a nitrogen source without a calcium binder like Potassium Nitrate. This will keep the ratio of phosphorous to calcium at levels required to keep them from interacting with one another.

NFT and ebb and flow systems seems to function much better at higher nutrient temperatures. One could assume it is because the roots spend time out of the nutrient solution allowing them to bring in much needed oxygen and the rate of floods to drain are increased to satisfy high evaporation rates. Also, shade plants like lettuce are in and out of a hydro system within 30 days so there is much less time to build up slime and other organic sediment.

Keeping temperatures below 70 degrees is always best. Temperatures exceeding 70 degrees in hydroponics may need to add chlorine to the water in a reduced rate. We will give you more info on this as DATA comes in. Obviously chlorine will kill all microbes in the water and is not desirable for organic or aquaponic systems.

Can I use chlorine with Z7 if I can't control my hydroponic water temp?

Remember, for those in Hydroponics, keep your temps down below 72 degrees. If you are in high temps avoid adding organics, the organics make a nice home for bad bacteria and problematic fungus. Soil growers don't have to worry so much. The growing media itself will hold good bacteria to fight off Pythium and etc when using Z7. Most hydroponic growers with nutrient temps below 72 degrees will not need anything else but Z7.

Z7 treated water will need to be added every 3-4 days when nutrient temperatures exceed 72 degrees. Warmer nutrient temperatures cause faster chemical reactions and more Z7 will be needed. Reduce nutrient strength when temperatures rise or humidity lowers as transpiration will increase in these conditions.

After 72 degrees or to be on the safe side if monitoring of temperatures is hard to do, an option is available:

Adding chlorine to water along with Z7 can be done if chlorine concentrations stay in the 0.08 ppm dilution rate or close to it. Chlorine at temperatures above 72 degrees will have to be added every 2-4 days to keep those concentrations stable as they break down due to natural and expected oxidation and Z7 should be added every 3-4 days.

It’s always hard to make judgment calls on the worst case scenarios but this is the best we can do until more data comes in from farms in the Islands and Central America. Many of the problems of root rot in hydro systems (DWC the most susceptible) stems from too much particulate in the nutrient as the sediment collects on the roots, restricting what little oxygen is left from the high nutrient temperatures. FYI, The Flying Skull line of plant food has been formulated to be as clean as possible should temps in nutrient solutions rise above desired levels.

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