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How does sludge and slime contribute to root rot?

It is important to keep tanks, pipes, drippers and sprayers from building up inanimate dirt and slime. Dirt and grime build 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 in hydroponic grow systems.

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 tank, pipes, drippers, and sprayers from getting dirty.

Add Z7 to your water and then add your teas, fertilizers, or concoctions and mix well before feeding the plant. Normal dosage is 1 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. Use ½ tsp (2.5ml) of each Z7 part per gallon of tea.

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.

Z7is extremely concentrated so you will make a diluted mix. Add one ounce of Z7part 1 to one gallon of water. Technically the mix would be 1 ounce Z7to 127 ounces of water but a gallon will do. Place the Dosatron tube in the Z7mix and prime it.

Z7is extremely concentrated so you will have to add one ounce of Z7part 2 to one gallon of water. Technically the mix would be 1 ounce Z7to 127 ounces of water but a gallon will do. Place the Dosatron tube in the Z7mix and prime it.

If you need to run at a 1­120 ratio because you have high water usage, add 2 ounces of Z7to 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.

Z7suggested dosage is 0.5 mL to 1 gallon of water or a 1 to 1­7,570 ratio.

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

I understand Z7 is used in Aquaponics to cleanse tanks and pipes. 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 other freshwater fish without harming them in any way. The general directions and applications are as follows.

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

For new Aquaponics systems at startup: Start by using Zat 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 the bio-film buildup is occurring, try increasing the application intervals 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 will also change. Always use the least amount needed to maintain the biological balance of the system.

Apply Z7in 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 ml of each part for every 20 gallons of water) in the system. Z7 should be added every three to four days.

IMPORTANT: The water tank may show signs of clouding if the Aquaponics system was very dirty. This water may be dumped as it may have 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 'clearing up', 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 to help keep it free of inanimate slime on filter and tank surfaces.

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?

Hydroponics: 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 pipe and tank cleansing. Dump the tank and refill. The system will run clear soon enough.

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 and excessive use of organics, some customers have increased the dose to twice times the standard dose. If more control is needed to remove inanimate slime and other nasty stuff, doubling the strength could help clean things up. Then after a short time, change back to the recommended dose. If they see slimy buildup coming back then increase the dose slightly. Using the least amount is always the most desirable.

How does Z7 work?

By treating and conditioning filthy well, stream, irrigation, pond, and chemical-laden city water systems, Z7 allows you to have cleansed and relatively labor free working surfaces!

For hydroponic systems that are brand new or freshly cleaned, use Z7 at startup. Z7 will help to keep sludge and inanimate slime from forming in tubes, sprayers, tanks or on roots. Not only will it help keep the sprayers and tubes from clogging but you may never have to break down your hydroponic system for inside cleansing. It will help root systems be free of inanimate slime.

Whether you’re 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 a grow as 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 inanimate slime.

Anytime you add sugar, molasses or organics to the water tank, 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 is a good sanitizer for cleaning tanks, pipes, and pots between harvests but using it in the water while the plants are growing can be detrimental to the roots.

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. Hydrogen Peroxide, Chlorine, Colloidal Silver and other sanitizing products do way more harm than good. 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.

Experience hydroponics the way it was meant to be. Use Z7 today!

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

Z7 helps to keep inanimate slime accumulate on hydro hardware surfaces when used as directed. 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 while doing so, helps to keep the sludge and slime from adhering to 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.

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 irrigation systems.

Z7 will also help 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 inanimate slime is to blame for it.

How affordable is Z7?

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

Z7 is extremely affordable. The 1-gallon set will treat over 7,000 gallons of water at a cost of $0.023 (MSRP) 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 a watering system, your investment and save you time and labor!

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 inanimate slime is cleansed away. 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 are being cleansed from the hydroponic system the nutrient will go cloudy. The cloudiness is the sludge, inanimate 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. 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 water will eventually run clear when the sludge and inanimate 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.

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!

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