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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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distilled water for dry ferts

I realize that I need to use distilled water when I mix my dry ferts for pps pro that I should add 20 ml of excel for 500ml. Should I boil the distilled water before i mix? I got this distilled water from walmart.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 06:44 PM
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There is no need to boil it. Won't do anything good or bad, just waste energy.

I use EI method and just use tap water. My tap is fairly soft water, so the fertilizers dissolve just fine, and I make a fairly concentrated blend so I do not have to dose very much each time.
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just get the water warm, not boiling before you mix. the warmer water will help it dissolve better.
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The main reason distilled water is used is because both the Iron EDTA in CSM+B, and Excel, break down at high pH. Most tapwater has high pH, so if you use that, your solution will degrade in the bottle.

Heating the distilled water a bit will make it easier to dissolve stuff in it, but it's not necessary to sterilize it through boiling. The Excel takes care of sterilization.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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ok thanks guys
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