Maximize your Cannabis Grow with Filtered Water
What up GreenBox Growers and welcome back to the most LIT Cannabis grow Channel on YouTube! Now today's video is all about water quality, and making sure that you are feeding your Cannabis Plants with water that is coming from a healthy source. This video is especially important for those of you who are growing in a deep water culture system, or some other form of Hydroponics. As well as for those of you who live somewhere that is known for having really poor quality tap water. So you will see I have my TDS meter right here, and I will be showing you how to use this to test the quality of your water. And then I've also got this zero water filtration system that I will be demonstrating. And basically what this will do is filter out any impurities or minerals that you don't want in your water to help make it a lot healthier for your cannabis plant.
Now in today's video not only will I show you guys how to test the quality of your water but I will also show you guys how to understand the different levels of ppm's and what that means, and how that goes along or works together with the amount of nutrients you are adding in to your hydroponic system. Not before I get started with today's video I want to remind you guys that if you are looking to start your first cannabis grow at home, or you've already started in our struggling to get those results you are wanting, be sure to contact me via my info down below which includes my cell phone and email address down there. And I do offer a one-on-one grow guidance where I will personally teach you each day over the phone what to do. And I also feel free to check out our MERCH under the MERCH and smoke tab on greenboxgrown.com, and now that you know what we're doing today's video let's get started!
Alright so we are over here at my desk where we have the supplies I will be going over, and the first thing I want to cover and today's video is I want to give you guys a quick explanation of what ppm's means and what it stands for. So what it stands for is parts per million, and so what that means is one part per million is equal to 1 mg of a soluable material being dissolved into 1 liter of water. So one part per million equals 1 milligram of some sort of dissolvable material that is in the water, / will liter of water. So for example if you got a reading of 900 PPM for your water, what that would mean is there are 900 mg of a soluble material per liter of water in that mixture.
So that is a decently High PPM but I will explain more about that later. All you need to know for now is what parts per million means. Now the next thing I want to cover in this video is the tool that you will be using for reading the ppm's of your water. And what that will be is a TDS meter, and now TDS stands for total dissolved solids. And essentially what that means it's going to give you a reading of how much solids are dissolved into your water. Alright so now that you guys know what ppm's are and what a TDS meter is, I want to show you guys the zero water filtration system. So the reason it is called zero water it's because it will take your tap water or whatever and it will remove about 99% of any dissolve solids that is in that water. Making it exactly 0 PPM. Now I will be testing this later in the video to show you guys how that works.
They say safe drinking water is anything at 500 or below so 500 PPMs or lower. And I will also show you guys with the TDS meter what the water reads coming out of the top at my house so you can get an idea of that. But anyways this is of course for more small-scale grows, as you can see this has about a 2 gallon capacity so you can filter two gallons at once and it takes about 10 minutes to 15 minutes to filter through. If you need more than that, of course you can get something like a bucket that holds a lot of water and you can just keep filtering this through and fill that up for the week. Or if you are doing a dwc or some sort of hydroponic grow, you can always just fill that up by filtering water through here until that is full. So once you pull this out of the package you will see it comes with its own TDS meter for reading the water, and then it also has the filter. So I'm going to show you guys that really quickly.
Something that is cool is on the filter bag it actually shows you or Compares what kind of PPM levels the water or the tap water is at different parts of the country in different states. So you can see here we've got in California we've got orange which reads around 301 to 400 PPMs. Out there in different states they goes high as 401 ppm's,And then the lowest they have is actually 0 PPM and I don't see that anywhere here on the map, but it does look like Oregon gets about to 2 to 50 PPMs. So they have some pretty clean water. I know something I will explain later in the video is there are some healthy things minerals in the water especially for growing the plants, that will be removed from this filter so you do have to add that back in later. So for example it will remove things like calcium and magnesium completely from the water. And that is actually something that is really important for growing cannabis, so you will want to be sure to add that back in.
Alright let me open this bag on the filter really quick so I can show you guys what that looks like, it is pretty cool looking little filter here and you can see it comes in a case actually. And these filters last pretty long I forget how many gallons they can filter before they out, but there you go. So I pulled the lid off and you will see that is the filter and then that is the hole the water comes out of. All right so you can see I've got the filter screwed and it is all set up and ready to go. So now I'm going to get some water and we're going to test the PPM levels before straight out of the tap, and then what they are after they have gone through the filter.
Also just to give you guys an idea of what this filter looks like on the inside so you can see what the process the water is going through. You can kind of see an explanation here on the packaging. So it is a five-step process and you can see there is a different layers of filters that goes through including a carbon filter and a few other, it says a comprehensive ionic exchange array, nonwoven membrane to remove ultra fine particles. So yeah it has all the different information on the box if you guys want to check that out for what the filter is doing. But yeah let me go get some water now so we can test that out.
Alright so I've got the water in the top here and it is starting to filter through, see I filled it up there and now it is slowly filtering through that bottom hole there and the Zero Water Filter. So well that is happening, just wanted to give you guys some more info on ppm's and how that relates to using nutrients and growing cannabis. So there's going to be different levels of ppm's you want to keep for when you are growing your cannabis plants, depending on the stage of growth they are at. Now if you go over that limit, essentially having too high of a PPM level, that means there is too much nutrients or dissolved solids in the water for your plants and it is going to burn them and be too strong for them. Now on the other side of ppm's are too low, your plans are going to essentially be starving because they are not going to be getting enough nutrients and essential minerals that they need to survive. So a way to think about it when you are growing let's say Hydroponics or deep water culture, you are going to remove when filtering the water, you are going to remove everything in there that is raising the PPM levels. So you will start off at a perfect 0 PPM level. Then will you can do is start adding in your nutrients at a little bit at a time and as you have those nutrients and, depending on how much you had and what strength that particular nutrient is, that's going to start raising that PPM level.
Now starting at the seedling and clone phase you're going to want to have the ppm's level at around 300 to 500 ppm's. So you're going to want to be lighter on the nutrients in you're not going to want to be mixing in as much. So like I said earlier when I said you run water through the filter, you're going to strip things out such as calcium and magnesium. Now Cal Mag is a very essential nutrient mix to add in to almost every nutrient feeding. and especially when you are in deep water culture or Hydroponics and you are using a filter like this, you are always going to want to make sure you add some more calmag back in. now as you get to the vegetation stage, ppm's are going to rise to arrange of around 500 to a thousand ppm's.
And you are going to want to start off early Veg around 500 and slowly work your way up to that thousand PPM range and that is just going to be over the course of vegetation as the plant gets bigger. Now once you are in flour it's going to be 1,000 to 1300 PPM and again starting at a thousand ppm's when you are early flour and then start slowly raising it up as you go towards the end of flower, reaching that 1300 mark. Now once you get towards the end or middle end end, you are going to want to start lowering those ppm's again so that you get back down into that 300 to 500 PPM range. And that is essentially for flushing the plants and getting all of those nutrients out, so that is why you do that at the very end of the flowering stage. Another really cool thing about ppm's and how you can use them to help you when growing hydroponically.
You can test with your TDS meter of course the different levels of your ppm's in your Reservoir, so when you first fill up your Reservoir with your nutrient mix for your week you are going to test your PPM, and let's say you are at the beginning of the vegetation stage so that means you're ppm's will be in the range of 500 to 600 ppm's. Now you can tell if your plants are really starving for nutrients or if they don't need any extra nutrients at the moment based on how the PPM levels change throughout the week after adding the water mix to that Reservoir. So for example let's say you had that mix that was at 600 ppm's for your early vegetation plants, and let's say you come back a few days later in the ppm's have dropped a lot. That means the plants are using up a lot of those nutrients and they were really hungry or thirsty for the nutrients.
Now vice-versa let's say you come back a few days later and the ppm's haven't dropped very much or they have even raised up a lot, what that means is the plants are drinking up the water but they are not taking up the nutrients as much. So they are becoming a higher PPM level because there are more nutrients to less water. Alright we are now at the point where enough water has filtered through and we can test out the PPM levels. So here we go on the right is the tap water that has not been filtered, and then you can see on the left you I've got my Empty Glass and I'm going to fill it up with my now filtered zero water. So this water should read at exactly zero ppm's with the TDS meter. Or I guess just filling up my cup real quick here. All right so left is the filtered water and right is the unfiltered.
So it's a TDS meter you don't actually have to calibrate these they come already right out the box. Just going to hit that on-off button, 0 PPM alright so first let's check out straight from the tap. All right so that's actually really good, 256, I said anything below 500 or right at 500 PPM is good or acceptable for drinking water, so we are just right at half that at 256. So now let me just quickly dry off the node on the end of my TDS meter so we do not contaminate the clean water here. Now let's see, this is the zero water here on the left, so one, went up to 2 for a second there so there you guys know it's right at 1, it's not at zero so there it went to zero for a second there, but 1 PPM that is not much of a difference. And especially like as I was saying with your DWC grows, that is a great starting point for when you are adding your nutrients. And there she goes back down to zero and then back up to 1 again.
So finally just the kind of wrap up and conclude the video, I would like to say it is always important to check your ppm's when growing because you do want to know if you are in that correct range, especially when your plants are younger or in the flowering stage even cuz you did not want to mess up those buds that you work so hard to get to that point with. So regardless of the water quality you have coming out of top I recommend using the TDS meter, of course if you are somewhere that is known for having bad water, then I am going to of course recommend that you get something like this Zero Water Filter or just some sort of water filter that is going to help you lower that. And if you are growing hydroponically, it is a must have to have the TDS meter and a water filter. Just because you want to have those ppm's in the proper range so that your plants can survive and grow to the best of their abilities.
All right guys that concludes today's video about water filtration and the importance of using clean healthy water for your plants. You guys also know I don't know how to use this TDS meter to test the quality of your water at home from the tap and you also know how to use products like this filtration system by Zero Water to remove impurities like heavy metals and other things like that you don't want your plants. As always if you enjoyed the video please smash that Thumbs Up Button and don't forget to comment below with your feedback. Also feel free to subscribe to the GreenBox Grown YouTube channel, and a turn on those notifications for updates on my latest grows. As always thank you guys for watching, and until next time…
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