Please can you tell me what the general organics nutrients (the whole kit) is made up of. Pictures of the bottles would help me greatly, front and back so I can see the exact make up of them.
If you can not do this please can you provide me with a link to the website of the manufacturer, also include the names on your bottles please??
Are you in an area that has mains water coming from a deselanated water treatment supply ??
What is the EC of your mains water ??
Can you try filling a reservoir or bucket and aireating the water with an air pump and air stones for 24 hours and see if the PH and EC are the same as your mains water??
"Yep, pH adjustment of tap water by The Man is in the range of 9.2 to 9.6, very intentionally, using primarily sodium carbonate and fine adjustments with CO2."
Can you expand a little on your comment above as I dont quite follow / understand the comment ??
As I understnad it CO2 carbon dioxide, is used to make water fizzy / effervescent!!
If anything you want oxygenated water not CO2 enriched water, CO2 is generally added to the AIR enviroment of the room this allows you to run a little higher temps in the growing enviroment.
Just for your information, when I use hydroponics NFT (nutrient fim technique) I allow my nutrient solution to vary between 5.2 ph and 6.2 ph with out any problems.
In soil I allow the nutrient solution for watering / feeding to go as low as 5.8 ph at the start 1st week, followed by 6.0ph 2nd week, then at 6.2ph until the vegetaive phase is finished.
I am very curious as to why your mains water is in the Ph range of 9.2 to 9.6 ?? Where abouts in the world are you located geographically. Have you checked with your water companies website what the ph of their mains drinking water should be ??
If that was in the UK we would be able to claim compensation from the water authorities. As it would not be classed safe for humans to even drink. A Ph of 9.5 is the highest allowed by law in the UK to be provided by the water mains companies.
The water quality regulations specify that the pH of water at your tap should be between 6.5 and 9.5. Water leaving our treatment works typically has a pH between 7 and 8, but this can change as it passes through the network of reservoirs and water mains.
Ph values are on the scale power of 10, so it doesn't seem like a lot but 9.5 to 9.6 is a big difference.
Before going onto the topic of water hardness, lets first try to find out what your water should be coming out of your taps from your water company. A Ph that high would suggest its been stored in a concrete storage tank or facility or something like that perhaps ??
Edited I had my numbers wrong for the legal quality of UK drinking water, now corrected!!