The Benefits of Mixing Carbon-Based Fertilizer in Batch Tanks
Carbon-based fertilizers have gained popularity due to their ability to mix with water in large quantities, making them highly versatile and user-friendly. In this article, we will explore the features of mixing our EON nutrient line in batch tanks. Understanding the differences between batch tanks and stock tanks, as well as the proper mixing techniques, is crucial for maximizing the benefits of EON in large commercial facilities.
- Difference between Batch Tanks and Stock Tanks:
Before diving into the specifics of mixing EON in batch tanks, it is important to differentiate between these two types of tanks. Stock tanks contain a concentrated solution of salts, where raw salts are diluted to create a liquid concentrate blend. This blend is then injected into the main water line to feed the plants. On the other hand, batch tanks involve taking concentrated powder and dissolving it into a ready-to-use style, as opposed to injecting concentrated salts into the mainline. EON, our carbon-based fertilizer line, is designed to be used in batch tanks as it contains rock phosphate that suspends in the solution without dissolving like salts do.
- Mixing EON Properly:
To ensure that all the molecules in EON are properly dissolved, suspended, and spread apart in the reservoir, a mixing pump, such as a sump pump, is required. The pump should be placed at the bottom of the reservoir to circulate the nutrients throughout. Attaching a hose to the pump and clipping it to the top of the reservoir ensures complete movement of materials from the bottom to the top, and back down. It typically takes 10-15 minutes to fully mix EON in the batch tank. Once this duration is reached, the pH of the nutrients should be adjusted to the desired range, and the nutrient mixture can then be pumped to the plants. The same mixture can be used for up to 72 hours, but it is important to circulate the nutrient mixture for an additional 10 minutes and adjust the pH again before irrigation.
- Keeping a Batch Tank Fresh:
To maintain the freshness of the nutrients in the batch tank for 48-72 hours, it is recommended to keep the reservoir mixed every 8-12 hours. Due to the inclusion of calcium carbonate and humic acids in our carbon nutrients, the pH may tend to rise over time. To counteract this, the application of pHlush and subsequent adjustment of pH to the proper levels is necessary.
Using carbon-based fertilizers, like our EON nutrient line, in batch tanks provides numerous benefits for large commercial facilities. By properly mixing the nutrients, ensuring proper circulation, and adjusting the pH as needed, growers can maximize the effectiveness of EON and promote healthy plant growth. Understanding the distinctions between batch tanks and stock tanks, as well as following the recommended procedures, will enable growers to make informed decisions about their irrigation systems and achieve optimal results in their cultivation practices.