New acidification system
After years of closely monitoring how much water I give my BB to prevent chlorosis due to our high PH 7 water I finally have thrown in the towel. It was ok when I had less plants but now up to 142 BB plants in 5 different beds and it was just getting hard to juggle.
Bought a 300 gallon tank ($25) to use a reservoir and a SS shallow well pump and pressure tank that sit on top of the 300 gallon tank. The pump delivers 950 gph at 30-50 psi. Ran a new 1" water line around the pool cage and plumbed in the fittings for the BB beds.
Went out and bought a 5 gallon container of sulfuric acid and I was surprised that it took 4 cups of 32% sulfuric acid to counteract the carbonates in my water. Not taking the water down too acidic just enough to lower the PH to 5 from 7 and neutralize the carbonates.
With a dedicated 1" fill line for the tank it takes 19 minutes to fill and 55 minutes to empty to the micro spray heads. Bought a timer you turn and can set it to anything from 6 minutes to 60 minutes and it shuts the pump off automatically. Ran it through it's paces yesterday and today and am pretty pleased. It has the same pressure as the house water so the heads all work great. At 4 cups per tank the acid is not going to last long so will either buy a 15 gallon or a 55 gallon drum of 93% sulfuric which will last me a lifetime.