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    Anyone have any idea what causes this? In one of my water trays the water will turn a brownish/orange and start reaking really bad. Like rotten eggs. There's also little 2-3cm worms wiggling around in the water.

    This happened last month so I took the pot and ran it through some sink water until the water was clear. This seemed to fix all the problems. However it has now come back again and I had to do it again. What is causing my ucky water?

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    Maybe your growing media is contaminated? What do you use in the pots that have ucky water? Is the media old?
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (joossa @ Dec. 05 2006,5:08)]Maybe your growing media is contaminated? What do you use in the pots that have ucky water? Is the media old?
    Media is rinsed coconut fiber and perlite. It's only a few months old. Other pots with the same media don't produce this phenomenon....
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    The color is due to tannins, the smell is hydrogen sulfate/ide (I believe) produced by anaerobic bacteria. If you unpot a plant, you should find that the soil is what smells and that hydrogen sulfate/ide is leaching into the water, making it appear that the water is the source. This is caused by lack of sufficient oxygen in the media and this is bad for the plants aswell as your nose.

    Assuming the worms aren't some sort of larvae, they are eating decaying plant matter. It wouldn't hurt to change the water atleast weekly and rinse everything out and sterilize the tray with hot water.

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    Change you're water more often it is just going stagnate... I usually let water get low or dry out completely out of the dish and I put in new fresh water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JustLikeAPill @ Dec. 05 2006,5:11)]The color is due to tannins, the smell is hydrogen sulfate/ide (I believe) produced by anaerobic bacteria. If you unpot a plant, you should find that the soil is what smells and that hydrogen sulfate/ide is leaching into the water, making it appear that the water is the source. This is caused by lack of sufficient oxygen in the media and this is bad for the plants aswell as your nose.

    Assuming the worms aren't some sort of larvae, they are eating decaying plant matter. It wouldn't hurt to change the water atleast weekly and rinse everything out and sterilize the tray with hot water.
    I know about Tannins but this is not normal for this pot/tray. I rinsed the media pretty well with the summer rains. Normal watering produces clear water in the tray.

    The worm like things could be larvae of some sort, I'm not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (nepenthes_ak @ Dec. 05 2006,5:12)]Change you're water more often it is just going stagnate... I usually let water get low or dry out completely out of the dish and I put in new fresh water.
    I don't believe this is the reason either. I don't keep the water tray always full. I let it dry out like you described. When I pour in the new water is when I see the ucky water.

    Could it be that the media is staying moist for too long of a time? The pot is 12" big so maybe that's the problem
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    the worms are likely fungus gnats. If rainwater is your rinser, you likely need to wash it for real to get rid of the populations of micro-organisms that build up in the tray
    that makes no logic

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