Hydroshale is the new standard grow medium.  It's a guaranteed ph neutral natural expanded aggregate that is perfect for your media bed, pool filter, or aquarium.  Best of all it's made right here in the USA.

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Our History

Since its humble start in 2012, Hydroshale has been used in aquaponics, hydroponics, aquariums, natural pools, green roofs, raised bed mulching, and ponds.   It all began while Hydroshale creator Matthew Ferrell was working at West Virginia University researching new aquaponic systems, and could not find a product that matched his needs for an aquaponic media that was both lightweight and had a high surface area for nitrification.  After an exhaustive search he settled on an expanded aggregate that was for the concrete industry.  After some trial and error, and a lot of begging, the supplier finally agreed to make him an aquaponic and hydroponic grade that is available nowhere else.  Our ¾ inch expanded slate is the only natural expanded product in the market at present that is double screened and double washed for a 98 percent pure ¾” mix verses the competition 60% pure product which is full of fine particles that clogged grow beds if not screened out.  That means you get more product for your money (35 cubic feet per ton), and less fines than any other expanded slate or shale.  On top of that there is no prewashing required outside of the grow beds! 

We are now in a position to bring our product to the masses and currently stocking stores with this money saving grow media.  Let us help you save money on your next grow bed project and provide you with what we like to think is the best natural expanded grow aggregate on the market.  We now have growers in Connecticut, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida!  Ask your local store about us.  We guarantee we are cheaper than every imported product out there!