Aquaponics combines both aquaculture and hydroponics together in one complete growing system. This ecosystem relies on a pH neutral media in order to allow for the uptake of nutrients by plants while allowing you to amend the water with the nutrients that fish food doesn't provide all its own, namely Calcium and Potassium. Our lightweight media is perfect for the job and adds so many more benefits than the competition to boot. That's why you'll see over 17 varieties of plants enjoying Hydroshale in one grow bed at WVU's old research station in the picture to your right.
We are giving you the best price we can. On top of that our product never goes bad andcan be reused until the end of time. Buy your media once, and save money to buyseeds, fish food, or nutrients.
This is a natural earth product from the United States of America.
Yes, our product is mined and fire to expand it. However, because you can use it again and again, the energy that goes into making your media and getting it to you is only used once. Other products that are synthesized and are only good once have a negative cost each time you need to switch them out. While other “sustainable” products that are recycled have been fired at least twice, an energy intensive process, and trucked thousands of miles in their life.
High Surface Area
Getting air on the roots but keeping them moist is the name of the game. Unlike clay medias, HydroShale is pocked full of holes and voids, perfect for allowing even more oxygen into your grow bed. That high surface area also lends itself to bacteria colonization. The truth is, the more surface area you have per unit volume the more bacteria can live there. This increased number of bacteria help convert ammonia and nitrite to nitrate faster. This also means you can make you filters or media beds smaller and shallow as 6 inches.
Hydroshale is almost half air by volume, yet it won’t float on you like some other medias do. While it weighs in slightly heavier than expanded clay products, it does not hold on to as much water once drained, so it actually is lighter when working with wet media. And let’s face it how many hydro operations have dry media?
Unlike some other products that are use once and then no are good, this media will stand the test of time. Use it once, twice, a thousand times and you will get the same results.
Can be Sanitized
This is a big advantage when it comes to media. Between every hydroponic grow cycle media should be washed and sanitized, especially if you are growing high value products. This product is stabile under 2,000°F, so go ahead and fire it up and cook the bugs away.
Once acid washed and rinsed, this product is pH neutral… forever.