Natural pools using expanded shale

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Shea Loner, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. Shea Loner

    Shea LonerValued MemberMember

    Okay so I came across an article about this company, Total Habitat, and their natural swimming pools.
    Really really awesome things going on there. I want one So bad.

    So reading into their methods some you come upon the term expanded shale. It's what they use/recomend as a media and as plant base. Its cheap, used in hydroponics and would seem to be an ideal media for aquariums and ponds. Especially for those DIY types like myself.

    I'm very much so thinking of trying it in my goldfish pond and maybe in a 10 gal in the house. Just to see how well it works and holds up. Anyone heard of it or tried it before?
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2016
  2. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Bumping this up for you
  3. jetajockey

    jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    I've heard of using expanded shale as a substrate for Aquaponics. I don't think it has any particular benefit submerged. It's real benefit is that it's lighter than pea gravel and cheaper than hydroton.

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  4. OP
    Shea Loner

    Shea LonerValued MemberMember

    Thank you for the bumb. One of these days I'll figure out how to write an ensaring title. :-D
    It is my understanding that in making the product it becomes porus and good foundation for BB.

    "Expanded Shale is a lightweight aggregate that is an ideal growing media for hydroponic or aquaponic systems. The shale is mined, crushed and fired under high temperatures in a rotary kiln, producing a clean, inert, porous, and light material.

    Because of the large amount of cracks and fissures in the expanded shale, the media can retain a large amount of moisture which can reduce the amount of flooding cycles needed for flood & drain (ebb & flow) systems. For aquaponic systems, there is a large amount of surface area per stone for producing beneficial bacteria for converting ammonia into nitrates."  

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