Clay balls problem

by Craig
(Australia)

have recently brought some clay balls and they seem to be raising the ph of my system have done many test and it the caly ball is the problem does any of these other products do this? please help
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Answer from Stella:

Hi Craig,
The clay balls are relatively inert and should not change the ph. (Make sure they are well rinsed). We have never had this problem in our gardens that use them. Ph is always an ongoing aspect of any hydroponics system that needs to be checked and adjusted at least weekly. If you are having problems, check ph daily for a while.

Ph adjustment is just part of the process, it may not be your media (clay balls) at all.

Hope this helps!
Stella

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Sep 15, 2011
Ph activity with clay balls
by: Dan

I've also been using the "clay balls" and they do have an effect on PH for awhile IF YOU DON'T SOAK THEM FIRST. I try to soak them for 24 hours or so and that seems to reduce the problem.

Sep 16, 2011
craig
by: Anonymous

its good to hear that its not just me that is having this problem .i have been led to believe that a third vinigar into ro water while soaking will hold down the ph but gives you a false ppm reading (food) but after a couple of flushes it returns to what it previously was . thinking of using food grade platic beads or glass marbles for a medium . i under stand the other produts are worse than using clay balls, does anyone have a clue how to fix this problem.... cheers

Oct 09, 2011
ph
by: Anonymous

what i have found is that clay balls might be inert but they still rise the ph of my system very quickly ive done the test and if anyone can prove my wrong i will eat my own xxxx ......

Nov 21, 2011
Please rinse the clay balls
by: Anonymous

I have been using the clay balls (Hydroton) for years and the first thing I found out about them was how dirty they made my tank. Of course I later found out that rinsing them reduces this almost completely. The addition of the dust/dirt that comes with the medium can certainly cause your ph to vary. Rinse them in a large bin, remove with a strainer, empty the bin and do this over and over until the water in the rinse bin is clean. Now your clay balls are ready to use!

Jan 01, 2012
Make my own Clay Balls??
by: Jerry

I`m a Potter.I`m hoping that making my own Clay Balls will work.Has anyone tried making their own? If so,how did it word for you?

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