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Candace

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I saw this product posted on the GW and think it's pretty clever. I have no idea if it would work well for s/h, but maybe would be worth an experiment on a throw away plant. Plus it comes in a rainbow of colors. Some are pretty fugly, but it's an interesting concept.

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Ah, no. I'm very happy with my current growing medium. Why don't you import some blue balls, Eric?
 
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They claim the charcoal will filter out all of the "bad' stuff, but I don't think charcoal discriminates between bad and good stuff and won't it also filter out fertilizer?
 
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Yeah, I was pretty sure they could give some to me and I could prove I could still grow algae along w/ my S/H plants despite their claims...would be handy if it worked as advertised though.
 

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Good idea, Ron. I can't stand garrish looking balls. Or you could always go with the good old black and blue? Is that passe?
 

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This product just appeared in the new Lee Valley catalog update (Canadian). It is only offered in terra cotta and is fairly expensive ($17 per kilogram). I might be tempted to try it but only if lasts or could be reused (rinsed or leached out). So my question is, if I wash my (Sumi) balls can I use them again somewhere else? :D


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You cannot reuse them I am afraid. If the ceramic is porous, it will allow anything to crystallize inside, so it would be a painful process to wash them. Maybe dip in acid for some days...

The name is strange... Sumi balls, at first I was wondering if it was spam for sex toys...
 

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Ron, were you able to find a US distributor? They do look pretty cool in aquariums. And they may look artsy if used to topdress a pot. I don't think I'd ever use it as a plant medium, though.
 
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