Hi, it took me two weeks but I think I found the only manufacturer-supplier of hydroton in India :
Mr. Sandeep V.
A/408, Neelkanth Palace, 100 FT Road, Satellite
Ahmedabad, Gujarat - , India
There are suppliers in Mumbai too.
I bought mine from Ratanshi Agro-Hortitech, Jijamata Udyan 175, Dr. Ambedkar Road Mumbai(Garden Products) 02223723296, 02223782596.They are highly efficient and ship across India.
In Pune you can buy from Jagtap Nursery. (I think Jagtap sources from Ratanshi and resells it locally)
did u inquire on the price of the hydroton??
Got it same time last year. 50 ltr bag for Rs.1120.00
There you go ! The group starts to be useful already...
Thx for the info Knowmore ! I sent an inquiry today, haven't heard from them yet ...
Please feel free to share any good sources you may know of, in India, for any kind of stuff related to aquaponics in this group ! (equipment, fingerlings etc)
@Anir: The advantage with Hydroton is its weight and transplanting is a breeze. I have gravel as well and its a pain to clean and replant and so on..and it is PH neutral. Check with Ratanshi. I am sure they can put it in train transport to Cal from Mumbai.What's your system like?
@Alex: Thanks to you actually! Where are you based in India and what kind of system do you have?
I was kinda hoping that it would be cheaper than that... So that's close to 7k for a square meter of grow bed at standard depth. I was looking at a system with 6 square meters of growbeds with a 2000 liters of fish tank, that would be 42k of hydroton ! So I guess I'll indulge in a couple of square meters filled with it, for the kind of crops that need to be harvested often like lettuce and others, and will go for gravel for plants that last a season or more. Then I can always "upgrade" one square meter at a time every few months. Because I somehow find hydroton to be ideal in terms of weight, hand-friendliness, and even aesthetics... After all its almost a lifetime investment so I think i'll go for it in stages :)
Knowmore, I'm in Bangalore at the moment, no system yet, planning to move to the nearby country side sometime this year and start one.
Has anyone tried out hybrid?? gravel at the bottom and hydroton at the top??? it would be little soothing as far as costing is concerned.... also will be easy for transplanting/ replanting....
I do this in my Hybrid systems. It works wonders.
Actually if you wait until the water level is at the highest, you really do not have a problem in transplanting as the gravel moves easily. 2 inches of Hydroton on top of the gravel works great regardless of water level. Here is a write up of a system that we recently introduced during the last Aquaponics Workshop:
Hybrid media is the best solution to start with, thanks for the reminder Koushik, I had read this somewhere and forgot about it... With just 2 inches on top as Sahib says, you get the advantages of hydroton for transplanting ease + aestetics for only 1000 Rs per square meters of growbed surface. That gets really affordable this way. I'll do that ...
@ Sahib: Thanks for the pics... ur system is cool.... Will surely try this in my upcoming model farm....
@ Alex: ya tats rite now u can have the luxury of going for 4 sq.m i guess ;)