It’s the same science! Only it gets better on so many fronts. I just mentioned the above goal of creating as much surface area as possible, the more surface area,,… the more beneficial bacteria. Well, take another look at that water hyacinth. Do you see all those little tiny fibrous roots, thousands of them on just one plant?
Did a spark just go off? Did you get any ideas of what could happen here with this little weed? It’s virtually impossible to duplicate the surface area of a fibrous root system with man made material. But, it doesn’t stop there.
What can plants do that beads can’t do?... GROW! What does that mean to us water garden folks? Allot! You see, certain plants don’t need a soil medium and can grow hydroponically .
Therefore we can float them in a small retention pool above the pond, or in an existing bio falls box. We pump our pond water up into the bottom of that pool, it flows through the roots of our plants (beneficial bacteria heaven), and back to our pond as oxygen rich (aerated from moving through rocks and falling into pond), and biologically filtered.