A little background:
I live in India a land where winters are mild and summers typically exceed 40°C. In these very warm summers we use an indigenous device to transform tap water into cool and humanely drinkable water. This amazing device is called Matka and is basically an eco-friendly and silent water cooler.
I read a bit about hydroponics online and decided to give it a run for which I found out that for noobs(like me) the kratky method is a great way to start with. Also another thing I found on the internet is that hydroponics (of all kinds) can be frightfully capital intensive to get started with and so in order to reduce the expenditure on my part I decided to look for ways to make my system cheaper. some of my solutions include:
- Using matkas instead of bell jars for water storage
- Using coconut coir for germinating plants (I have a coconut tree at my house)
- Using random odd bits of stone, debris from used matkas, random pebbles etc in place of those clay balls.
Obviously my question is will a setup with these substitutes work in place of the real thing. If they do not could anyone suggest some better alternatives. My thanks to everyone.