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RE: [APD] diatomaceous earth...

Missed the place online you mentioned below to buy the DE.


-----Original Message-----
From: aquatic-plants-bounces+rtcrosby=charter_net at actwin.com
[mailto:aquatic-plants-bounces+rtcrosby=charter_net at actwin.com] On
Behalf Of S. Hieber
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 10:57 AM
To: aquatic plants digest
Subject: Re: [APD] diatomaceous earth...

How much are you gonna use this thing?

You can go to a swimming pool supply store and buy a 18 or
20 pound bag for about what a box of the stuff costs in a

That's probably the cheapest that you'll find it. I've done
one on one comparisons with the pool stuff and the
"special" stuff. Not a dime's worth of diff. I've also
tried some special grades of DE from one of the major
mineral suppliers for DE -- they package and 15 or so diff grades --
mainly diff degrees of filtration capacity due to the amount of
calcination. You can buy finer stuff like that, but you'll find that it
clogs way too soon. The really fine stuff is used almost exclusively in
lab setups.

If you don't like driving, here's a place online that will
sell you a 25 pound bag for less than $20 plus shipping.
Btw, Aquacel is the medium grade of DE from that mineral company I
mentioned. It will last you the rest of your life
-- or you can go in with a few hobby buddies and it will
last all you the rest of your lives for about $5 or $6 each
;-)  .

Wear a dust mask, and wash your hands after handling.

Good luck, good fun,
Scott H.
--- Jared Morris <jmorris at infostations_com> wrote:
> I just bought a Whisper Diatomagic DE filter, and need
> some more
> diatomaceous earth.  I have seen it in larger quantities thant the 
> piddly little bags made specificly for the Whisper.  Could I use
> any filter grade
> DE in my filter?  Any good sources?

S. Hieber

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