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>Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 02:50:50 -0800
>To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
>From: Victor Eng <engfam at axion_net>
>Subject: Re: Kati/Ani
>I too, am looking into using DI resins to purify my water (more for my reef
>aquarium than for my planted tank since my tap water is less than 1 degree
>KH & GH and is very very soft). Try this website
>They have two articles about regenerating the DI resins of the Aquarium
>Pharm. Tap Water Purifier DI resins.
>First read the article by Gary Deutschmann Sr. called 'Tap Water Purifier
>Recharging' and there is a short edited version of the procedure called
>'Edited Tap Water Filter Recharge Instructions'.
>They say that it's easy to get the two recharging agents. They are
>'Muiriatic Acid' (also known as Hydrochloric Acid, HCL) and 'Lye' (also
>known as 'Caustic Soda' and Sodium Hydroxide, NaOH). The article says that
>you can get the acid at hardware stores (builders use it to clean mortor
>from bricks) and also at swimming pool stores as a pH decreasing liquid
>(but they may charge more). They say the base reagent can be found in
>grocery store & plumbing supply store but be sure to get 'Pure Lye' (no
>additives). Apperently 'Drano Crystals' are made of NaOH but they also
>have aluminium and other substances in them so they will not be appropriate
>for the recharging purposes.
>So far, I've found no source for Lye in my neck of the woods. So if any
>Canadian's are using this DI recharge method please point me to a source
>for cheap Lye & Acid (name brand would be greatly appreciated, thanks).
>I hope this helps.
>Victor Eng Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
>engfam at axionet_com