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Re: Aluminum

In a message dated 8/23/1999 1:53:31 AM Mountain Daylight Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

> A possible data point in favor of Al sulfate: Mardel's "Brite N' Clear", a 
>  product that claims to clear cloudiness and remove phosphates from 
>  water, lists Aluminum sulfate as its active ingredient. It also "has a 
>  softening effect on the water" according to the label.
>  Does anyone think this may actually remove phosphates? I wouldn't add it 
>  my aquarium, but I've been considering trying it as a pre-treat for 
>  changing water.

The phosphate may trade places with the sulfate and precipitate out as 
aluminum phosphate.  Personally, I wouldn't guarantee it.

Bob Dixon