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vbrach at juno_com (Vince Brach): NANFA-- Re: Aluminum

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From: vbrach at juno_com (Vince Brach)

Aluminum in contact with fresh water has a tendency to develop "aluminum
disease," which looks like small clumps of fungus.  In reality, these
puffs are aluminum hydroxide precipitations, which turn the water
alkaline (but not much).  I don't know what would happen to fish if they
ate them--but aluminum hydroxide is a component of antiacids like Maalox.

Aluminum in contact with salt water dissolves.  A beer can in the ocean
has a very short life because of this.  ~Vince~
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