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    Diatomite Filter Media

    Am I correct in assuming this is the same as Diatomaceous Earth?

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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    Yup, that's DE.
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    thanks
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    The DE will last forever, but the bag won't. Store that thing in a sealed garbage bag or a trash can or a rubbermaid tote or something, because if that bag gets wet, you'll have a mess of unbelievable proportions.
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    I like to use a simple painters breathing mask when handling dry DE. Any hardware store has them. Do NOT breath in the dust as it is not good for you.
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    It works day or night! wow!
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by borjis View Post
    It works day or night! wow!
    The weak attempts at package marketing on pool chemicals always cracks me up. I can see how pools feel so complicated to people who rely on pool stores. Fortunately I found this forum early on (not before I wasted $80 on di-chlor, though).
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    haha yes.

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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    I can actually think of a scenario where they might have a point. DE does a better job of getting the really tiny particles out than sand or cartridge. Some people don't want to see any floating things in the water at night when the light is on. DE is best at cleaning that up.
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by borjis View Post
    It works day or night! wow!
    Its got Electrolytes, Its got what pools crave!!!
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Its got Electrolytes, Its got what pools crave!!!
    Now that quote I can relate to. I refer people to that movie all the time. We are headed there for sure!
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    Note Garden DE and Pool DE are not the same thing, one is heat treated one is not
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by borjis View Post
    It works day or night! wow!
    The more I think about it, the other two statements are more silly than that one.
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    Re: Diatomite Filter Media

    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieH View Post
    Now that quote I can relate to. I refer people to that movie all the time. We are headed there for sure!
    Me too. Only, I think we are already there! Note the similarity to the president in that movie and the one we are going to get.
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