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    Have DE filter - want something "healthier"

    Hi,

    We have a DE filter for the pool and I've read that DE can be hazardous to your health. I'm sure it must be eaten or breathed to really be dangerous, but I have young kids and I have some auto-immune health issues. So my OCD side says I want to replace the DE with something less hazardous, preferably with something that doesn't have potential side effects.

    Can you guys/gals recommend something that is a direct replacement? Ideally, I'd like to just "convert" the DE filter and retain the existing canister.

    Thanks in advance.
    Inground pool; about 20,000 gallons (18' x 36'); pool liner (vinyl?) a few years old; Haywood pump SPX2607X10

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    Re: Have DE filter - want something "healthier"

    It is only dangerous if breathed in, which is only when recharging the filter. There is cellulose fiber you can use in the filter instead of DE that is safe ... search for discussions about it.
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    Re: Have DE filter - want something "healthier"

    I agree. The only risk is if someone breathed in a lot of dust on a regular basis. When used as directed, it is a safe and effective filtration media.

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    Re: Have DE filter - want something "healthier"

    Plug fiberclear into the search box. I use it.
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    Have DE filter - want something "healthier"

    I just stated using fiberclear myself. Thought I'd give it a try. So far so good.
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    Re: Have DE filter - want something "healthier"

    I also recommend the cellulose filter media like fibre clear. It is environmentally friendly and very light weight. You really can't convert a filter that uses DE to one that uses sand or a cartridge. If you want a different type of filter you will have to buy one.
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    Re: Have DE filter - want something "healthier"

    Hi,

    I found a product made by Sil-Kleer at my local pool store over the weekend and want to know if anyone on here has tried it? I tried to find cellulose fiber, but they didn't carry it. Please let me know your experiences with Sil-Kleer as I intend to use it in the next few days. Thanks!
    Inground pool; about 20,000 gallons (18' x 36'); pool liner (vinyl?) a few years old; Haywood pump SPX2607X10

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    Re: Have DE filter - want something "healthier"

    A quick search revealed that this product has not been mentioned on the forum. So, you may be the guinea pig.

    A similar product is Aquaperl which you can search the forum for a few posts. Here is one:
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...DE-Alternative
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