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    DE Filter Material

    I remember reading somewhere that there is a product that can be used in DE filters in place of DE ... but I didn't save the link!

    Has anyone used anything other than DE in their DE filters?
    42,525 gallon IG gunite pool with DE filter and spill-over hot tub.

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    DE is so cheap, why are you interested in a replacement?
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    There is something called zeolite or zeobrite. I think it might filter better than DE, but not sure I remember correctly.

    You can also add a little of it to cartridge filters to really polish your water, something you cannot do with DE. (you can add either DE or the zeo to a sand filter, however.)

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    I believe the DE alternative is called Filter Aid and it's made of cellulose fiber. I think the claimed advantage over DE is that it's less hazardous to human health (DE can damage lung tissue if it's breathed in; it's otherwise inert and harmless).

    Zeolite is NOT a DE replacement. It can be used in place of sand in a sand filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KurtV
    ...Zeolite is NOT a DE replacement. It can be used in place of sand in a sand filter.
    Oops, my bad!

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    Perlite, a type of vocanite mineral, is the other DE substitute available. Both Perlite and cellulose fiber are more expensive than DE and IMHO, offer no real advantage.

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    I was looking for a possible replacement because of health issues, not cost ...
    42,525 gallon IG gunite pool with DE filter and spill-over hot tub.

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    Lisa, just wear a partical mask when handling the DE in it's dry form
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    Handling DE powder is probably much less dangerous than handling muriatic acid or even cal hypo, just use common sense and wear a mask.

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