DE Filter Material

Lisa

LifeTime Supporter
Apr 23, 2007
18
Nokesville, VA
#1
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?
 

The Mermaid Queen

TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Mar 28, 2007
2,522
Northern KY
#3
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.)
 

KurtV

LifeTime Supporter
Mar 29, 2007
270
SE Louisiana
#4
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.
 
G

Guest

#6
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.
 
G

Guest

#9
Handling DE powder is probably much less dangerous than handling muriatic acid or even cal hypo, just use common sense and wear a mask.