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I found this carbon on ebay for $45 shipped. I figured I could either pay $150 for 5 gallons or $45. So I took the chance. When I got it I put it in water and it did not fiz at all.

Can anyone tell wether or not it is any good by the pics?





 

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hmmm... no fiz? Prolly pelletized coal, not what you want, although it will prolly work, albeit slowly, usually not indicated for aqueous filtrtion. See http://www.carbonactivatedcorp.com/products-services.htm for some info on the topic, more technicl stuff at http://www.envirotrol.com/ and http://www.environmental-expert.com/technology/calgoncarbon/index.htm to ID your exact product. You want to use pelletied GAC indicated for water purification. I usually can get it for about $10 for a 5 lb bag (huge bag) and it DEFINITELY "hisses" when the water is added.
 

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Doh, I don't have a phosphate test kit.

So I am Just checking for phosphate leaching? I should use RO/DI water for the test?
 

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You want to use pelletied GAC indicated for water purification. I usually can get it for about $10 for a 5 lb bag (huge bag) and it DEFINITELY "hisses" when the water is added.

Where can I get this stuff? :drool:

I have been posting about where to get bulk GAC for 3 months and no one would tell me where to get it, now its too late and you want to tell me? :rolleyes:
 

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lemmmeno when you will want to get some, I get it in bulk for several folks, and to avoid the anticommercial postings, I dont post about it, PM me for more info
 

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Must test for Phosphate. Most Active Carbon is rised from the factory in a chemical that I can not remember right not that will leach phosphate back into you system.

To test take a pice to the LFS and ask to do a Phosphate test on the piece. If it has Phosphate Don't put it in your tank.
 

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There's a very large percentage of carbon that is "recycled."
Basically they run it thru chemicals, ground it, reform and resell.
I'd hate to know that youre getting carbon that used to be in one of my remediation systems...


btw, Tom... keep me in mind with any of your bulk orders. Salt, carbon, etc. I'll use any excuse to head up there for a beer... lol
 

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fchidsey said:
Most Active Carbon is rised from the factory in a chemical that I can not remember right not that will leach phosphate back into you system.

phosphoric acid
 
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