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Old 11-18-2020, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know if Safety-Sorb and Quick Sorb are the same product?
https://www.acehardware.com/departme...rbents/1215169
I can get either product where I am, but the QuickSorb is several miles closer to the house.

I'm looking for a replacement for Flourite, which apparently is NOT the same as it was a decade ago, and it will NOT clear...just keeps clogging my filter pads...but I digress.
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Old 11-18-2020, 07:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are not exactly the same. Safe-T-Sorb is montmorillerite clay and Oil Dri is Fullers Earth (Attapulgite-type clay). Now, whether that makes any difference for aquarium use I have no idea.
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They are not exactly the same. Safe-T-Sorb is montmorillerite clay and Oil Dri is Fullers Earth (Attapulgite-type clay). Now, whether that makes any difference for aquarium use I have no idea.
Yes, they’re the same virtually. They expand when hydrated to absorb grease, oil, etc... they’re different in color likely. Hoppy has a picture of STS in his experiment thread. It looks like fluorite.
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My Oil-Dri is 100% calcium montmorillonite clay. But... the product that OP has is different. It's a *very* finely ground Oil-Dri. I bought this by mistake once and didn't use it because I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to use such a finely ground product. See how it says 25 lbs is equal to 40 lbs premium Oil-Dri? It probably would have been ok, but I didn't take the chance. The premium is what I use.
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My Oil-Dri is 100% calcium montmorillonite clay. But... the product that OP has is different. It's a *very* finely ground Oil-Dri. I bought this by mistake once and didn't use it because I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to use such a finely ground product. See how it says 25 lbs is equal to 40 lbs premium Oil-Dri? It probably would have been ok, but I didn't take the chance. The premium is what I use.
Ah, I was wondering why they have 2 different bags/products.
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Thanks for this info!! Yes, I've been following Hoppy's STS thread and liked how it looks. I did NOT notice that about the Oil-Dri bag I linked to, but I believe they have both at the local Ace Hardware. It's worth a look for me. I will be testing out in a 5.5 gallon...so if it turn to "yuck", at least it'll be an easy clean-out.
Thanks again, this is all really good information.
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I ended up dumping a lot out when we moved. Put a little bit in potting soil for my plants. If I remember correctly, I think I may have put some in a bucket of water, but I didn't observe for any length of time or do any tests. Would be interesting to see!

Edit: the finely ground product that is.

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https://www.acehardware.com/departme...rbents/1904887

This is the one I buy. Have had good luck with it, other than the expected pH and KH drop which I compensate for with small amounts of baking soda.
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Well, they were out of the fine powder version, so I went with normal. $4 for an 8lb bag (definitely more product than 8lb equivalent of gravel, though).
I like the color, but will have to make sure it clears well before I am sold on it. I rinsed a small amount in a strainer and tested in a large jar. Will see what it does in the 5-gallon later this afternoon.
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You can buy a flocculant to clear up the water if you want. I think seachem makes one.
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