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    APS with Zeolite ok?

    I have been meaning to try APS as a medium for my MexiPings for a long time. Oddly enough, the local Lowe's, Home Depot, etc don't carry it.
    A lot of the APS I am finding online has zeolite mixed in it. Is this an issue?

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    I used zeolite when raising tropical and temperate fish. It absorbs ammonia, can be "recharged" (ammonia stripped away) by soaking in salt water.
    Not sure what the PH is though.
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    No issue at all. I have been using it for many years with no ill effects. I usually mix in equal portions of well rinsed oyster shell and sometimes perlite depending on species and past experience.
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    I have used zeolite in aquariums too, but just have seen little mention of it as part of a ping mix. I was surprised to see it in all the APS, but I guess it makes sense.
    It is good to know that it seems to have no ill effect when used in a ping mix.
    I did find a Turface distributor, about a 2 hour drive away.

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    According to this wikipedia entry zeolite is a source of potassium:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeolite#Agriculture
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    Just wondering... what is APS?

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    Aquatic Plant Soil, usually refers to products made from sintered Fuller's earth and similar clays.
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    You are probably referring to PondCare brand APS,
    I've used it without issue, overpriced but good stuff.... and the actual amount of zeolite is minimal, more for marketing value imho

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