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#491557 - 06/10/18 10:14 AM Is $150 per 50lbs fair for Aluminum sulfate?
Clay N' Pray Offline


Registered: 12/03/17
Posts: 194
Loc: Caswell co NC
Have not been able to find a local source.

My pond is .79 acres, clay, turbid in various degrees year round. Bucket test does not settle out. Suspended clay.

Have aeration and limed heavily last summer.

https://www.chemworld.com/Aluminum-Sulfate-p/4710.htm


Video of current visibility taken this weekend 6/8/2018, no rains for at least a week so things are settled.
https://youtu.be/c71t03ikKPw

These 5lb bags are $20 each.




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Edited by Clay N' Pray (06/10/18 04:33 PM)
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Half acre 30 year old farm pond, Mebane NC. Aeration & feeder.
LMB, CC, SC, BG, HBC, two no account welfare carp and nine seasonal Tilapia that all the other fish are terrified of.


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#491587 - 06/10/18 07:06 PM Re: Is $150 per 50lbs fair for Aluminum sulfate? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
gully washer Offline


Registered: 01/07/13
Posts: 329
Loc: Texas
That seems a bit steep. I priced some about 5 years ago. As I recall, the price at a garden store was about $1 per pound for a 5# bag, and the price at an Ag Chemical Co. was about 60 or 70 cents per pound for a 50# bag.

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#491589 - 06/10/18 07:13 PM Re: Is $150 per 50lbs fair for Aluminum sulfate? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
Clay N' Pray Offline


Registered: 12/03/17
Posts: 194
Loc: Caswell co NC
Someone please check my math.

.79 acres BOW. Average depth is 5 feet.

3.95 acre feet?

I see in the "alum kicks butt" thread where @Rainman states he seldom applies less than 200lbs per acre. Not sure if he means acre feet or surface acre.
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Half acre 30 year old farm pond, Mebane NC. Aeration & feeder.
LMB, CC, SC, BG, HBC, two no account welfare carp and nine seasonal Tilapia that all the other fish are terrified of.


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#491600 - 06/10/18 10:01 PM Re: Is $150 per 50lbs fair for Aluminum sulfate? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
Chris Steelman Offline

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Registered: 02/26/06
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Loc: Red River County,Tx
3.95 is correct.

Pretty sure it refers to the acre foot. Go to the grocery store and get a small container of alum and do a test. Iíll try and find a link that will help explain.

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#491602 - 06/10/18 10:30 PM Re: Is $150 per 50lbs fair for Aluminum sulfate? [Re: Clay N' Pray]
Chris Steelman Offline

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Registered: 02/26/06
Posts: 1827
Loc: Red River County,Tx
Read this article to figure out how much you need.


http://publications.tamu.edu/WATER/SCS-2013-02.pdf

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#491843 - 06/14/18 02:37 PM Re: Is $150 per 50lbs fair for Aluminum sulfate? [Re: Chris Steelman]
mglanham Offline


Registered: 11/04/16
Posts: 19
Loc: VA
I contacted Helena Chemical, they put me in touch with a local supplier. Today I had 2000 lbs of Alum Sulphate and 1000 lbs of Lime delivered to me by truck (2 pallets). My total cost was $1050. I paid $11 per 50 lb bag for the hydrated lime and $19 for the Alum.

It took me about a month and a half to track some down. I'm in VA.

You can buy a 1000 lbs from smith creek farm delivered for $1,000 or $50 a bag.

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