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#492116 - 06/18/18 04:01 PM Re: Alum Kicks Clay Butt! [Re: Rainman]
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Loc: St Louis, MO area
Try a farm co-op and get AlSO4 aluminum sulfate (Iron content does NOT matter)...400 pounds of alum and 200 pounds of Hydrated Lime (Calcium Hydroxide) will make sure it clears. Almost every "city water" treatment plant has used alum at one time or another to clear drinking water...it's safe.

Turn off your aeration while treating and leave it off overnight after treating...apply the alum slurry first, followed by the hydrated lime application...


#493728 - 07/14/18 08:28 AM Re: Alum Kicks Clay Butt! [Re: Rainman]
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Registered: 03/08/05
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A post by mglanham showing some results.

Here is an update on my pond progress. On Sunday, I mixed 700lbs of Alum in trash cans with a trolling motor. I threw half of it from shore and the other half from a boat. I also did the hydrated lime. I only treated one half of the pond, but there was a good wind which I believe carried the Alum to the other side of the pond. When I was finished I noticed absolutely no difference.......I left thinking I hadn't applied enough.

I returned three days later to check on things and the second picture shows you what I saw.

Edited by ewest (07/14/18 08:41 AM)

#493906 - 07/18/18 02:48 PM Re: Alum Kicks Clay Butt! [Re: Rainman]
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Registered: 05/09/14
Posts: 116
Loc: Springfield MO area
what an amazing transformation!
1 acre pond.

#494815 - Yesterday at 10:02 AM Re: Alum Kicks Clay Butt! [Re: Rainman]
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Registered: 08/12/18
Posts: 1
Loc: MI
With a one year old Black Lab that makes several trips a day in our small (clay soil) pond is there any chance Alum will help our pond stay clearer? I guess what I'm asking is, does Alum have a lasting affect or does it work once and when the water gets stirred up again it's done. Thanks!

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