ZeoSand is made from the minerals that you are present in volcanic rock, called zeolites. These particles feature an honeycomb structure giving ZeoSand much more sirface area as compared to regular sand.
Zeo sand also has a much lower density than regular sand and because the particles rest against each other in a certain manner, you will use about half as much ZeoSand compared to regular sand.
Here are a few facts about ZeoSand:
- All natural product and Eco-friendly
- Uses Molecular sieving to get rid of bacteria
- Filters out particles as small as 2-5 microns
- Traps ammonia ions that create chloramine reducing chlorine smell
- Requires about half as much backwashing as regular sand
ZeoSand Vs Silica Sand/Ruby Sand
Zeosand lasts the same as sand and has no reaction to any pool chemiclals. Also, Zeo is roughly half the density so you can use 100 lbs instead of 200 lbs of sand. It does work well when used instead of common sand (CHECK ON AMAZON), but there are people who still end up having significant problems.
Some other people have also argued that even though it works, it doesn’t do anything that would justify the additional expense compared to regular filter sand.
ZeoSand vs Zeolite
From experience, ZeoSand doesn’t have clay compared to other zeolites that at times may contain high elements of clay. This clay can trigger extended backwashing times and a breakdown of the filter bed in rare cases.
When installed correctly, ZeoSand provides a 2-5 micron filtration (DE quality) compared to sand 30-50 micron. It lasts the same as sand and has no reaction to any pool chemicals. Through research we have discovered that to filter correctly zeolites prefer a calcium level over 225. ZeoSand is NSF/ANSI 50 and 61 (for drinking water filtration). It is a eco-friendly/green product.
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ZeoSand vs Sand
Standard sand is #20 grade silica sand and is easily accessible, and cheap. It’s maintenance and cleaning is easy too and do a wonderful job at cleaning your water.
- Filters out particles as small as 20-40 microns
- Maintenance is simple
ZeoSand vs Glass Filter Media
Glass filter media (SHOP ON AMAZON) is better in my opinion since it does super filtering for better water clarity and lasts longer. It also requires less cleaning, saves chemical and water costs. Plus, it is environmental friendly,
The best glass filter media in the USA is Activate from Dryden Aqua (manufacturers). They are available on Amazon or you can look on Youtube for US distributors.
Why is Activate so Much Better?
From experience, I suffered little tiny cuts from the fine shards of other glass filters. The area that suffers the most is where between my fingers where the skin is thinner but this never happened with Activate.
Also, Activate glass media is treated in a unique way to activate the surface to attract and absorb particles which are then washed away with the backwash. The surface of the activated glass will not support bacteria so it is self-sterilizing. The issue with sand and non-activated glass is that it will foster the growth of bacteria and that leads to clumping and channeling that allows a path for unfiltered water to pass through the filter back into the pool.
ZeoSand Vs DE
ZeoSand gives DE-like clarity with your already existing swimming pool sand filter – simply replace sand with ZeoSand. DE is more expensive to buy but are the most effective.