rock4xfab wrote:just finished building my table.. And knowing the KOAL WAS NO LONGER IN BUSINESS, I found anther place that sells it, but was still very interested in alternative water table treatment knowing there had to other ways. So while making an inquiry on cnczone a gentleman chimed in with soda ash ( sodium bicarbonate) ARM AND HAMMER so i did some research and ended up mixing it up. Formula is .5 pound for 20 gallons of water. So I added some food grade green die also to make it look good too.
there you have it also for those wanting to know how much water your table my hold here is the formula for that.
W" x L" x H" /231= gallons
Hey there, new to this forum and have to say it has been helpful.
I am interested how and if this solution worked for you? Also, I caught that you had written sodium bicarbonate, which is, baking soda... sodium carbonate is soda ash. it is interesting the the difference between the two is hydrogen molecules. so, bicarbonate can be converted to carbonate by simply baking out the hydrogen element. With a quick google search upon entering 'sodium carbonate and rust' alot of of home electrolysis information came up. This has me wondering: A. could this work? and B. Is it dangerous? There are warnings out there of heated aluminum and sodium carbonate creating an explosion.. I don't know to what degree this could be. luckily i am working with steel.
i'd like to try this out first before going into sodium nitrite/physan 20 as soda ash is relatively inexpensive and easy to get (mcmaster). Also, this seems simpler as it is essentially off the shelf detergent.
the table i am currently working on has about 100 gallons so i will try out the .5 lbs to 20 gallons formula.
I WILL report back with my findings.