Zeolites are hydrated aluminosilicate minerals and have a micro-porous structure. This unique group of naturally-occurring minerals has important basic physical and chemical properties and is often referred to as 'molecular sieves'.
Zeolites have a porous structure that can accommodate a wide variety of cations. These positive ions are rather loosely held and can readily be exchanged for others in a contact solution.
Zeolite structure is arranged in such a way that a honeycomb framework of a consistent diameter of interconnecting channels and pores is formed. The negatively charged alumina and neutrally charged silica tetrahedral building blocks are stacked to produce the open three-dimensional honeycomb framework. As a result of the unique structure,they are capable of physical and chemical properties suitable for wide-range industrial and commercial applications and are able to attract odors and gases and trap them safely and effectively in its crystalline structure.
Because of Zeolite's molecular composition, it has an incredible absorbent ability. Zeolites simply lock & hold many positive ions, absorb a multitude of environmental contaminants and also serve as a catalyst for various processes.
Major uses of Zeolite
Zeolite - Aquaculture
Zeolite can be broadcast over the surface of a pond to be effective in reducing ammonium. Its addition to ponds controls the growth of algae