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Old 07-07-2003, 08:45 PM   #1
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i was wandering if it is safe to use a diatom filter in a salt water tank or does it filter to much. and will the diatom powder effect the fish?
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Excellent question. Can't wait to see the replies.
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Hmm...I don't know. I'll bump it back to the top for you though. My first instinct is that it would be OK. These are typically used to polish water and I don't think you'd want to run it all the time.
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Old 07-08-2003, 11:46 AM   #4
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It can be used to polish the water but I do agree it should not be run continuously. The filter will not harm any of the animals but it will remove much of the planktonic life.

Why do you wish to run a diatom filter? If it's a algae problem, I would look to the cause, not something that clears the water. Typically the greatest contributor to diatoms is silicates.

The diatom powder being refered to is diatomaceous earth. Which is basically ground fossilized diatoms. Which can be used for filtration, pest control and metal polish.

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