[center:1134729b5a]Step by step instruction how to use Magnum 350 as diatom filter
[center:1134729b5a] Article and Photos By Jay Luto
I run my Magnum 350 w/ micron cartridge on daily basis and once in a while w/ diatom powder. It works great as for as polishing water and amazingly for Algae blooms. I had Algae Bloom in one of my planted tanks few years back and it was gone after 2 hours of Magnum filtration. It's also excellent for initial setup where Flourite is used and "cloudy water/new tank" is present.
This is my tank at initial stages with Flourite present. Don't you love that cloudiness
This picture is 1 hour later.
Here is a step by step explanation on how to use Magnum 350 for diatomic filtration.
1. You take your Mag 350 and fill it with regular water up to the line and you buy Vortex diatom earth powder (could be purchased in swimming pool store).
2. You take about 1 cup of diatom earth powder.
3. You dump the powder into the cansiter.
4. Now the tricky part. Place some type of container inside the tank so you could place your IN/OUT tubes inside that container.
Reason: Although powder is not harmfull to fish you don't want it floating in your tank.
Just wait till filter is done priming ---> powder is sticking to micron cartridge and then take that container out.
5. Final setup of Mag 350
Originally posted by Jay Luto on 4/11/03
at Aquabotanic original thread