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Old 11-30-2004, 10:23 AM   #1
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diatom filter

I finally got a diatom filter (about 2 weeks ago). Every time I use it, I get a cloud of diatomaceous earth in my tank. If I had 3 hands, it wouldn't happen, but alas I only have 2.

Anyways, I only run the thing about once a week and I just wanted to make sure that diatomaceous earth is safe for my fish. The packaging says that it is 100% safe for them, I just want to hear from other aquarists about the matter.
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What diatom filter do you have? Usually, you can stick a pitcher in your tank and run the inlet and outlets in the pitcher for a few minutes. Then the cloud end up in the pitcher and when that clears up, you remove the pitcher and clean the tank.
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Old 11-30-2004, 10:47 AM   #3
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Here's what I do with mine deli-conker. I fill the filter with tap water first (and I mean fill). Then I attach the intake hose to the outflow and turn the diatom on. I wait until I can see that all the diatomocious powder has adhered to the micron filter pad. Then I very carefully undo the outlow and intake connections in the tank, below the water level. This has never given me a problem.

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I have this filter

Connecting the two together seems the most prudent for my setup. I'll have to find a straight through connector for my hoses. Thanks for the idea. I'll let you know how it all turns out...
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