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Old 11-21-2005, 03:57 AM   #1
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Diatom filter...best thing since the Python!

Whoever invented this thing gets all my kudos! Really, it was the best $80 I spent on my tanks, second only to the Python.

I heard so much about how difficult a diatom filter is to set up, operate, and clean. It really wasn't such a big deal. I made a photo essay about the setup and operation - take a look!

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Here are before and after pics of my 58 gal tank!
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Old 11-21-2005, 08:13 AM   #2
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I agree. It's a very serious tool to have. I like to use mine for 20 minutes or so after a gravel vac or water change.
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Old 11-21-2005, 08:26 AM   #3
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Wow, that only took 30 minutes? Amazing. Is $80 pretty typical price for it, or did you get a good deal somewhere?
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That's incredible.
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I use a Magnum H.O.T. with diatom powder. Works not quite as fast but was cheaper. One can get a Magnum for about $40.00 plus shipping.
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That's incredible.
I agree.. what an amazing difference.
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yep.. DE filters way down to like 1 micron.. its killer stuff.. 8) 8)

I dont understand the "dificult" argument to any filter myself.. good greef.. do the HOB's self prime now.. LOL
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btw... QTOFFER.. if you get to using the Vortex very often.. like Brian does his tanks weekly.. you should consider a bag of DE that they sell for pool filters.. MUCH cheaper then the stuff in the little packets and its the same suff.. :P

the one at work said Diatomius Earth on the bag.. HTH
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Wow, that's incredible! 8O
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Wow, what an unbelievable difference! 8) I wouldn't have expected such dramatic results from an $80 investment.
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