Ok... LONG POST!
Originally Posted by newfound77951
I am waiting for my D1 to arrive from Big Al's. No improvement on the 55 with other methods (including UV
) so i figured it was worth the money. Plus they were on sale!
I can't wait to post before and after pics....none of you will believe how green my tank is. I have 2" visibility max!
Ha! You won't be disappointed at all. I am surprised that a UV
didn't take care of it though... Anyway, I totally know that feeling. The "pea soup" style meanie greenies...
I've attached a shot of the tank before the blackout (that I mentioned in the original post) as well as a shot of the filter doing its thing. Note that between the two photos a blackout was done (which did NOT cure the problem) as well as 2 large water changes. So this is NOT a direct before/after comparison. I will note that in the clear picture a few things can be observed...
1.) Pretty much anything that you can see that looks like it is in the water column is actually something on the glass. Yes, the water was clearer that the glass at this point. 8O
Water also started out a nice shade of "Ice Tea" due to tannins from newly added driftwood. I guess I never thought about it or never realized that tannins would be filterable, but sure enough the "Ice Tea" color transfered from the tank water into the diatom powder.
2.) The whiteish stuff on the surface of the water is actually bubbles that come out of the D-1's exhaust. Explanation can be found on Vortex's site in the FAQs:
Oxygen molecules are on the order of 4 Angstroms is size and are unfilterable in the general sense of the word. The Diatom will not filter out the oxygen, in fact it actually reduces carbon dioxide levels in the aquarium because of the speed of the impeller (3,000 R.P.M.). Dissolved gases are liberated and allowed to escape at an accelerated rate.
3.) Yes, those blurs are my fish. Photo was taken using a barstool as a makeshift tripod (note to self, buy cheapo tripod) and no flash with high exposure time.
I will note that Vortex gets a "dismal" rating from me in the documentation department. Other than that, I couldn't be happier with this purchase. I used this link that QTOFFER had posted with a photo series of the setup that you can reference if you need to. (Thanks QTOFFER, these shots helped confirm what I was doing was right!) http://community.webshots.com/album/509004274PoRAHg
You'll really love it, Newfound... Do be sure to take before/after shots. We'd love to see it! Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions.