Had a container of water then added the 1/2 cup of DE powder. Stuck the intake and outflow tubes into the container and ran the filter until the water turned clear. Then I just turned off the quick disconnects, moved the intake and outflow to my tank, then turned the quick disconnects back on.
It's clearing up, but much more slowly than others have reported...or maybe my tank just has a really bad case of green water? Or does the filter not work well since it's used? Too much DE powder?...etc.
Just cleaned it out. Seems like I had a *lot* of DE powder. Checked the filter. No tear. Just moved all the gaskets around and checked them. Started it up again with 1/4 cup of DE powder this time. We'll see what happens!
I have two gaskets on top of the micron catridge where the lid attaches, one underneath the cartridge, and one small one for the return tube to the outflow.
no, i don't think. lol. just a big mess and PITA. if you have a canister filter, i'd recommend just using some tubing and mounting that SOB in your stand. much easier. when you're ready to use, plug it up and go.
"Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions." - Jurassic Park
Figure this might go better in the Equipment forum. If any mods see this, can you please move it?
I figure if the gaskets are leaking or something and the water is bypassing the micron cartridge, I'd get diatom powder leaking into the tank, but I don't...so I doubt it's a torn filter or leaky gasket...right?
Nice aren't they--when it works I've been using a Vortex Freedom for a few years for spot cleaning or when I really dig around...never had GW (knock on wood)...for that you need to find the root cause rather than employing a temporary solution. These filters (like a UV) are a luxary...not a necessity.