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Silicate Removal - Parts list needed

Hi Guys,

I am going to build a silicate inline filter. Can you guys help me a come up with a parts list where I can build this device into a Python water change system? (barb sizes, quick disconnects, etc.).

Thanks for helping me to brainstorm this!

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Is silicate a problem and how would you go about it except run it through a Reverse Osmosis?


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IMO...
The hype about silicates being the cause or a contributing factor of Diatom(brown) algae
is not very credible when you consider that about 30-40% of the thousands of tanks on this forum have sand as a substrate and don't have brown algae in them.
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A large percentage of local tap waters have some silicate in them. So, not only do many people have silica sand substrates and no brown algae problems, also many people have silicates in the tap water they use, and also have no brown algae problems. I think it is pretty common to have some brown algae with newly set up tanks, but that algae seems to always go away after a few months.

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I'm up for the brain storm for most any reason!!!
But then I'm also not up on how to remove silicates. I am pretty well up on DIY and small plumbing but not on where and how. Before we talk you out of it, what do you have in mind?
It's not like there is any shortage of wasted digits on forums , so tell us what's the thinking so far?
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I'm up for the brain storm for most any reason!!!
But then I'm also not up on how to remove silicates. I am pretty well up on DIY and small plumbing but not on where and how. Before we talk you out of it, what do you have in mind?
It's not like there is any shortage of wasted digits on forums , so tell us what's the thinking so far?
Simple, just a housing filter that contains a a DI resin cartridge for silicate removal. To be used during the fill-up phase of a water change. IOTWs, I want to be able to plumb the silicate section into the python when it's time to add water.

This brown algae thing is never going to resolve itself until I abate the silicate source (my tap water) to some degree.

Thanks for the help!
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Okay, got some ideas. Want to add this at times but remove at other times?
I was in need of some way to extend tubing as I have tanks near my reserve water as well as in other rooms. Maybe a use that could work for you? For a reliable system to take my fill tubing apart, I used CPVC pipe fittings. Plastic pipe, something like PVC. A union fitting can be screwed together by hand and is easy to unscrew when not needed.

This is a quick "top of the head" thought and can likely be improved if it sounds like the right track.

My setup lays out like this:

Tubing adapter to threaded fitting glued to small piece of pipe, glued to one portion of the union. The ring to tighten and the faucet washer for the seal. This then mates up with the second portion of the union.

Using unions if needed but go simple with a threaded cap if the entire tube end can be rotated enough to unscrew at a fitting?
Getting any where close to something that might work?

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I would not attempt to run this through the python. a) More chance of leaks, b) low dwell time.

Here is how I would do this:
1) Fill a garbage can with the new water the night before a water change (or longer).
2) Run a filter on this garbage can for however long it takes to treat the water. If you have several treatments in mind you could set up a canister filter with different media in each basket. If it is just the one resin, then a small filter, any HOB would work. You can add an aquarium heater to this to keep the water warm.
3) Use a fountain pump to fill the tank.
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