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Diatomaceous Earth Filters - More Info Please - DIY?

Hi All,

Are these filter types any good?

Why run one?

What brands and types are there?

Any DIY options here

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I use a Vortex Diatom filter for polishing my water and if/when I get "green water" as they remove particles down to 1 micron. DIY? doubt it.

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Good for what? Cleaning up debris/GW? Depends...but yes.

Clear GW, debris, polish water.

Vortex, you can use a Magnum HOT or 350 w/ the micron cartridge + DE powder.

Not that I know of.
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Cost?

Hi - What should I pay for a Vortex XL?

Any Good places to buy online (I am in Australia)

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I've been curious about DE filters as well, since I am setting up a couple larger tanks I've heard the water clearity becomes more important as your looking through more of it. Are all of these large duty ones like the Vortex XL designed just for occasional use? Do you have to take it all apart and clean it out every time? I'd be looking for water polishing and something that doesnt need a lot of fiddling.
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Im struggling to find anyone in the UK who can supply a diatom filter Im running to filstar XP3s and a Vecton UVC but figure i may as well throw a Diatom into the mix to make it as crystal clear as possible.
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I've been curious about DE filters as well, since I am setting up a couple larger tanks I've heard the water clearity becomes more important as your looking through more of it. Are all of these large duty ones like the Vortex XL designed just for occasional use? Do you have to take it all apart and clean it out every time? I'd be looking for water polishing and something that doesnt need a lot of fiddling.
I use my diatom occasionally. With the Vortex, you can get the backflush adapter that lets you clean the filter quickly. Once you learn how to prime the filter with the DE filter, it's quite simple to setup.
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The magnum/magnum HOT are designed for continuous use.
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If I see a Vortex XL for 40 bucks, should I jump on it?

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