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ok i got some diatom powder. i have a regent aquatech 200 canister filter which is the same as a magnum h.o.t. they look exactly the same anyway. but how can i put the powder in the canister without it all just washing out? what could i put it in to keep it inside the filter? i need some help quickly i am too impatient to wait on my green water to clear. HELP!!
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Usually you'll need to have a cartridge that has a fine enough weave to trap the diatom powder and allow it to form a coating. With the Magnum filters you'd use the diatom powder in combination with the micron cartridge, so you'd need to find the equivelant of Magnums micron cartridge to use with your Aquatech.

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Dogg76,

I haven't used your particular filter, but I can give you the general idea. First, you put in a pleated paper filter with pores that are finer than the diatom powder. You add the powder to the canister filter and shake it gently to mix the diatom powder, then turn on the filter while the diatom powder is still in suspension. The diatom powder gets sucked up against and forms a layer all over the paper filter. The diatoms have extremely fine pores all over their surface, so you have essentially created an "ultra-fine filter" by sucking the diatoms against the coarser paper filter. This "scrubs" or "polishes" the water by removing even the tiniest particles.

You probably know this, but just to be certain...

A diatom filter is only used for a short while to remove very fine sediment, algae, etc. from the tank water. Because the diatom pores are so tiny, they will clog pretty quickly, so you don't want to use diatom powder as your regular filtering media.

I hope this answered your question!!!


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ok i got some diatom powder. i have a regent aquatech 200 canister filter which is the same as a magnum h.o.t. they look exactly the same anyway. but how can i put the powder in the canister without it all just washing out? what could i put it in to keep it inside the filter? i need some help quickly i am too impatient to wait on my green water to clear. HELP!!
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