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Re: Diatom Filters -Vortex vs System 1 vs H2O Changes
Scott H wrote:
>First let me say in all sincerity that I am honored to be corrected by,
>much less in the same thread as, the likes of Neil Frank. So I should
>probably just clam up now.
Please dont think I am an expert on everything, much less the SYSTEM I. I
just have mine a long time and really like it.
>If I was you and I had what Neil said on the one hand [ "I still say
>it is one of the best aquarium devices I have ever purchased. Of
>course, I may have a different motor than the one currently used."] and
>what Scott H. said on the other hand -- no doubt, I'd go with Neil.
For anyone else that has the system I, here is what my 12+ year old motor
Ser. 35ZB 55299R mod JAIM154N#...1.0A 3000RPM 1/45 HP .. Thermally protected.
I still have the box, but no directions. Nothing about a warning, but could
be something that was added later.
>Neil said he was unaware of the 40-hour warning. I was too until I
>read the instructions -- I thought there should have been some prior
I probably would not have read the instructions anyway.:-)
> To compensate for that, I suppose
>one could get faster results with larger amounts of DE in the Vortex.
I tried this and it doesn't help the Vortex.
>> I dont think the DE filters are substitutes for water changes. Diatom
>> filters are used to primarily remove SUSPENDED particulate or
>> algae. ,,,,,,
>I'm at a loss on this point -- won't water changes remove what's
>suspended as well as what's dissolved in the replaced water?
Of course water changes will remove a proportional amount of suspended
junk. Water changes will only remove a small amount. A cloudy or green
water tank is still hazy even with 90% of the suspended stuff removed. IMO,
you have to remove 99.99... % to get it to be crytal clear. This is
difficult with water changes alone.
>If I ever get a fix for the noise problem, maybe I'll resurrect that
>System One and not be afraid to run it four, I mean for, hours on end
>without a problem.
Mine is noisy too! But my wife tells me to close the door to the aquarium
room with either the Vortex _or_ System I running.