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A good sloution instead of a diatom filter
- To: <Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com>
- Subject: A good sloution instead of a diatom filter
- From: Thomas Barr <tcbiii at earthlink_net>
- Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 19:23:05 -0700
- In-reply-to: <200205241948.g4OJm1M20700 at acme_actwin.com>
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Why not simply use those under sink 19.99$ filters they sell at Home Depot
and slap a 5 micron filter cartridge in there. 30$ or less. No mess, cheap
filter cartridges(they also sell smaller micro sizes on line etc - 1 micron
etc) just hooks right up to good sized filter/powerhead output etc.
Some PVC on the return from a larger system with a ball valve allows quick
polishing of water anything and they take about 1 minute to change the
cartridge. Or a simple hang on using the PVC and a pump for temporary set
I used one for a main pre filter at 50 microns for a 135 gallon tank for a
number of years and it worked great. For green water and detritus clean ups,
this should do as well as the Diatoms.
You can use the pleated 20 micron sized 9 3/4" and add diatom powder if you
System one's are nice but dang, +100$ ? Diatom's 70+$ and the other are just
as bad. A nice UV in the 8 watt range goes from 50-85$.
Another idea is the bag filters they use on Berlin style systems. These work
great in a sump set up or a gravity fed system. They are micron rated also
or you can sew your own from the filter pads.
No noise ideas that work.