re: [Hardware] RO vs. DI & what about diatom?
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Subject: re: [Hardware] RO vs. DI & what about diatom?
From: "shaji (s.) bhaskar" <bhaskar at bnr_ca>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 1995 10:35:00 -0400
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> From: Matthew William Mengerink <mengerin at cs_utexas.edu>
> Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 16:33:20 -0500
> Subject: [Hardware] RO vs. DI & what about diatom?
> Further, do plant people here use the diatom filters and if so,
> how and why do they like them? If not, why not?
I'm blessed with very soft water, so I don't know much about RO & DI.
I used my Magnum 220 as a diatom filter for a while. Diatom filtration
has its advantages - the biggest being that the file-leaved plants
like Limnophila (Ambulia) don't get their leaves smothered in detritus.
I used to run the diatom filter continuously. Cleaning and replacing the
micron cartridges eventually became a nuisance, so I went back to regular
filtration. If you run the filter for just a couple of hours every day,
you may not have a problem.