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Re: DE filters

Jeff wrote:
>I wish I had a real purpose-built Diatom filter. That being said, Chuck, you
>did not mention the brand of your filter. Is it a Vortex?

and then Penny wrote:
>Chuck has a Vortex.

Yep, I have a Vortex D-1 (sorry I forgot to mention it).  It's the little 
one.  Most of the negative criticism I've heard about the Vortex is in 
regard to their construction.  The older Vortex filters had more metal and 
were built tough.  The newer ones like mine are made of a greater number of 
plastic parts which cheapens the appearance and, more importantly, makes 
the unit more fragile.  It has not caused any problems for me (knock on 
wood), but I'm pretty easy on my equipment.  I won't say it's an awe 
inspiring piece of engineering made of only the highest quality parts, it's 
a relatively typical piece of hobbyist level equipment, but I do think it's 
an extremely useful and well-enough built machine for what it costs.

Later on, Cameron wrote:
>I find mine to be terribly useful

My DE filter is like a narcotic...the more I use it the more I think I need 
it.  I can't see being without one anymore.  Just this weekend I had to 
totally remove a year's worth of plant growth from a ridiculously overgrown 
20 gallon with a soil-based substrate.  Between the soil, the plants' 
astronomical number of roots, and my dubious gardening skills, a huge and 
nasty mess was created.  I'll spare you the gory details, but suffice it to 
say that the tank is now fully replanted and has a sparkling clear water 
column thanks in large part to the DE.  I shudder to think of the hazy 
water I'd have had to deal with for days or longer if I hadn't had the DE 

>(just try not to tear the filter bag...
>as I found the hard way).

I ditto that warning.  I learned the hard way too...twice.


Chuck Huffine
Knoxville, Tennessee  USA
mailto:grendel at usit_net