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April
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Username: jumpingtadpoles

Post Number: 1293
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 12:28 am:       

Does anyone use them? Are they as good as they say, able to even remove ich from the tank? Just wondering....
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flyingfish
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Username: flyingfish

Post Number: 211
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 08:58 pm:       

I have a Vortex Diatom filter. The "Model XL".
I am very happy with it. It works miracles.

It requires more work then a typical filter. I only run it for the polishing effect and during gravel vacs. My tanks are crystal clear and stay that way because this filter is part of my maintenance plan.

Plant debris and gravel vacs make the water in my 18" wide tanks cloudy quickly and this filter is my fix for that. I leave mine in over night and wake up to crystal clear water.

It also helps with water changes. I use the filter to pump out the water to be changed or just take the intake out of the tank and let gravity work its magic into a bucket.

Can you have crystal clear tanks without a DE filter? Sure!

Yes, DE filters will capture ICH. The filter media, which is the diatom powder, is small enough to filter out those little buggers.
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russ
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Username: rasaqua

Post Number: 3877
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 09:51 pm:       

I concur. I've used a Vortex Filter for 20 years (actually the same one) on and off as Flyingfish indicated. There is a component that comes with the filter for back-flushing, that cleans the filter.
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larry
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Username: gomezaddams

Post Number: 723
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 11:25 pm:       

I had one years ago and it was great.Used it the same way,moved it from tank to tank polishing water.Great product I would absolutely buy another one if I saw one for sale.
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