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Old 12-20-2004, 06:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What filter would you recommend in order to remove silica? I have been looking at the Vortex models, but I am not sure this will be the right item to purchase. I may just need to change out my filter pads more often, but it is still not crystal clear.

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What filter would you recommend in order to remove silica? I have been looking at the Vortex models, but I am not sure this will be the right item to purchase. I may just need to change out my filter pads more often, but it is still not crystal clear.

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Silica specifically, or just particulates in the water? A diatom filter is just about the best thing out there for putting the sparkle into your water. Once you get the really fine particles out your filter pads can do their job at collecting the bigger ones.
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I am removing silica and small particles that the filter pads just are not getting. Which diatom filter would you recommend?
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How big is your tank. I have a Vortex Freedom Filter, which is their smallest model, that I bought when I set up my 40g tank. I bought it mainly because it came with the rechage valves. But if I had to do it over I would forget about the valves (they don't work too well, BTW) and get the XL model instead. Now that I have a 125g tank the larger capacity of the XL would come in handy.

Both Big Al's and That Fish Place have it for $98. The smaller D-1 is ~$70.
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Sorry, I left that out. 120 Gallon

I am actually looking at the XL.
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Yeah, that's a good choice. And don't bother buying any of Vortex's DE. Just go out to a pool supply place and buy it in bulk...usually 25# for about $12.

The one thing that you may want to get is the Vortex SuperChar which is a super fine activated carbon powder for use with the diatom filters.
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There's no doubt that the XL does a wonderful job polishing the water, but does it actually remove silica/silicate?
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