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Old 02-26-2007, 06:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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When you run the magnum as a diatom filter all that is inside is
1. Pleated micron filter
2. Plastic tube that goes inside the micron filter to keep it from crushing
3. Diatom powder
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:35 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Something to add about any diatom filter--it's not a good idea to let it sit for hours unused and then use it again without cleaning it out. The bacteria caught in it can go into anerobic activity and start converting nitrates (not too bad of stuff) into nitrites very, very bad stuff).

Had I seen the Magnum at that low a price I might have considered it when I bought my System One diatom filter. It looks a bit more complicated to use (not much), but not nearly as complicated as the Vortex, and it looks like it can be used for regular filtration, too, something the System One isn't designed to do. That price link at Drs. Foster & Smith showed it sells for a decent price, too!
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One thing the Vortex has over all of the others, even though I don't like the thing, is that the flow through it is phenomenal! And the intake and output port design is better than what Ive seen on the others, too. Great flow, and the intake is spread out over a larger area to cut down on the local suction. This is good for smaller fish. You might have to add screen with tiny fish, though, as I do with the System One.
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Shelly and I both enjoyed the presentation and are looking forward to setting up NPT's some time soon.
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I enjoyed it as well!

Sorry for the delay in posting and thanks again to Sean and his family for hosting this meeting
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