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I\'ve used other diatom filters in the past, but this is by far the best of them.

This filter could hardly be easier to operate. Among other things, mine has helped me clear detritus and minute laterite particles stirred up from rescaping. I have been very satisfied with how it has performed.

The filter I received came with a flimsy plastic jar that was very difficult to remove and cracked while I was unscrewing it after only a few uses. A vastly superior glass jar is also available and does not present any problems.

The instruction booklet recommends applying some petroleum jelly to the rim of the jar before each use to create a better seal. Always do that! It may also be necessary to attach some masking tape to the spot where the filter element attaches to assure a snug fit.

My only real gripe is that the water returns to the tank in a rather turbulent fashion. Some tinkering may be required to alleviate that issue.

ProsEase of use, portability, effectiveness
Consturbulent water return, plastic jar
Would you recommend?yes
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