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Vortex Diatom Filter

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Vortex Diatom XL Filter Vortex Diatom Filter
Water polishing filter designed to filter water to an extremely pure state.

Vortex Diatom #D-1
For 10 to 80 gallon aquariums.

Vortex Diatom XL
For 10 to 220 gallon aquariums.

Vortex - Diatom Filter

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I have owned 2 of the Vortex filters during the last 25 years. This is a great finishing filter if you have several tanks. It removes all fine particle debris in a very short time. The Vortex is not meant to be used as a full time filter, and gets clogged and needs to be back flushed often. I recommend this filter for water polishing. I do not recommend it for full time filtering.

Contributed by Paul Braun
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About 33 years ago when I first started with tropical fish, I owned one of these filters. It was the only one capable of cleaning up a 570 liter Oscar tank. Since taking up fishkeeping again about 4 years ago, I have searched high and low for a diatom filter. I finally managed to buy one second hand, and it is absolutely the best filter available for cleaning a tank quickly or polishing your tank. Ideal to use, should you get attacked by the dreaded whitespot. The filtration is fine enough to remove the spores from the water. I wouldn't be without at least one.

Contributed by Alan Steadman
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The Vortex Diatom is one of the best products on the market for making your water crystal clear. It is designed to take all of the fine particles out of the water (down to 1 micron!). This takes out all of the parasites and funguses. It removes any stains, or clouding of your water. The fish seem to just float in space --it's so clear. Not to be used as a full-time filter, but move it from tank to tank and in a few minutes you can begin to see the difference. A great product, I've often wondered why other companies didn't make a similar product.

Contributed by Clyde Pullen
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I recently purchased a Vortex Diatom Freedom Filter and it works incredible! Pretty simple to use after priming it with the powder and getting the flow started. I have never seen my water that clear and it almost appears my fish are floating in air! You never realize how dirty your water is until you run one of these in it. My water "appeared" crystal clear but after a day, the diatom powder turned a brownish color and the results were amazing. I've also heard it will filter particles down to one micron in size so you can run it as an auxilary filter to prevent ick or any parasites. A great product for the price!

Contributed by Edward Jhee
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When I was active with aquariums 20 years ago I owned a Vortex Diatom filter that was an amazing piece of engineering. It worked beautifully for at least 6 years with no problems. When I recently got back into aquariums, I just had to have another Diatom filter. I found them on-line and ordered one. It worked just fine the first three times I used it, then it blew out the o-ring between the pump and the motor. I got to checking web sites and apparently this is a huge problem with the new Vortex's. They sell the replacement parts but haven't responded to my emails asking how to remove the impeller to install the new o-ring. They work great when they work, but they just don't make 'em like they use to!

Contributed by Tim Baker
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When I was active with aquariums 20 years ago I owned a Vortex Diatom filter that was an amazing piece of engineering. It worked beautifully for at least 6 years with no problems. When I recently got back into aquariums, I just had to have another Diatom filter. I found them on-line and ordered one. It worked just fine the first three times I used it, then it blew out the o-ring between the pump and the motor. I got to checking web sites and apparently this is a huge problem with the new Vortex's. They sell the replacement parts but did not respond to my emails asking how to remove the impeller to install the new o-ring. They work great when they work! But they just don't make 'em like they use to!

Update: I would like to amend a review I left here in reference to the Vortex D-1 diatom filter. In that review I basically said; Great filter but no customer support from Vortex! I received an email from Vortex today stating that they were sending me the instructions AND PARTS to repair my D-1. I stand corrected. With customer support like this I highly recommend the Vortex D-1 as a filter you can count on. In this world of (disposible everything) It is good to know there is a company willing to stand behind their product and help fix it.

Contributed by Tim Baker

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