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Step by Step Diatom Filter Setup!

Here's a follow up video how to set up the Vortex Diatom Filter.

New Mag Drive Retrofit Pumps for Vortex Diatom Filters

New magnetic drive pump assemblies to replace your existing model XL filter pumps.

Vortex Model XL Diatom Filter Magnetic Drive Retrofit Pump UPDATED!!!

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The Vortex XL Diatom Filter is hands down the best old school equipment I own.

Aquarium algae bloom removed with diatom filter

Time lapse of an algae bloom in a 65 galon aquarium tank being removed by the Vortex Diatom XL filter over a duration of 3 hours.

Latest News

  • Targeted drug delivery using genetically engineered diatom biosilica

    11/10/15 ,via Nature.com

    The diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana is genetically engineered to display an IgG-binding domain of protein G on the biosilica surface, enabling attachment of cell-targeting antibodies. Neuroblastoma and B-lymphoma cells are selectively targeted and

  • Vortex Spring started as diver's dream

    07/21/13 ,via Dothan Eagle

    He invented a pneumatic yoke used in diving and the diatom filter used in aquariums. In the 1950s, Dockery and his wife made a contribution to diving still used today the diver down flag. The red flag with a white diagonal stripe is used to alert

  • Are Hexagons Natural?

    10/27/15 ,via Discovery Institute

    Saturn's south pole also has a giant vortex, but not this polygonal shape. Space.com describes attempts to explain the feature: Some diatom species form free-standing hexagons in addition to the more common circles, triangles, squares, and

  • Invasive species compound toxic algae risk

    11/03/14 ,via Toledo Blade

    That includes tiny organisms, plant particles, and the many healthy, productive forms of algae known as diatoms that support the food chain for native fish. Invasive mussels also aren't fond of “In general, we tend to think of filter-feeders as

  • Not Exactly Rocket Science

    11/26/12 ,via Discover Magazine (blog)

    Journalist Will Storr recently documented a history of bungled attempts to create a safer cigarette, from one that passed the carcinogenic smoke through a filter made of another carcinogen – asbestos – to another that heated tobacco rather than burning


  • A Commonsense Guide to Fish Health

    Barron's Educational Series. 2017. ISBN: 0764113380,9780764113383. 138 pages.

    A constant concern among aquarium hobbyists is keeping their fish healthy and active. This book offers all the advice they'll need. It opens with discussion and advice on tank water chemistry--how to control it to produce an optimal environment for aquatic life. Other important topics explored in detail include fish nutrition, recognizing and treating fish diseases, and protecting fish against parasites, as well as bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. In addition to sound advice, readers...

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  • CRC Handbook of Mariculture

    CRC Press. 1993. ISBN: 0849302552,9780849302558. 544 pages.

    The Second Edition of the CRC Handbook of Mariculture provides an extensive comparison of marine shrimp culture techniques from around the world. This extensively revised and updated Second Edition focuses on growout systems that have contributed to the production success of shrimp farms and systems worldwide. Topics covered include methods for the culture and preparation of algae, rotifers, Artemia, and other foodstuffs for use in crustacean farms; recent developments on enriching larval...