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Thread: Vortex D-1 Diatom Filter
12-24-2012, 07:02 PM #1
Vortex D-1 Diatom Filter
My grand dad just gave me one of these out of his attic. I think it's freakin cool. He said he bought it around 1976. I'll attach some pictures below. Also, the cord was broken so we removed the patch and threw it away. Should I keep the original cord or replace it with a new one? It still works fine.
Pictures are being difficult, I'll post in another reply in one second. My main question, is it valuable in any way? Be it monetary or practical.
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12-24-2012, 07:10 PM #2
Replace it definitely. Old wiring can be problematic.><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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12-24-2012, 07:14 PM #3
I don't know anything about that filter but my theory on power supplies to equipment in close proximity to water  is that it should be done right, & More than right when possible.
If it's dodgy in any way [And it's age may qualify here], Have someone who knows what they're doing replace it.
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12-24-2012, 07:18 PM #4
Thanks guys! Will do. If these prove to be good filters I'll pay to have it done professionally. Or if it's worth something as a collectible.Coastie-to-be... hopefully.
12-24-2012, 07:31 PM #5
Vortex diatom filters can last a long time and they do an amazing job of polishing the water. Polishing as in really, really, really clean. This is a filter meant to run hours, not days.
New, start at about $90. and parts are still available for almost every model made.
If the cord is bad, the motor probably needs oiling too.
As other has said, either replace the cord at the motor, properly, or cut it off and trash the filter. Properly used, you aren't likely to get the motor wet, but no one does everything properly all the time.
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12-24-2012, 07:37 PM #6
That's awesome. Thank you very much. Pictures won't upload. They don't seem necessary anyways:pCoastie-to-be... hopefully.
12-24-2012, 08:36 PM #7
Diatom filters crush other filters and media when it comes to polishing water in the aquarium
12-24-2012, 09:01 PM #8
from what I've read on the forum, most everyone here has trouble from time to time with diatom ... yet this is the first time I've heard of this filter. Since I don't seem to be able to keep ottos alive :o( and phisoban (sp) has not been 100% effective, I'm really curious about this filter.
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12-25-2012, 12:49 AM #9
12-27-2012, 12:24 AM #10
0Originally Posted by fishmommie
While it will filter out diatom algae from the water, it won't do anything to reduce the nutrient load on the tank. Which promotes the diatom algae growth.