Diatomaceous earth is the fossilized remains of diatoms. It is a soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It has a particle size ranging from less than 3μm to more than 1mm, but typically 10 to 200μm. Depending on the granularity, this powder can have an abrasive feel, similar to pumice powder, and has a low density as a result of its high porosity. The typical chemical composition of oven-dried diatomaceous earth is 80 to 90% silica, with 2 to 4% alumina (attributed mostly to clay minerals) and 0.5 to 2% iron oxide. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. Each deposit of diatomaceous earth is different, with varying blends of pure diatomaceous earth combined with other natural clays and minerals.
Diatomaceous earth is one of the oldest and most effective filtration media in existence. This filter is a great way to keep your fish tank clean without harming the environment or your expensive fish.
Diatomaceous earth has been used as a filtration medium since the 1800s. It’s made from fossilized diatoms, which are tiny, hard-shelled algae that were abundant in ancient oceans. When they die, they sink to the bottom of the ocean and are buried under layers of sediment. Over time, these tiny organisms form a layer more than 200 million years old. This filter works by trapping dirt particles while allowing healthy water to pass through it. The filter uses gravity to its advantage; any water that goes through it will flow down into an external reservoir where it can be reused or drained away.
Description of Diatomaceous Earth Aquarium Filter
A Diatomaceous Earth Aquarium Filter is an excellent filter for your fish tank. It can be used to remove debris and other particles, as well as clean the water. It’s even safe enough to be used by humans in certain situations.
How does it work? The diatomaceous earth comes in fine powder form, but when you put water into the filter, it will get pushed through a mesh and break up into smaller pieces. This makes the diatomaceous earth much easier for your fish to eat. Since they have a hard time digesting larger food items, this is ideal for those with delicate stomachs or who are picky eaters (like my goldfish). In addition, since there is less waste floating around at the surface of your tank due to these smaller particles being eaten up very quickly by fish–you won’t need as much cleaning from algae/algae buildup.
Types of Diatomaceous Earth Aquarium Filter
Diatomaceous earth filters are a special type of filter that uses the diatomaceous earth (Earth) to remove debris from aquarium water.
There are several different kinds of diatomaceous earth filters. Some work by using pressure to push water through the media while others rely on gravity and an electric pump to move the water through it.
Diatomaceous Earth Filter Types
1 – Media Type: The most common type is a filter that uses sand as its filtering medium, but there are also other options such as crushed coral or even peat moss. Each has its own pros and cons, which we’ll discuss later in this article.
2 – Method of Water Flow: Another key difference between these types is how they pull out impurities from your aquarium’s water supply; some use pumps while others rely on the force of gravity alone since they’re placed at an angle with respect to where they enter your tank (or sump).
Specifications of Diatomaceous Earth Aquarium Filter
- Size: The Diatomaceous Earth Aquarium Filter is a 12.5-inch x 8-inch x 7.5-inch cylinder that can be tucked away in the back of your aquarium stand or cabinet. It has a 3/4-inch inlet and outlet, so it’s easy to connect to an aquarium pump or external power source (not included). The filter comes with a mounting bracket and screws to hold it securely in place on any flat surface that meets the dimensions listed above.
- Capacity: This is a three-stage diatomaceous earth filter, which means it uses three different types of media to remove debris from your fish tank water: firstly, coarse grade black foam filters out large pieces of debris; secondly, medium grade white polyester pads absorb smaller particles; finally, fine grade white polyester pads remove even more fine particles from your water column – all while producing clean oxygenated air for your fish. In total, this filter can handle up to 100 gallons per hour at full capacity (or about 10 gallons per hour if you don’t want any extra filtering power) with just one 50-watt light bulb being used as an energy source for heaters inside the unit itself.”
Maintenance of Diatomaceous Earth Aquarium Filter
After you have cleaned the filter, fill in the aquarium with water and wait for it to aerate. This will help to remove any dust particles that may be floating in the air. After this, you can start adding your fish or invertebrates back into the tank as normal.
Will You Have To Clean Your Filter?
The answer depends on how often you feed your pet(s). If they are fed once a day or more, then you should probably clean their diatomaceous earth filter once per month. If they are fed less often than this (for example every other day), then it would be a good idea for you to clean out their filter at least twice per month. It’s also important for us not just because we don’t like seeing algae build up on our tank walls but also because there could be harmful bacteria growing in our filters too which could harm our pets if left unchecked.
Price of Diatomaceous Earth Aquarium Filter
The price of a diatomaceous earth aquarium filter varies depending on the size and brand you are buying.
- For example, a 500-ml bottle of DE powder (the recommended amount for most tanks) is around $3 to $5.
- If you want to buy a 5-gallon bucket with DE in it, this will cost around $200.