DIY diatom filter
I have a magnum hot shot filter. I was thinking of adding DE to the micron filter. I'm just not sure how to do this. Would I run the filter say in the sink with a bowl of DE to prime it? How do I know when there is enough DE coating? Could I then take it to the tank and run it for a few hours? I am guessing that adding DE would improve the micron filter but am not sure it's worth it. I know I will have to remove the filter from the tank before I turn it off. I don't want back flush of DE.
On the other hand would it be worth to just buy a silicate/ Phosphate remover an it to the canister?
The reason I am doing this is I have a ton of brown algae. My oto can't keep up. I must have done a mini cycle. It is acting just like a new tank. My phosphates are off the scale but not from the tap. I have given it a week with the over dose of excel. It is a bit better.
I know I could wait the time for my tank and new plants to adjust but It's two weeks since this started. I am impatient.
12 ADF's, discus, 2 oto, pair golden rams No Co2, Use EI, generic Excel, Eheim 2126, 18w UV, 96w 6700k raised 4" above tank (6hrs) 75g tall 2 mini fans / bubble wand more O2 deep tank.