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Old 07-24-2012, 02:02 AM   #31
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I ran the system for almost 20 years without any fine particulate filter of any kind. I thought it helped with coral growth, but now I am thinking It had a pretty small effect. Sump became a mess, so am now using the extra large sock on my secondary sump to grab this material. The sock plugs in about 3 days, but I have a very high bio load. I think I will build a easy to clean floss box instead. These socks are too high maintenance unless you have a pretty small load on the system.
Yeah agreed, I only have 4 fish on my 180, and the socks clog in about a week. I've only run a sock on my Berlin side of my sump, refugium side doesn't get one.
Been sock-less for about 2 months, only because they fell apart and haven't been able to replace them, but they do help to keep the sump clean, high maintenance as they are.
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I just trow it in the washer when the wife is washing the whites works great and they smell great too hehe and no problem
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I just trow it in the washer when the wife is washing the whites works great and they smell great too hehe and no problem
You could be introducing unwanted chemicals into your tank from the laundry soap and/or fabric softener.
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Washing those darn socks right now. I don't wear socks myself...seems strange to be doing laundry for the tank.
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We run filter socks religiously at work and feel they filter particulates quite well, but we also tend to stock heavily. They need to be replaced weely (I use a single sock for each 550g) and can extend the life by a few days if using a hose to spray inside out until semi white. We normally soak the socks in 40g trash cans filled with freshwater and then bleach in washing machine (failure to rinse salt prior to washing machine will corrode the machine over time). We rinse about twice after to rid bleach, though you could use another trash can with dechlor to save on washer uses.

Be aware there are possible infectants that can survive hot water and bleach (you need an absorbant amount of bleach to kill certain bacteriums)...hint hint, clothing exposure.
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