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Old 10-13-2014, 08:33 PM   #11
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I don't use them anymore.


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Can you share the reasons why?
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I wouldn't keep a tank without using them. I don't want a sump full of detritus, which will eventually happen if you don't use them. Someone said noise as a problem.......What noise does a filter sock make?
Changing them out once every 4 or 5 days is all that's necessary. I toss them in the wash with some bleach and they come out pretty nice. They cost me about 4 dollars a piece, and I've had these about a year now. Not very expensive IMO.
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Rather than using actual filter socks, I've been using cheap panty hose. Changed out and thrown out as needed. Considered going back to actual filter socks if I could find the right material to make my own.


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Where can you buy and how much does a cheap panty hose cost?
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Pros and Cons of Filter Sock

I got tired of changing them every 48 hours. Built a detritus trap that I siphon out every few months. My ATS also snares most floating objects.

Real men don't wear panty hose...that said $2 at any grocery store or drug store.


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68 cents for an egg with 2 at Walmart.


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Old 10-13-2014, 11:31 PM   #16
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I got tired of changing them every 48 hours. Built a detritus trap that I siphon out every few months. My ATS also snares most floating objects.
Any pics of or info about your detritus trap?
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It is mind numbingly simple. The system has a 30 gallon trash can plumbed in and it works to allow the detritus to settle to the bottom. I just siphon the bottom of that barrel occasionally.


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It is mind numbingly simple. The system has a 30 gallon trash can plumbed in and it works to allow the detritus to settle to the bottom. I just siphon the bottom of that barrel occasionally.


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I bet only those with a superb imagination can recreate such a numbingly simple machine lol. I'm trying but can't see if it will trap floating detritus. Overflow usually just takes the floating stuff in DT.
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I have a big protein skimmer that feeds the barrel. Anything left floating after the ATS gets picked up in the skimmer.


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I brought flat sheets of filter material, I designed my sump so I can attach a flat piece before the last chamber before the return pump. I only use them for 3-4 hours after a cleaning, my sump does the rest. I just throw them in the washer with soap and bleach and let the air dry, have never had a problem
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