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Old 06-14-2011, 11:13 AM   #1211
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These eshopps square ones are different though. they are uber thick like a filter pad and very stiff. Thats why I'm gonna try to find an alternative. It also doesn't help that I have to take my skimmer out to get to the sock. :-( Makes a 2 minute job take 30 minutes.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:42 PM   #1212
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Yeah, I'm kinda skittish about the bleach myself. I wish I had day's nerve LOL. I'm hoping the 7" round socks fit I woudnt mind buying 2 of those a month hehe....But 4 of the other ones? It'll bust my budget

I'll have to think about the bleach idea...
Well,..ya gotta do what ya gotta do but,...I've been doing this every single week for the last six months and haven't noticed any problems,...IMO it's just making sure that the socks are rinsed and dried out properly,....I understand your guys being cautious, but this is just what I myself have been doing,,wether you want to implement it or not is up to you,...just MY view on the subject,.. But until I notice a problem or mr.x yells at me I'll probably just continue doing so,... :- )
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:56 PM   #1213
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Even the thought of bleach within 50 feet of my tank frightens me, I don't doubt anyone's personal experiences but I wouldn't clean anything with bleach regardless of how well I rinsed it after.
Bleach is Chlorine. Water with Prime neutralizes it. No worrys at all. I clean all my decor and fake plants with it.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:01 PM   #1214
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I dont use prime, RODI water only for me.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:01 PM   #1215
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But I see your point, I never said you can't do it, I just said I wouldn't.
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what i did when i used filter socks is -every 2 or 3 days i would change them out, then, when i got all but one dirty, i would turn them inside out and put them in the clothes washer without soap. they came out pretty good.
i had about 5 of the 7" socks. i never used any bleach on them, and don't think it's necessary. the washer does a fine job. they aren't 100% pure white when they come out, but they are plenty clean for re-use.

btw, be careful when you turn them inside out- there will be lots of pods to gently pick off and toss back in the tank, and occasionally a bristle worm or two as well. once in a while even a fish may be found in there.
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ahhh I was waiting for you to chime in!

So I would assume gentle wash on cold water? I have a front loader washer hopefully that won't make a difference.

I will get some more socks this week and give it a try.

Thanks very much.
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yes, we had a front loader at the time as well. i put it on sanitary most of the time, but "quick wash" seemed to work ok too....
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what i did when i used filter socks is -every 2 or 3 days i would change them out, then, when i got all but one dirty, i would turn them inside out and put them in the clothes washer without soap. they came out pretty good.
i had about 5 of the 7" socks. i never used any bleach on them, and don't think it's necessary. the washer does a fine job. they aren't 100% pure white when they come out, but they are plenty clean for re-use.

btw, be careful when you turn them inside out- there will be lots of pods to gently pick off and toss back in the tank, and occasionally a bristle worm or two as well. once in a while even a fish may be found in there.
Mr x ,..thanks for chiming in as well,...do you find anything wrong in using the bleach method as long as everything is rinsed out well ?
P.s. Thanks for not yelling at me
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:07 PM   #1220
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All this talk about bleach brings me back to a time when I was 10 years old and would bleach my coral skeletons overnight, then rinse the heck out of them, and finally sun dry them on the porch.

Back in the tank they would go in a breath taking never-possible-in-nature layout. God, how cool I thought it was......

Enjoying the build Carey, keep the pics come'n =-)
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