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Old 09-22-2011, 11:17 AM   #51
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I clean mine when the water starts to overflow the sock. so like every 3-4 days.

I use felt socks but just recently tried a mesh one. It hasn't clogged one bit in the almost week that I've been using it and doesnt look like it will need to be changed out for quite some time. BUT I am not confident it is getting all the small particles of junk. The jury is still out on the mesh socks. lol
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:29 AM   #52
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Thanks, cleaning these filter sock is the worst part of my maint routine, I think I'll try your washing machine idea, right now they are soaking in bleach water(spare set) it has them looking brand new, but I'm scared to use them, has anyone ever cleaned them with diluted bleach? If not I may throw them away! Not worth risking my fish buddies!
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:33 AM   #53
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You can also soak them in prime, that is supposed to remove bleach and chloramines I THINK. I believe dary on the forum uses bleach and soaks them in prime afterwards.

I hate that I can't get them brand new looking but if washed thoroughly it's enough for me. lol That hose nozzle I have is like a pressure washer, you might look into one at home depot. Really gets the crud out of the felt socks.
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Yeah it says on the bottle of prime, it removes chlorine, chloramine, and ammonia, I mixed up a double dose, and have them soaking in it. We will see if I'm brave enough to put them back in after soaking, rinsing, and drying. Thanks for all your input.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:28 PM   #55
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Does your water usually get slightly cloudy with diatoms, and they will go away on there own right?
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Water is slightly cloudy, parameters are all good. Thinking about buying a uv sterilizer, any thoughts?
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:25 PM   #57
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You'll get a mixed response as far as UV goes. Alot of people swear by them but a lot also say they aren't needed. lol

I personally dont use one and have no opinion either way.

In a new tank theres gonna be algae blooms and diatoms as well, they tend to fade on their own.
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Thanks maybe I'll just wait and see if it clears up on it's own, supposed to add new fish this weekend, think it will be ok still?
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As long as your parameters are stable and constant I don't see why not?
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Who are the best members of a clean up crew for removing algae from glass and rocks?
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