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Old 09-16-2013, 02:06 PM   #11
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For 18 years I ran without filter socks, then a couple of years ago I added three of the large ones. They clogged about once a week and needed to be cleaned. I ran them a year. No visible changes. I removed them 6 months ago, still no visible change. I have a algae scrubber that tends to trap particulates, so I just don't need the extra hassle.
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So, you think all that stuff that clogged the filter socks is now being caught by the algae scrubber? Mine was building up in my sump.
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It's caught both places. Many pounds of chaeto does a pretty good job of catching debris and I siphon the detritus off the bottom of my sumps every few months. I see lots of particulates on the real reef and I have a theory there are free floating things that are good for the corals.
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Yes, they may be, but in an ocean setting, things are a bit different. Excess nutrients is the number one problem seen in this hobby. I feel if the particulate matter is important, there's plenty in the display already. No need to recirculate what the filtration is catching.
Even you said that you see no difference since you stopped using the socks. Just that you have to vacuum your sumps now. The corals are no better or worse, right?
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That's true. But the socks are a mess to clean. I already do an average of an hour a day in maintenance and care, so eliminating one thing is a start. My water is just as clear without them.
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I just turn mine inside out, save any life I can on them which takes a total of about 60 seconds, and then toss them in a bucket. When the bucket is full, I toss them all in the washing machine with a little bleach and let it do it's thing.
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I just turn mine inside out, save any life I can on them which takes a total of about 60 seconds, and then toss them in a bucket. When the bucket is full, I toss them all in the washing machine with a little bleach and let it do it's thing.
Too much work. And I didn't see any benefit.
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Does anyone know if the petco tanks are all tempered glass or just the bottom glass? My skimmer returns into the side of my sump and I'm building a refugium out of a 40 breeder and want to keep my external so I can have maximum room for the fuge.
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I hate to jump in here but I have been reading along and I have a question about the filter sock I have 1" PVC running right into my sump do they make a sock the I could just hook to my PVC with out buy a sock holder
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I hate to jump in here but I have been reading along and I have a question about the filter sock I have 1" PVC running right into my sump do they make a sock the I could just hook to my PVC with out buy a sock holder
Not that I've ever seen. My local glass shop is cutting and edging all size panes of 1/4" glass and a pane with two holes for 7" filter socks for $42
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