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Old 04-16-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Filter socks and powerheads

What is the best way to clean sump filter socks. Also when placing power heads in a tank is there an optimum position to place them
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:18 PM   #2
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keep a second set and i've head some using bleach and throughly rinsing and drying and then rinsing again. try water and vinegar or rubbing alchohol both are safer bets and are both used as alternatives to vodka dosing. so rinsing and drying the socks out after should be fine
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:12 PM   #3
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Im not new to SW tanks new to sumps, i have just started hearing about this vodka dosing. It sounds to me very shady
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:20 PM   #4
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Turn them inside out and squirt with a hose let them dry out. I have three and rotate them replace one after a couple months. Get some Marco algea and mangrove growing in sump your nitrates will be low no vodka dosing needed.
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its been done for years, but i'm not saying do it i'm sayign you can clean your socks with these things
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:28 AM   #6
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Huh just never thought of using alcohol in a tank before. I guess it would make sense as the alcohol would evaporate quickly. My other question is with power head placement i have a 110g tank with a mag12 return pump with about a 4ft head hight also plumbed with 1" pvc having 2 90degree fittings and 1 check valve. I am also using 2 korali 750 power heads. My question is that i seem to have a dead spot in the one corner and wasnt sure if i place one powerhead there is it ok to point the flow upward so i dont disturb the sand?
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Yeah that would be fine for the powerhead.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:37 PM   #8
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Ok ill try that and see what happens thanks
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:20 PM   #9
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wow a mag12? do you have a sump refugium or a simple wet/dry, or is there just a sump with a skimmer and some reactors, unless its a wet dry i would not use a return pump that large, there is no need for it and the turn over will be to quick for a refugium,skimmer or media reactors to do a proper job.

another thing i would not use your return pump to generate flow, use powerheads or a closed loop pump with return heads spread around the tank
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+1 largescale pumps on reef tanks 110 and under are defeating the purpose of filtering in your sump. I have a wet dry, on a 75 gallon and my return is about 1175gph without 4 ft of head. Works perfect in my system, i have cheato tumbling and a big skimmer incorporated to the sump part of my wet dry.
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