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Old 02-20-2009, 07:09 AM   #1
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How Often Do You Change Your Filter Socks?


Hello everyone, this is the first setup where my sump includes a single 4 Inch Filter Sock as a part of its filtration. However, I'm noticing the my 100 Micron and 200 Micron Filter Socks start to overflow every 4 days. Also I read in the instructions that you can actually wash the filter sock in the washer machine. My questions are this.

1. How often do you have to change your filter socks?
2. How do you clean your filter socks? Do you wash out your filter socks in the wachine machine?
3. Do you just replace your filter socks every time they start to overflow?
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:15 AM   #2
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1. Daily, 2 day maximum. (Used to be 2 day until someone on here made me think)
2. I rinse them out, until I have enough for a machine load. Then I wash on hot with bleach and no soap.
3. No, I use 100 micron socks. The great strength of such a tight filter weave, is they pick up particulate that may be already decomposing. If I leave them in long enough for the particulate to fully dissolve, then I just defeated the purpose of using socks in the first place.

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Old 02-20-2009, 07:25 AM   #3
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1. Daily, 2 day maximum. (Used to be 2 day until someone on here made me think)
2. I rinse them out, until I have enough for a machine load. Then I wash on hot with bleach and no soap.
3. No, I use 100 micron socks. The great strength of such a tight filter weave, is they pick up particulate that may be already decomposing. If I leave them in long enough for the particulate to fully dissolve, then I just defeated the purpose of using socks in the first place.

Agreed with the above, you simply cannot change them fast enough. Every couple days is your best bet.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:09 AM   #4
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hate to but in here or steal the thread but i gota question on them as well....

where can i can get some filter socks? the sump that i have coming in...ocotpus large sump....comes with dual intakes with a sock on each....

but with replaceing them every other day or so im gona need alot more than 2!!!!

thanks and sorry to butt in.........but figured my question would help on this subject as well
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:15 AM   #5
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where can i can get some filter socks?
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1. 2x per day (usually about 11am & 11pm)
2. i have a dog sink in my fish room with a high pressure hose/spray nozzle. i flip the bags inside-out, then spray them off thoroughly...they usually look visually clean after this. then i put them in an empty salt bucket til wash day...i use maybe 1/4 cup of bleach in with a full large load of filter socks (i have about 20 of them). i used to run an extra rinse cycle, but don't anymore.
3. waiting to replace the filter socks until they overflow is way way way too long!
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:27 AM   #6
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I used to change them "whenever". Every couple of weeks. But, after reading a few posts by "benny z" and some others I have increased my changing habits. To about 3-4 times a week. I probably won't ever do it more often, but that's just me.
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As Nuticile said 2 days never more, I switch them out, have 8 or so, turn them inside out and wash w/bleach (unscented) and hot water in the washer. air dry and back into service.
Any filter that works by trapping waste and alowing it to stay in contact with your tank water ( socks, pads, canisters, sponges...) need to be changed very frequently (2 days max). The waste does not get any fresher as the days go by, it simply decomposes to smaller particles and creates nutrient load issues.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:30 AM   #8
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change every couple of days. I'd rather go a week or two without filter socks than leave one in there for that long.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:17 AM   #9
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1. every friday during water change. (we are upping this to 2-3 times/week).
2. we put our dirty filter socks in a closed 5 gallon bucket until cleaning time. when we have one clean sock left we wash all the others in the washing machine (inside out, large load with hot water, no detergent, 1 cup of bleach). after the load is done we flip them right side out and wash them again with hot water only. they come out like new. do not put them in the dryer (there is left over residue from fabric softener sheets or whatever else you put in there). hang dry them in the sun until completely dry (inside works too but takes longer).
3. if you are waiting until they overflow you're waiting entirely way too long.
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Old 02-28-2009, 06:45 AM   #11
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[quote=Jasonanatal;1483632]Hello everyone, this is the first setup where my sump includes a single 4 Inch Filter Sock as a part of its filtration. However, I'm noticing the my 100 Micron and 200 Micron Filter Socks start to overflow every 4 days. Also I read in the instructions that you can actually wash the filter sock in the washer machine. My questions are this.

1. How often do you have to change your filter socks?Every other day.
2. How do you clean your filter socks?Ever other day. Do you wash out your filter socks in the wachine machine?Yes.
3. Do you just replace your filter socks every time they start to overflow?No ,that's WAY to long![/quote]
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:52 AM   #12
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you want to change them as often as you can. the reason being is that the longer they are in the the greater the chance they will start to breed bacteria. in most cases this is a good thing, but in the case of the environment that the socks are located they will only breed the bacteria that break down ammonia into nitrite and nitrite into nitrate leaving nitrates to be released into your water column. the other reason is that the longer the socks can collect detritus the longer the first bit of detritus is allowed to rot. being in such a high oxygenated area things can rot quickly. rotting allows the bound phosphates to be released back into the water column to be used by something, usually algae, though it could also be absorbed by various calcium carbonate based substances and shortening their usefulness in the system.

hope this clarifies things on why they should be changed.

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Old 12-20-2009, 09:52 PM   #13
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if i put bleach wont it kill the coral and fish?
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I change them 2 times per week, rinse them in the sink once or twice, then to the laundry with some oxyclean only.
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if i put bleach wont it kill the coral and fish?
Just let the sock air dry and any residual chlorine bleach will dissipate rather quickly.
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