Filter Socks

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by hiepatitis, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. hiepatitis

    hiepatitis Guest

    How many people use socks. I hate cleaning them and wonder if it really has many benefits.
  2. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    Great as a pre-filter. I use a high pressure hose to wash once a week. I also use it after I mixed my salt.
  3. Eight

    Eight Guest

    Only use them if I am cleaning/siphoning detritus... otherwise I find them a pain.
  4. seminolecpa

    seminolecpa Past President

    I use very pourous ones to catch the larger crapola.
  5. patrickb

    patrickb Supporting Member

    Make sure to clean them after 1 or 2 days. Too many people leave the sock in there too long without cleaning it which leads to a sweet little nitrate factory.
  6. A_Lee

    A_Lee Guest

    Nope, I stopped using them because I needed to clean/replace mine twice a week.
  7. screebo

    screebo Supporting Member

    If using socks, don't get the 4" size, stuff the 8" in there to get twice the service life. They'll survive many rinses. My standard method is to simply turn them inside out and rinse them under hot water while working the material. Hang 'em up and use 'em again. I like the job they do in helping to maintain water quality. Marine Depot has sells them made by Purolater and does two for one pricing.
  8. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    I use them when I change rocks or clean the tank. Probably 10% or less of the time do I have filter sock. I do reuse them until oblivion- I probably get 20-40 uses out of each one. I wash in the washer with only hot water and socks inside out.
  9. I use bleach, but reduces the life of the socks. They are cheap anyway. I still have a ton that I can't get rid of. Not really that hard to clean and use.
  10. northbay-reefer

    northbay-reefer Honorary Member

    If the socks need to be clean twice a week, that means it is filtering thing for you. So why you stop? LOL

    I found that my tank and especially my sump will have much less detritus when I use socks so I have 10 socks that I rotate and washed regularly.
  11. Erick

    Erick Guest

    I use pillow stuffing
  12. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    isn't it called "batting"?
  13. Erick

    Erick Guest

    Maybe? I bought it at a sewing shop for like 99 cents a bag "polyfill" . I use a handful where the sponge would normally go in the back of my tank and replace it every week. I bought 3 bags when I started about 9 months ago and still have 2 and half bags left.
  14. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    it is, I was just posing it as a question :)
  15. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Actually, isn't batting a sheet (what you put in quilts) and stuffing..well..isn't it the same stuff material wise as batting, but in a non sheet form (chaotic form) which is used in pillows?

  16. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    back when I used to quilt.... Umm yah, just kidding :)

    Pretty sure the fill, sheet or loose, is still called batting.
  17. 99sf

    99sf Guest

    I use them, and notice that they collect a lot of detritus. I bought a bunch of socks at a great price from my friend Tom in San Diego, whose mother (a retired seamstress) sews them. I change them twice a week and wash about 12 of them at once with an extra rinse cycle and just a cap full of bleach.
  18. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    I gave up, I changed them out, washed them, they clog in a few days. I'll just let the skimmer pull the gunk out =P
  19. Thales

    Thales Past President

    I use them at work because of micro bubble issues, but I don't use them at home unless I am storming the tank.

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