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Was sick of the cleaning and changing of my filter socks. Found a company online that makes drop in cups to replace the socks. Will be running filter floss in the cup, and will only need to change out the floss as needed. Time will tell if its a smart move, but had to make a change over the socks.
Company sells 4in and 7in cups. Different colors and flow rates as well. Shipping was super fast to my front door. Pricing was not bad $13. high flow 4in. And $4. Med flow 4in.

Update forgot to put were filtermediacup.com

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Would you mind providing an update? How often are you replacing floss? What brand and model sump do you have?
 
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Better yet, install Klir DI 4/7 or Clarisea roller filters. 45 days of no roll changes etc. plus, trapped food still decays whether cup or sock, but roller filter pulls it waste out right away. Dollar for dollar, the best investment I have made in my tank. Details are the build thread below.

After 45 days do you just throw away the roll, or can you wash and reuse?
 

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Better yet, install Klir DI 4/7 or Clarisea roller filters. 45 days of no roll changes etc. plus, trapped food still decays whether cup or sock, but roller filter pulls it waste out right away. Dollar for dollar, the best investment I have made in my tank. Details are the build thread below.
I am using a Klir DI-4 and there is no way I am going back to filter socks!
The original ver1 unit they sold had issues but the Ver2 unit is pretty good. I was getting some occasional issues due to slight sump level changes that would eat through my floss in less than 30 days but I did manage to tweak it and get about 40 days out of the rolls. For good measure I recently scrapped that Craptastic controller they supplied and now have it running via my tank controller. It looks like I should get nearly 50 days out of a roll and no part of the floss will remain in the water for more than 24 hours. I can do that because I now have a lot more control over its behavior.
 
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Better yet, install Klir DI 4/7 or Clarisea roller filters. 45 days of no roll changes etc. plus, trapped food still decays whether cup or sock, but roller filter pulls it waste out right away. Dollar for dollar, the best investment I have made in my tank. Details are the build thread below.
This is the route I wanna go, but don't have enough space between sump and stand
 
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This is the route I wanna go, but don't have enough space between sump and stand
I know what you mean Daniel. I had about 1/4" left over on the side of that compartment in my Sump after I slid the DI-4 Stand in. I also had about 1" of sump height left. It was one heck of a tight fit and I almost thought I had miscalculated. If you cannot get a DI4 in then I think nothing else will work unless you DIY one. The units are pretty simple, you could probably rebuild a DI-4 and make it smaller.
When I made my Sump in 2003 I never even imagined filter socks much less a roller mat and all the other stuff I have added over the years.
 
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This is the route I wanna go, but don't have enough space between sump and stand
the nice thing with Klir is that it drops into your existing sock compartment. Some minor mod may be required, but it doesnt require too much extra space height wise, since you can fold it to get in and out tight spaces.
 

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the nice thing with Klir is that it drops into your existing sock compartment. Some minor mod may be required, but it doesnt require too much extra space height wise, since you can fold it to get in and out tight spaces.
Didn't know it folded... I may need to look again.
 

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Would you mind providing an update? How often are you replacing floss? What brand and model sump do you have?
BRS Has a good vid on the best time to change, think the ideal period was 2-3 days, less than that saw next to no benefits, more than 3 days saw and increase in nitrates etc.
 
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Klir vs clarisea? Which one is better?
I have seen posts point out good and bad in both products. I think you would have to do more research and see which one suits your sump and flow. I can say that the Ver2 Klir does not have any issues with breaking the fleece. The controller with it is a bit flaky as it can only roll the fleece when the water level rises and stop when it comes back down. The only safety feature is that it will stop rolling fleece in 30 seconds if the water level does not come down and set off an audible alarm. You have to position that optical level sensor just right or you can either have the fleece not rolling enough or rolling too much. It takes about half a roll of fleece to dial in everything properly, including the flow rate into your sump and the bypass gate opening. For tanks with 500 GPH or less flow and a single DI-4 this will not be as difficult but for larger pumps it requires some tweaking to get it right.

The Clarisea probably has some of the same issues but I don't own one and have only read some posts on it.
 
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