Filter Sock Alternative

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  1. gioNVA

    gioNVA Active Member Photo of the Month Award CAMS Member

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    I used this to replace my 7" filter sock. I have an eshopps sump and this thing fits perfect. The only thing I did is seal the upper portion with silicone so that water goes down through the bottom holes. I also used a foam filter to line the walls and then filter floss in the middle.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ELW98K
     
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  2. ReeferDude916

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    Nice solution!
     
  3. Rakie

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    Honestly, a lot of people go sockless and have no regrets. The only time I like socks is cleaning out sand beds or blowing off rocks.
     
  4. gioNVA

    gioNVA Active Member Photo of the Month Award CAMS Member

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    I would've gone sockless but these also help out in silencing the overflow water.
     
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    Hate washing my socks! Nice thread!
     
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    I read on here somewhere there was a guy who put a 5 gallon bucket in his sump. Drilled holes in it, put some filter pads in it and inserted his drains into the bucket. Then when doing water changes he pulled the bucket out and discarded the debris at the bottom and changed out the filters. Almost like a sediment trap. Was a great idea for sure!

    Corey
     
  7. Glasswalker

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    Interesting idea! I like it!

    I also primarily use mesh socks right now, but would love to get back to the floss style ones for the better polishing...

    My sump is also designed to vortex into the socks which combined with this and the comment above, might make for a very interesting way to trap sediment...

    I'm thinking maybe a length of PVC pipe, with a cap on the end, and a 3-4" dead-zone for sediment trap at the end. Fitted with an adapter to make the collar to fit into the standard size sock mount. Then insert filter pad or floss exactly as shown in the OP... With the vortex design in my sump, would likely carry the sediment down to the dead zone, and then force water out the filter floss.

    Hmm... *runs off to go design something*

    lol :)
     
  8. burtbollinger

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    I'd love a filter sock that had an inside sleeve for carbon or GFO. Would that work?
     
  9. burtbollinger

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    use the mesh.
     
  10. spieszak

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    flow tends to be too much, carbon and gfo become dust.
     
  11. Fugs

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    What happens to the filter pad once it is saturated with detritus?
    Do you just throw it out?
    Probably works really well but seems wasteful for something that can be recycled.
     
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    I don't know. I don't recall seeing what they did. I'm sure you could just rinse it out and put one back in. Like having a few different ones so you always have one ready. I really wish I could find the thread or post again. i am curious to the rest of it and how they like it. I recall seeing a person use a sediment trap prior to their sump also. Same concept. Trapping debris.

    Corey
     
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    I would love to do something like this, but I have the Aqueon Model 3 sump, and there's just no way to get that kind of access to the mounts for the socks.

    Le Sigh.
     
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    Great idea. Solved my problem of not being able to use traditional socks in my non traditional primary filter tank. I'll build a rectangular shaped sock with the appropriate sized plastic container. Just have to find the components.
     
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    It takes less than 30 seconds to clean the filter socks on the reefer I have once a week. Seems like a solution without a problem (no offense meant)
     
  16. nervousmonkey

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    Great idea! Another benefit of these is that I can change the porosity of the "filter sock" to be as small or as large as I want. Great application for using lanthanum chloride where a really small micron filter is needed and I don't want to have to keep buying new socks. @TaylorPilot had a post about this in 2015 also.
     
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    Good idea. Now I need four for my 750.
     
  18. glb

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    Great idea. I switched to mesh socks because the felt ones were impossible to clean. Love the creativity!
     
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    It's like a giant refillable keurig! Great idea.
     
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