Filter Sock Alternative

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (DIY)' started by ReeferDude916, May 20, 2017.

  1. revhtree

    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Nice input!
     

  2. edsbeaker

    edsbeaker Well-Known Member

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    I just received my bottles and started to make my first sock replacements. First I have NO idea how you were able to find a bottle so perfectly sized to the Red Sea sock collar, but it is perfect. Let me say, doing this can't be any easier!!! I am so excited about this. Life is going to be so much simpler. Thank you so much for sharing your idea!!!
     
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  3. WhiskeyCoffee

    WhiskeyCoffee Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I agree. Honestly you could just pull out the filter pad, put it on your patio, and rise it out with a powerful hose. I would at least use the same filter pad a couple times before throwing it away.
     
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    WhiskeyCoffee Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    lol $29!!! How about a $1 jug from Dollar Tree...
     
  5. stevem650

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    What silicone did you use? Does it need to be reef safe? Thanks


     
  6. ReeferDude916

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    I used a basic 100% silicone from the hardware store.
     
  7. MartinWaite

    MartinWaite Well-Known Member

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    Any silicon used in your tank needs to be fish/reef safe.
    You only put the holes so far up the cylinder so the muck stays in the bottom part without the holes.
     
  8. Brien

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    Nice to see another reefer from Sac on here. I goto Tapp Plastics often. Personally, I like the mesh socks because they're so easy to clean. Plus I'd hate to cut up a $15 filer sock.
     
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  9. Jamie Allbritton

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    How flexible is this setup? Trying to fit into a trigger system 34 sapphire sock holder.
     
  10. ReeferDude916

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    Shouldn't have any issues. Because you're using a filter sock ring that fits your sump, once you find the container to replace the sock with it should work just fine.
     
  11. Jamie Allbritton

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    What type of silicone was used?
     
  12. ReeferDude916

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    100% clear silicone. GE brand I believe.
     
  13. A_game43

    A_game43 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Great idea, i have been surfing the net for examples like this. Agree cleaning the socks becomes a pain in the ooooach! ;Wideyed I am not a big fan of the bleach so changing out a filter pad about every 6 days sound good to me. I will give it a try.
     
  14. Jamie Allbritton

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    Finally got them finished and installed today, these filters beat filter socks hands down.
     
  15. FLSharkvictim

    FLSharkvictim Well-Known Member

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    I just bought a pair of some High Flow acrylic filter socks from a company in the UK, and they work amazing! Here is a shot of the bottom and the side of what these acrylic filter socks look like. They will drop right in your 4'' hole in your sump. They slide right in where you would original install your filter socks at on your sump. Filter socks are now the thing of the past. No more buying new socks every month, no more washing them in our washing machine with bleach etc, etc. Ones i Get them in I will install my pair of DreamBox - Silencer // Filter socks inlay so you don't hear any type of water going down the socks..

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    Dreambox-Silencer // Filter socks - inlay
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    My custom made sump 36x15''
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  16. Toolman

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    Excellent idea. I sent for the bottles and I'm going to give it a try.
     
  17. MnFish1

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    The BRS video was addressing only nutrient export - not other reasons to use filter socks. I focus on other methods for nutrient export. But it was an interesting video. I would guess that changing filter pads or other media would need to be done the same frequency as the BRS video (every 3 days or so) so I still dont see an advantage to not using filter socks.
     
  18. laverda

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    I anyone is interested, Marine Depot sells ready made baskets for this purpose.
     
  19. Harry Muscle

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    Mind sharing exactly where you got these?

    Thanks,
    Harry
     
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