Filter Sock & Filter Trays: Which do you prefer and why?

BRS

Do you prefer to run a filter sock or a filter tray?

  • Filter Sock

    Votes: 366 50.1%
  • Filter Tray

    Votes: 164 22.5%
  • No Filter

    Votes: 113 15.5%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 87 11.9%

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revhtree

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We are GO for launch on the weekend! YES! But as we move into enjoying the weekend let's begin a discussion on filter socks versus filter trays! I'll reserve the pros and cons for you guys to discuss as I know that I would most assuredly miss something!

1. Do you prefer to run a filter sock or a filter tray and why do you choose one over the other?

2. What filter sock or filter tray set up do you run and a photo would be great!



Homemade filter tray via @G Santana
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I happen to be a lucky dude who won a Clari-Sea SK5000 Roller Filter here on R2R
Shoutout to Triquatics and Reef2Reef

I love this thing!!!
Totally recommend roller filters.
My office tank has filter sock setup, which isn't too bad.
I really love being able to throw that nasty paper away over washing those gross crusty filter socks in my home.
Not sure I have a pic of it running as it used to sit in the back of the sump.
But I am getting ready to set up my 120 very soon.
Here's a shot of my roller filter setup.

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I run a fleece roller, and I have to admit, I've never seen such crystal clear blue water during my water changes with socks or pads, and I don't overfeed but I don't under feet either.
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I would run a roller if I had room for one. I don't use traditional socks. I have cups stuffed with polyfill. I just toss it once a week and refill. You can get a HUGE bag at a craft/sewing store for ten bucks. Lasts forever.
 

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I integrated a filter tray into my diy sump when I built it. I use a piece of 2 layer filter pad that I cut off a roll i bought and hose it off every 3-4 days. I use the same piece for about a month until the layers start separating and then throw it out and replace with a new piece. A roll lasts a long time. It takes me a few minutes at most twice a week.
 

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first year learning... i have Bean Animals and was under the impression that the siphon and partial siphon needed to let out under water to function properly. Now i seem to hear that the reason is to keep the noise and splashing manageable. if that is so i would be in favor of chopping off my full siphon drain (going into the skimmer section) and installing a sock holder.
 

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I use mesh socks on my frag tank. I have a filter tray with the green sponge on the biocube 32. I use the same green sponge filter on the nuvo 10g. All smaller tanks use the cartridges for the HOB mechanical filtration. Next build will have a roller. It seems to be less maintenance after it's installed.
 

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Other options seem far to expensive and wasteful.
I watched a recent Nova on PBS last night - Beyond the Elements: Indestructible. Very interesting. Kinda put a damper on my search for rollers because of all the single use plastic waste.
 
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