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Old 02/14/2018, 04:30 AM   #1
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nylon filter sock or felt?/ How to clean?

Hello,

Which would be better to use in my sump, felt material or Nylon?

Hows the best way to clean them?

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Old 02/14/2018, 04:38 AM   #2
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Depends....

Nylon is larger particle, but easier to clean. Felt trap smaller particles but are harder to clean.

Most of us that use felt socks usually have a bunch. When one is dirty you throw a new one in. The used up one I put in a bucket with bleach water. When I have enough in my bucket I throw them in the washing machine(no soap), with an extra rinse cycle. Air dry and good to go again.


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Old 02/14/2018, 04:50 AM   #3
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I just use polyester quilt batting super cheap, throw away. for $7-10 I can make about 20-30 filter pads depending on how thick or what width I buy. and I generally only use it when doing water changes or other big mess maker projects in tank.

sorry misread you did say sock. my bad


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Old 02/14/2018, 05:13 AM   #4
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My vote is felt and buy a couple for the reason Homer pointed out. Another reefer did some testing and found soaking in peroxide gets them cleaner than bleach so I soak mine 24hrs in h202 before putting in washing machine.


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Old 02/14/2018, 05:27 AM   #5
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My vote is felt and buy a couple for the reason Homer pointed out. Another reefer did some testing and found soaking in peroxide gets them cleaner than bleach so I soak mine 24hrs in h202 before putting in washing machine.
I probably read the same thread, and actually tried it for a while. Mine still came out of the washing machine grey and grungy(is that an actual word?). So I still do bleach.


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Old 02/14/2018, 05:46 AM   #6
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I just throw my felt socks in the washer. No soap no bleach. I wait till the wife isn’t looking, I throw them in on normal setting, them sneak them out an hour later.

Clean and pretty dry.


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I probably read the same thread, and actually tried it for a while. Mine still came out of the washing machine grey and grungy(is that an actual word?). So I still do bleach.
It was a good read and I'll admit mine don't come out white but not really worried about that to much as it just goes out of sight in the sump anyways. I will say the water they soak in is always dirtier then the socks so I feel like it's doing something and it makes me happy.


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Old 02/14/2018, 12:50 PM   #8
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I just throw my felt socks in the washer. No soap no bleach. I wait till the wife isnít looking, I throw them in on normal setting, them sneak them out an hour later.

Clean and pretty dry.
funny, do you also use the turkey baster when shes not around.
i do the rinse and when a bunch have accumulated washing machine with bleach


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funny, do you also use the turkey baster when shes not around.
i do the rinse and when a bunch have accumulated washing machine with bleach
What turkey baster?! I donít ever remember us having one............


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I have a 5 gallon bucket stuffed with old felt filter socks. Major PITA, turn inside out, rinse, wash in bleach, wash again no bleach, dry, turn right side in, blah blah blab.

21st Century, 100 micron nylon mesh bags, remove, rinse, replace.
Life is good!

On the plus side, now that the RRR (remove, rinse, replace) is so easy, I find myself doing it more so there is less to rinse.
I do have 2 sets of 2, makes it even easier.


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Old 02/15/2018, 01:54 PM   #11
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21st Century, 100 micron nylon mesh bags, remove, rinse, replace.

Life is good!


On the plus side, now that the RRR (remove, rinse, replace) is so easy, I find myself doing it more so there is less to rinse.

I do have 2 sets of 2, makes it even easier.


This!! I use 100 micron nylon socks 24/7 as well and wash them every 2 days. Just take it to the sink, rinse it out, and replace.

Iíll throw on a felt sock after a cleaning or feeding if I really want to clear up the water quick though.


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Old 02/15/2018, 03:25 PM   #12
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Where do you guys buy your felt 100 micron filters?


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I only use filer socks when I do a water change


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I have a 5 gallon bucket stuffed with old felt filter socks. Major PITA, turn inside out, rinse, wash in bleach, wash again no bleach, dry, turn right side in, blah blah blab.

21st Century, 100 micron nylon mesh bags, remove, rinse, replace.
Life is good!

On the plus side, now that the RRR (remove, rinse, replace) is so easy, I find myself doing it more so there is less to rinse.
I do have 2 sets of 2, makes it even easier.
Do you just rinse in tap water and let it dry?


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Basically yes. Before I brought the 2nd set, I wanted to be sure I liked the 100 micron mesh so I only had 2. I would RRR Remove, Rinse, Replace using just regular tap water (I'm on a well). Now that I have the second set, I can take a little more time. Remove the dirty, Replace with spare set, Rinse and dry the 1st set.
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Basically yes. Before I brought the 2nd set, I wanted to be sure I liked the 100 micron mesh so I only had 2. I would RRR Remove, Rinse, Replace using just regular tap water (I'm on a well). Now that I have the second set, I can take a little more time. Remove the dirty, Replace with spare set, Rinse and dry the 1st set.
But there isn't really any need to dry them,
I have high levels of chloramine in my water, so that would be my concern...


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Rinse under the tap, than put in a small container with either RO/DI, distilled water, or tap water with a few drops of prime.


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Rinse under the tap, than put in a small container with either RO/DI, distilled water, or tap water with a few drops of prime.
Great idea. Thanks! I've been doing to filter sock routine like you did and it is a PITA


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Old 02/15/2018, 05:09 PM   #19
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I use felt. I have 7 or 8. When I change, I rinse the old one under my water tap till most of the nasty is gone and let it dry. Then when I put the last one in the tank, I throw all of rest them in the washer. One cycle with bleach and 2 more with just water and let them dry again. Might be overkill but is working for me.


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Where do you guys buy your felt 100 micron filters?


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Where do you guys buy your felt 100 micron filters?
Marine depot sells large (36" by 30") sheets of 50 Micron, 100 Micron, and 200 Micron filter material. Note these are pads not socks. The 200 Micron is not marked as such, but it is the same brand and listed as regular filter pad sheets. In the Q&A the 200 Micron comes up. I use the 50 for short term filtration (when I am home and can monitor), 100 Micron for a few days at a time when I am away, and 200 Micron for when I am away for a week or more. I have seen the 50 Micron sheet start to impact the return pump efficiency after 3 or 4 days given it getting near saturated with gunk. Still have not perfected how to clean them, but at 13 bucks for a 36 by 30 sheet, I use them once or twice a toss. A sink sprayer with very hot water cleans them quite well however.


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I've actually been running without them for a couple weeks now. Everything seems to be responding well to the extra particulate in the water column. I personally don't like the look, but if the corals do then I'll be ok with it.

BRS has the 200 micron nylon mesh bags, with or without the plastic ring.


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When I first switched from nylon to felt, I used 200 micron nylon as that was what the felt was. I found it let to much detritus thru into the sump, even though they were both the same micron rating.
I then tried 100 micron and these seem to filter about the same as 200 micron felt. But one heck of a lot easier to clean.


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I have about 10 felt socks and I insert a slightly shorter 100 micron nylon sock inside it. I cut the plastic top on the nylon sock to where the nylon starts and it slides over pretty well without much bypass to the felt sock. I give it a rinse every few days and change the felt sock once a week.

I rinse the felt socks inside out, dry, throw in a bucket and when I am on my last one I wash with double rinse with a half cup of Oxiclean. Pop them in the dryer on low and they come out good as new.

I'd be tempted to just go with the 100 mesh sock, but I see what the felt is collecting after a 100 mesh sock when I'm washing it out. I wouldn't want to add that back to the tank so I'm sticking with felt.

I have some polyfilter material that is left over after cutting out for my freshwater tank. I throw that in the mesh sock. This is the polyfilter that can remove chlorine, copper and aluminum not poly fil which is just for particulate.


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