BRS Felt Filter Sock with Plastic Ring

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Filter Socks are used on overflows to remove small floating particles from aquarium water. This can dramatically improve water quality and reduce maintenance on filters that would otherwise become clogged.

Felt Filter Sock is better at removing particles than mesh but can clog faster. Plastic ring fits common sump holders.

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Filter Socks are used on overflows to remove small floating particles from aquarium water. This can dramatically improve water quality and reduce maintenance on filters that would otherwise become clogged.

Felt Filter Sock is better at removing particles than mesh but can clog faster. Plastic ring fits common sump holders.

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What is the micron rating for these socks? Thanks
Question by: David on Sep 4, 2013 8:35:00 AM
Hey David,
Good question. All of our filter socks are 200 micron filter socks!
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Sep 4, 2013 8:35:00 AM
I use the felt sock with the plastic ring and would like to know how people clean them.
Question by: Ken on Jun 3, 2014 7:03:00 PM
Hey Ken,
Some folks just throw them in the washing machine when they collect enough dirty ones. Personally I turn them inside out and give them a good rinse and scrub by hand.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jun 3, 2014 7:03:00 PM
I'm looking for a filter sock for my aqueon sump
Question by: Hank on Jan 26, 2014 10:06:00 AM
Hi Hank,
This will be the 4x14 models with the plastic rings :-)
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jan 26, 2014 10:06:00 AM
Hi,

I've been using the 8" socks with good results - their also very durable and machine wash well.

1) Is using bleach necessary when machine washing?

2) What's the best way to tell when these socks need to be replaced (because of age/wear and no longer effective)?

3) If I wait too long will that contribute to an increase in nitrates?

Thanks,
Larry

Question by: Larry on Jun 12, 2014 5:31:00 AM
Hi Larry,
1) It isn't necessary (many people just use straight water) but bleach does a very good job of breaking down organics.
2)If they have holes worn thru them or if the stitching starts to come apart would be when I would start to worry about them :-)
3)If you leave them in the tank to long it won't be as effective. It is more of an opportunity cost, by leaving the sock in for too long you give a chance for detritus to contribute to the nutrients in the tank, whereas if you had changed it out you would have removed it from the tank before giving it the opportunity. In the end, there won't be any more nitrates then could have existed without it, but you missed your chance to prevent them if you don't change them.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jun 12, 2014 5:31:00 AM
What is the correct size for a aqueon #1 sump?
Question by: jason on Jun 13, 2014 3:51:00 AM
Hi Jason,
Either of the 4" filter socks will do the trick. I personally prefer to use the 14" even if its a bit long.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jun 13, 2014 3:51:00 AM
How often do you normally recommend you change the filter socks? what is the best method to clean the socks? if soaking - in what solution?
Question by: Don on Nov 19, 2013 5:11:00 AM
Hey Don,
The more often you change them the better, that way you can remove the solids before they continue to break down and add additional nutrients to your water column. You want to avoid soaps when cleaning them but its pretty common for people to use unscented household bleach in water. Be sure to rinse them and all them to dry completely.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 19, 2013 5:11:00 AM

Full Details

Filter socks come in mesh or felt and with a plastic ring or draw string. See below for differences and unique advantages.


  • Mesh: Thin, doesn't clog as easily as felt
  • Felt: Thicker, better at removing particles, but can clog faster
  • Plastic Ring: attaches via ring that fits common sump holders
  • Draw String: attaches directly to plumbing
  • BRS recommends starting with felt socks and switching to mesh if they clog faster than desired.

Filter sock benefits:


  • Regular use will result in crystal clear water most convenient form of mechanical filtration.
  • Remove excess food, detritus, organic waste, dust and other particulates
  • Convenient form of mechanical filtration
  • Prevents larger objects like sand, crabs and snails from damaging pump motors
  • Reduces ammonia and nitrate producing organic waste
  • Increases filter life

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  • Clog up really fast By jeffrey on 7/7/2015

    The felt socks work great and are made well . But in my 240 gallon reef they clogged up overnight and were overflowing . So if you can't change them daily I wouldn't use them . I got the mesh socks and am much happier with them . Not filtering as much stuff out but only have to clean them out one time a week
  • They work well and price is right By Charles on 6/27/2015

    These are high quality filter socks. They can be cleaned and reused or just changed every week or 2 depending on how much you feed and what's in your tank.
  • Best SOCKS! By MykDoyle on 6/23/2015

    I've tried many different filter socks since being in the hobby for a number of years ... The search ended once I started using these!!
  • Good By Trey on 6/21/2015

    Good product. Great price.
  • Works By Bill on 6/16/2015

    Fits Vertex holder perfectly.
  • Quality By Jeremy on 6/16/2015

    BRS produced a quality filter sock at a good price.
  • Great Socks for the Price By RICHARD on 6/16/2015

    Bought the 4 x 8 version. These work well and are easy to wash and reuse.
  • Pleasantly surprised By franksreefs on 6/14/2015

    I tried a couple of these because of their price. They appear to be very well made and are easy to clean. I can't speak to how long they'll last, but so far I like them and will buy more.
  • Great sock for the money By Tracey on 6/5/2015

    Works great.
  • Great Socks By Fishman on 6/5/2015

    They do the job and are one of the smallest socks out there. Can't go wrong.
  • Traps small particles By Tank*Lady on 6/2/2015

    These work well to trap small particles and helps keep my tank clear. Easy to clean in the washer, air dry, good to go again.
  • Excellent results By Bull Hippo on 5/24/2015

    I had been using mesh filter bags from a large retail store and changing them once a week , The felt filter sock has tremendous filtering ability over the product I was using. The socks must be changed every three days or they overflow, They pick up so much more than the mesh bags I was using. I believe they have reduced the algae growth in the tank too. Make sure you order enough of them. I haven't came up with an easy cleaning method for them yet/

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