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Good question. All of our filter socks are 200 micron filter socks!
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.
This will be the 4x14 models with the plastic rings :-)
The 4x 8 will work great additionally we have used the 4x14's as well which allow for a little more time before changing.
We are not familiar with the CAD lights sock size. As long as the hole for the filter socks is 4" exactly our filter socks will work great! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
These filter socks have a lip which makes the inside diameter not very important for measurement. These will fit inside of a 4" diameter hole perfectly however! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
This will not work in the red sea reefer tanks unfortunately. The only socks we are aware of the if the socks directly from Red Sea. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
You can put any type of media you choose into the filter socks, however for a media sock, we would suggest using the mesh socks over the felt, since little particles of media, like getting stuck in the felt socks and become a bit harder to clean over time. The mesh socks handle loose media much better while allowing for more flow through them. The felt socks are best for water polishing.
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?
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.
Either of the 4" filter socks will do the trick. I personally prefer to use the 14" even if its a bit long.
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.
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
Awesome Product By Mark on 8/9/2016Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friendEasy to clean, holds up great in the wash!
good product no problem By sod on 7/3/2016sod would recommend this product to a friendgreat on line store fair prices
Great sock By Chris on 5/28/2016Chris would recommend this product to a friendWell made. easy to clean. I mistakenly ordered the 8" sock and it was a little small. I returned it for the 14" and it works great.
sock By mark on 5/6/2016mark would recommend this product to a friendLike how this is made and priced better then the name brand ones. I've been using will definitely order more.
Eexcellent Filter Sock By Dave on 4/21/2016Dave would recommend this product to a friendFilters great, plastic ring fits my Trigger Sump better than the supplied sock, holds up well in the wash, good price.
Easy to clean! By Tyler on 4/21/2016Tyler would recommend this product to a friendAll of the filter socks I have purchased from lfs are hard to turn inside out and really clean. I only use the BRS filter socks now for that very reason. They are very easy to give a good cleaning to.
Works great By Victoria on 4/18/2016Victoria would recommend this product to a friendNice and thick holds up to washing in washing machine
Great Socks! By Kman on 4/11/2016Kman would recommend this product to a friendI ordered a bunch of these socks. They are great quality shipping was fast. They do what they need to. No complaints. If you need replacements or you are just starting out grab some filter socks you wont regret it. I use these after water changes and when I need to clean/stir the sand. Also when I blow off my rocks.
Great By CJ on 3/23/2016CJ would recommend this product to a friendRun these on different brand sumps and fit all with no problems. Great replacement and nice price.
Great Product By Desertdawg on 3/23/2016Desertdawg would recommend this product to a friendI always thought filter socks were just an optional add on item. My tank look clear. I didn't need them.
Since adding one I am amazed at how much clearer it is now.
I spent the first week cleaning out socks everyday. They pulled that much stuff out of the water. 3 weeks in and they last about 4 days between cleaning now.
My water is crystal clear now.
Good socks By Bruce on 2/10/2016Bruce would recommend this product to a friendFits Good, Filters Good, Holds up to cleaning better than others.
Great product quality construction By 120reefer on 2/9/2016120reefer would recommend this product to a friendThese are great socks. Quality built and made to last. Don't hesitate to buy these. They are not the cheap ones you sometimes see.