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
Nice! By Jon on 9/19/2017Jon would recommend this product to a friendLove these mesh socks. Much easier to clean than the felt and pretty tough. I have used mine about 10 times each and they look almost brand new.
Mesh filter sock By Reef Reaper on 6/5/2017Reef Reaper would recommend this product to a friendA very nice product and it makes cleaning a breeze! I mix the mesh socks with the felt socks.
Best filter sock By Juken on 2/3/2017Juken would recommend this product to a friendLove these socks easy to clean and don's clog up in your sump.
Felt storm By Jerry on 2/2/2017Jerry wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI wanted to like these for the price, but I know have tiny pieces of felt blowing all through the tank from these economy socks. What a mess.
works well By Greg on 10/5/2016Greg would recommend this product to a friendI started using mesh a few months ago. This material is a bit lighter and thinner than my others, but seems well made. Used and washed a few times now and holding up well..
Makes for a lot more work. By Happyjackson on 9/20/2016Happyjackson wouldn't recommend this product to a friendNot impressed at all, I purchased four of these for comparison to traditional felt filter socks. I've been running the felt filter socks for years now. Before I purchased the mesh socks I had very little detritus in the sump. As other reviewers state there is detritus all over the place down there. While these may snag all the big stuff the mesh does not polish the water. The mesh socks simply let more crud pass through than felt socks do. That will collect and build up in the sump. I will toss these into storage for use in an emergency and go back to felt socks.
Good sock By Treasure Coast on 9/18/2016Treasure Coast would recommend this product to a friendWorks great, good price and free delivery.
Easy to clean By Victoria on 6/7/2016Victoria would recommend this product to a friendEasier to clean than felt sock, so I actually clean it out more offten.
My go to filter sock By Matthew on 5/8/2016Matthew would recommend this product to a friendThese are the only filter socks that I use anymore. They are nice and thick, but are easily turned inside out for cleaning. Very durable.
Good mesh sock By Yak on 12/21/2015Yak would recommend this product to a friendI came from the felt sock world like everyone else, thought I'd try these.
My tank has a huge bioload with an eel a puffer and a tang, so felt socks clogged after a day. Not these. I like them because it catches the larger particles, and anything smaller probably gets caught by my protein skimmer or whatever. The quality on these is real nice and smooth and shiny too if that makes sense.
They work but the felt ones are better By Jon on 12/12/2015Jon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThey work well and if you have issues with your filter socks clogging frequently then I would recommend them. But thy don't collect as much stuff as the felt ones.
Outstanding product By Chris on 11/19/2015Chris would recommend this product to a friendThis sock does not clog, is so much easier to clean than felt socks and I have not had any durability issues. I have not noticed any changes in water quality and my tank looks visually the same. I am very pleased with my purchase at BRS.
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The Red Sea Reefer Socks are 4.5" in diameter and most other filter socks including our BRS brand ones will just fall straight through. You may want to make an adapter plate to accept a standard 4" filter sock. You should be able to make an adapter out of a piece of acrylic and a wholesale.
The 4" filter socks will fit perfectly! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
All of our filter socks are 200 micron.
They are made from polyester.
You sure can! I personally think the mesh ones are a bit easier to clean then the felt, though you will probably get more cycles out of the felt as its a bit more durable material.