- DeskTop 10/20 Filter Sock w/ Custom Holder - Innovative Marine
Custom Molded Filter Socks for Innovative Marine All-in-One Aquariums.
- Nuvo 4, 8 & 16
- Fusion 10 & 20
- Atoll 12
- Peninsula 14 & 20
- Concept Abyss 20
- Lagoon 25
Dimensions - 3.875" L x 2.25" W x 9.75" H
Innovative Marine has created their own custom molded filter socks that fit their line of all-in-one aquariums. The filter socks hang perfectly in the flow of water coming through the weirs to keep detritus from getting trapped within other filtration components, as well as polishing the water for a crystal clear display. The molded hangers simply sit on the rim of the aquarium for easy installation and removal. Between filter socks and running a good quality carbon in a reactor crystal clear water is easily obtainable.
Note: Please rinse all filter socks in RO or RO/DI water before use
Filter socks are molded directly to the hanger and are not replaceable.
Excellent Product, Easy to Clean By Richard on 1/28/2019Richard would recommend this product to a friendI use two of these socks in my IM 25 Lagoon at all times and swap them out every two days as part of my nitrate and phosphate control scheme (exporting detritus before it breaks down). For efficiency sake I wash them in batches of six. They turn inside out easily when wet which process becomes even easier with each subsequent washing. I soak 'em in a bleach and water solution for 12 hours, rinse in fresh water, then soak for several hours in fresh water spiked with a capful of Seachem Prime to eliminate residual Chlorine. Air dry. Whole process takes 15 minutes labor to complete for six filter socks. I'm still using all of my original socks and have yet to wear one out! These capture much more detritus than filter floss pads placed in the top of a media rack - I've used both methods of mechanical filtration extensively and these filter socks unquestionably do a superior job.
Works as advertised By Adam on 6/29/2018Adam would recommend this product to a friendYes, it is a filter sock so some maintenance is required. Yes, they clog quickly which isn't a bad thing necessarily. The more often you change/clean the sock the better for your system. By changing out the sock so frequently, it doesn't give the crap trapped in your sock to break down into the nitrates/phosphates we battle to keep out of our systems.
Cleaning these socks can be tedious and for that I only give four stars. The design makes it difficult, not impossible, to turn them inside out to properly rinse them clean.
So all in all, it works as designed. If you don't like cleaning socks, this is not for you.
Who cleans filter socks? By Stanley on 3/6/2018Stanley wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWaaaay too expensive for something that has to be changed every week. And there are two of them in the fusion 25.
Hard to clean, but works when cleaned properly By Reeferon on 7/15/2017Reeferon would recommend this product to a friendThese socks get a bad rep because they are not the best of designs. They work fairly well when you clean them properly.
To clean them I sit them in a cup of a bleach and water mixture overnight. Then I clean them from the outside with a jet water spray (a shower head or a kitchen sink spray will suffice) I then let them dry in a sunny window sill to evaporate some of the residual bleach. It's a cumbersome process, but it works!
Wicked hard to clean By Roger Reef on 7/2/2017Roger Reef wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAlmost impossible to turn inside out to clean and too expensive to throw out.
Use innovative marine sponges instead By Rob on 5/26/2017Rob wouldn't recommend this product to a friendRead summary. These clog up for me and overflow every three days.
Easy to use but hard to clean. By Brandon on 5/16/2017Brandon would recommend this product to a friendWorks great as a filter sock but when it comes to cleaning these are a pain and not worth the time and effort. The material is slightly different than your standard 4" or 7" filter sock and doesn't rinse well. However, it does work and works well for what it is. Just throw in a bag of chemipure and go.
Kinda works By Devon on 1/30/2017Devon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe nuvo tanks were obviouly not designed to use this sock. The socks were designed to sort of fit where the media basket should go. Basically the sock is mostly submerged so it overflows very easily.alsoitmust be pished right up against the overflow or the water misses it completely. It can get into a bad position easily.
Also they are hard to clean.The black plastic part makes it diffuclt to turn inside out and blocks part of it in the wash.
I only use them because, unfortunately, there is no other option, and they work "ok" when clean, new, and properly positioned.
Good product By jhmeresqu on 8/26/2016jhmeresqu would recommend this product to a friendEasy to install in my Nano Fusion 10, keeps my water crystal clear and clean.
Great product! By Edward on 7/6/2016Edward would recommend this product to a friendI use these on my 45 gallon rimless JBJ tank with great results. they polish and clean the water, I change mine every 2 days. easy to clean with garden hose, inside out and return to tank or soak in bleach over night clean with clean water air dry and good to go!
They get the job done. By Jay on 3/3/2016Jay would recommend this product to a friendI love the socks. Sure you have to change them often but you get clear pristine water. I have six socks right now, planning on getting two more. I've had these socks now for four months. Still going strong. I first thought the construction on the filter socks to the plastic hanger would separate over time. I've have no problems turning them inside out washing them in the sink. Reverse water flow though the socks with hot water cleans the socks without sticking them in the washer. Every now and then just let them soak with a couple of tbsps of REGULAR bleach in a gallon of water (RODI). Rinse and let them dry. Sure you have the up front cost but they last a long time.
Better than baskets, but still need improvements By Lisa on 1/9/2016Lisa would recommend this product to a friendI have an IM Nuvo 38 gallon tank. The included basket system is junk...so just get that out from day one. No really, leave it in the box.
I had originally replaced the baskets on both sides with bioballs for their ability to fill the chambers halfway and biological pass thru. I had these topped with bonded pad cut tightly to catch detritus and the pads were changed weekly. This worked well enough, but I always had an issue with my nano fish and pipefish going thru the slots and dying due to stress and suffocation on the bonded pads. So when IM introduced the socks and the small fish guards I ordered both from BRS. The guards have worked great keeping fish out of the back, but yes they have to be cleaned every so often (like everything else) and due constrict flow.
As for the filter socks. I'll take one star off because they are very dense at 200 micron and will begin to overflow in my tank by day 3. This would be a simple fix for IM because I prefer the socks to both those lame baskets and even my DIY bioball solution. For now tho, I simply change the socks every two days and clean once I have six dirty. This of course requires several pairs which is costly upfront. My first concern in making this investment was the quality of the socks over time...would they hold up to cleaning?
I throw six of them at a time into the wash machine with hot water/bleach only for a cycle and then another cycle of Declor (1/4 cup). The socks then go sit in the sun for a day to dry. Been doing this for years with my larger reef. As for the sock quality they have held up just fine after 6 months of use. Cleaning twice a month in the wash.
So I agree they need to change the micron size and I'd even like to see them a little longer as I like to toss my carbon and GFO bags in there too.