Do you sock it or skim it?

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How many sock do you use , where are they, and how do you clean them?

Poll closed Jun 21, 2016.
  1. 2 socks at the drains

    13.3%
  2. 1 sock after the skimmer

    6.7%
  3. 7" sock are better

    10.0%
  4. 4" sock are better

    6.7%
  5. Washed in the machine, then soaked in RO water

    20.0%
  6. Soacked in javex , rinced , then vinegar, then RO water

    3.3%
  7. Only soaked in vinegar, and RO water.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. I don't use a sock at all, only skimmer.

    73.3%
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  1. Mudbeaver

    Mudbeaver Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I'm in the process of setting up my plumbing and a debate has occur within the club i'm in. Where do you put your sock? At the end of your drains, or at the end of your skimmers. Whats the relevance?

    I for one ; i paid my dam skimmer $500, so i'm going to let it skimm his little heart out!!!! I'm not about to upstage it, with a $10 , 200micron sock that i'll have to wash all the time, i have enough laundry. So it'll be at the end of the skimmer who's suppose to skimm and i'll also know the skimmer's performance. You might have another angle i haven't consider. Which is?
     
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  3. pizza101

    pizza101 Flamingo Tongue

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    No socks on my tank. I put some filter floss over where the sock usually goes. i cut it down to size and place it there and when done throw it away:) couldn't be happier. I had socks before and just got tired of the lengthy cleaning process.
     
  4. Toallhisdoom

    Toallhisdoom Dragon Wrasse

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    To much extra maintenance. Like you said i paid $250 for a beast skimmer not gonna waste my time cleaning a sock lol
     
  5. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Neither one. I use GAC to help lower DOCs and let nature take it's course. :D

    Some particulates can crash the foam head in your skimmer, periodically causing it to stop functioning properly, so if you're going to use a sock (or any other mechanical media), I'd suggest placing it on the drain outlet to achieve the maximum benefits. However, many folks are happier without the additional maintenance.
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Sponge here.
     
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  7. FaceOfDeceit

    FaceOfDeceit Hockey Beard

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    No socks. Skimmer, pellets and snails in sump.
     
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  9. Thatgrimguy

    Thatgrimguy Flying Squid

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    Skimmer, no socks. Never liked them. I only use them when doing maintenance.

    So, if I take a turkey baster to the rocks, I'm going to run a sock before I start until the next day. Also, since I'm running BB I'll take a sock and put it in the sump then siphon from the display into the sump through the sock to get any nasties that have collected.
     
  10. Mudbeaver

    Mudbeaver Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Thats interesting i was not aware of such particulate, very interesting. Do you have an example that be cool to know, thanks.:)
     
  11. N00ZE

    N00ZE Eyelash Blennie

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    Skimmer only, Socks are a hassel and are one of those things that are usually left longer than they should which then create problems for me.

    I'd rather clean debris out of sump every week or two than change socks every 3 days.

    Plus I have a +1 skimmer for my setup.
     
  12. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    Great information here Mud. Good idea on the poll!