Cleaning Filter Socks?

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    Has anyone ever run one of their filter socks through the washing machine? I regularly rinse mine out w/ every water change, but I've noticed it clogs more quickly these days than before (and no other changes to the tank), so I'm thinking it needs a stronger cleaning....
     
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    Personally I wouldn't do that, because then all the leftover gunk will be in the washing machine, which is where my clothes will go.
     
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    Most people run through the washing machine with plain bleach, no detergents.
    Let air dry.
     
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    I turn mine inside out, rinse it off good with the garden hose and then run them through the wash machine. I have prolly half a dozen so I wait till I have most of them are dirty so I don't run the washer for just one.
     
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    Why do all that when all you really need is good flow and a protein skimmer? :mrgreen:

    Every time I thought about running a sock or other mechanical filtration. I started thinking about all the coral food I was removing from the water column.
     
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    The hose I have from my HOB overflow box isn't quite long enough to flow below the water line of my sump, and without the filter sock my office sounds like a waterfall and I get a ton of splashing and salt creep! I know, just go get a longer hose.... some day I will.

    Do you run it through an extra rinse cycle or use a dechlorinator afterwards?

    I'd obviously rinse the gunk out first! I'm thinking that there is more of a build-up in the mesh that has occurred over time rather than just the typical gunk. The sock is now about 6 months old so it makes sense it would build up over time!
     
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    It catches my stupid clownfish every time he goes down the overflow! :grumble: :mrgreen:
     
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    Nope. They go straight from the bucket in my fish room to the washing machine. If there was any bleach left over afterwards it will dissipate as they dry.
     
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    when i put mine in the washer i put it on warm water and never use soap with it. i really just wash it out and let it dry in the wash room.
     
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    since were on the topic of filter sock. would it be ok for it to be more than 3/4 under water? is it still doing anything? thanks
     
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    Yep. It'll still work just fine. The sock is designed to trap detritus while letting water pass through.
     
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    Ok wasn't sure if it would benefit being almost all the way under water. Thanks yote.
     
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