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Alternative to Filter Socks in Sump?

Right now I have 2 filter socks setup in my sump, one for each overflow. Only after a few days, (2) they are flowing over the top. What can I use as Alternative? I assume I would just fill area with some filter sponge and some type of floss, then just run PVC into it?
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Not sure I'd want to switch the socks out for sponges if there is that much crud collecting in them.. What is filling them so quickly? You can just run without them. The crud will them dirty your sump and just break down as things would inside a canister.

Never understood why people disliked socks. They're pretty quick to change and get a ton of crud out of the tank easily.


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Not sure I'd want to switch the socks out for sponges if there is that much crud collecting in them.. What is filling them so quickly? You can just run without them. The crud will them dirty your sump and just break down as things would inside a canister.

Never understood why people disliked socks. They're pretty quick to change and get a ton of crud out of the tank easily.

Not that I dislike them or mind to switch them out, but I am going on vacation for 12 days. So you think for those 12 days I should just pull them out? The tank itself is clear as can be.
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Not that I dislike them or mind to switch them out, but I am going on vacation for 12 days. So you think for those 12 days I should just pull them out? The tank itself is clear as can be.
Oh yeah. Totally pull them for the vacation. Then you can simply vacuum out any debris left loose in the sump when you return.


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u'll find with higher oxygen levels. the crud breaks down pretty quick... the bottom of my sump stays pretty clean
my cannister kept getting filled with the crud

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What Micron are you using? I know we jsut had a group buy on the local salt forum and I picked up 30 filter socks I'm thinking 200 micron for $80

You could even get some mesh bags for when you are out of town which shouldn't clog up as fast.

http://aquariumfilterbags.com/products.htm

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