Filter Floss

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  1. SIMS

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    Hi all,

    Drained my sump today and man what alot of debrits I have removed - this must be one of the major causes for my algae issues.

    I plan to run skimmer outlet and both return outlets through filter floss before the water gets a chance to go into the sump.

    Will this help in future debrits build ups?

    How often with the have to be cleaned and/or changed?
     
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    yes the floss does help.i usualy change my floss every 3 days
     
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    Can you give me a pic so I can see how you do it?
     
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    i not at home at the moment.on holiday.but its quite simple.im my case i have an external overflow box,with eggcrate,so what i do is simply just place floss on my eggcrate,so as the water flows it pases through the floss and into the piping,down to the the sump :)
     
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    I use plastic pegs to attach the filter floss onto the baffle between my skimmer compartment and my DSB, change it twice a week, and boy it takes out a lot of muck.
     
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    it's not only taking out a lot of muck, it's also taking out a lot of beneficial critters, well in my opinion anyway
     
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    very possible, never thought of this. However my dsb is after the floss where all the critters grow.
     
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    Man that's a good point dean, I put some on from first chamber to second and I can not belive the amount of crap it has stopper, I will run the floss until my algae issues are fixed.
     
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    I have found filter socks to be a good alternative

    They are reusable and easy to clean.
     
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    What are filter socks?
     
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    Hi SIMS

    Filter socks look like a small white sock they are used more overseas than in SA.
    I find unlike filter floss you can easily see what is in the sock before you clean it i always find small snails, amphipods and other good things in the sock which i return to the tank. They come in different micron ratings.I think once you have used filter socks you will never use the floss again.
     
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    Ok do you put the sock on the skimmer and on the inlets to the sump?

    can I get these at the LFS?
     
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    I have a AM 5000 Shorty Skimmer which has 2 outlet pipes going into my sump i place
    2 filter socks on the outlets. I have a third lower flow outlet which runs into my refugium and dsb i leave this outlet without any filtration which i find beneficial to my refugium.
     
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    Ok thanks I think i'll try these...
     

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