pool gobbler sock advice needed pls

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  1. JDV

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    Morning all

    Need advice, how can I attach a pool gobbler sock to my overflow pipe?
     
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    Cable ties:thumbup:
     
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    Cool, thanks was thinking of that, just wanted to confirm.
     
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    and what are you going to do when the sock blocks up? Flood your display?

    make sure the sock can overflow.
     
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    Ok cool, will do thanks for the good advice,
     
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    I dont have the pics but what i did was attach a bracket to the back of the tank or wherever u can find a spot.

    Attach the sock to the upside down end of a cut open 2L bottle or whatever. The bottle end is connected to the aforementioned bracket. So the sock suspends downwards with the waterflowing into the top. The outer rim of the sock will thus be lying over the edge of the bottle.

    This way it can clog and flow into the sump if needed. And also quick to remove and clean.
     
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    How often do I have to replace the sock?
     
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    Every 2 -3 days just rinse it. You can add filter floss if u like, but it can get gnarly, so needs to be replaced often
     
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    ok cool, thanks
     
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    I have made a perspex bracket for mine (have my own laser cutter, so easy to do), BUT throw it away after a week, as Riaan said, it gets clogged and did once flood my tank. It's cheap enough to replace once a week (works on my 300l system)
     
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    I rinsed my sock twice a week, added new floss everytime. That is until i found it caused more work and problems for me.

    Now i dont have a sock and im happy i chucked it
     
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    A question for your @rakabos, since you have removed the filter sock what have you observed?

    Increased nutrients?
    Increased ditrius in the sump?
    Increased skimmer activity?

    The reason I ask is I clean mine every day, besides the fact its a PITA I find it gets extremely dirty and am surprised at the gunk it catches in such a short period of time.
     
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    Well i added a massive skimmer. The one pump is right where the inlet is so it sucks everything into the skimmer.

    But prior to that with the smaller skimmer and no sock, i did see some more detritus in the inlet chamber, but its to be expected.

    The problem with the sock is that it obviously traps particles including fish poo etc. So your water clarity improves but guess what the nice clear water constantly runs through this nice filthy sock. So if u ask me its probably best not to have one. If you have a way of clearing out the detritus in the inlet chamber another way it will help with parameters. Plumbing your inlet into your skimmer would be the ideal solution i reckon but not very easy to do at all.
     
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    Interesting... I have been playing around with the idea of removing mine and just siphoning the sump during water changes. I to was thinking what happens to the water when it is filtered through a dirty filter sock, surely it just puts the crap back into the water...
     
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    do you have a DSB? it does need some food, especially if you want to see copepods running around.

    My opinion, not all water should go into the skimmer. Some dirty water with particles should go to the DSB. For the copepods and worms. But your flow across the DSB must be right. And that flow will prevent excess settlement.
     
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    Nope no DSB running Zeovit :)
     
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    I personally dont permanantly run filter socks except for when I do tank maintenance by kicking up gravel, blasting rocks etc to trap the dirt so I can remove it. A large skimmer as mentioned does help to keep floaties out the water and carbon helps polish the water to keep it nice and clear.

    The disadvantage to filter floss or socks besides the maintenance and floods, is that it hinders the free flow of pods from your tank to your sump
     
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    Hi all thanks for all the info, I think I am going to skip the filter sock idea, already had on tank flood “Tank burst at the seam” one more flood an me and the tank will be out the door never mind in the dog house.;)
     
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    Interesting view, I am running a filter sock and carbon reactor and still have floating in the DT not sure if its Micro bubbles from the return line or fine sand from the sand shifters.....

    What was the thinking behind the filter sock anyway?

    Surely all the trapped cr@p creates a nitrate trap....
     
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    I kick up my gravel and blast the rocks, attach the filter socks then remove them after a few hours so that the socks have time to trap all the dirt. You will always get a few floaties but I dont stress about them
     
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