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mike810
08/17/2017, 12:30 AM
Hey guys,

I'm having an issue with my filter socks. I have 200 micron felt socks. The first time I tried to clean them, I used a pressure washer and let it sun dry before trying to use them again. When putting them back into the sump, it seems like they were now water proof and would actually float, unlike when the socks were new would instantly absorb the water and seat nicely in the sock holder.

So I went a different route and this time, threw them in the washer with some bleach and an extra rinse cycle. Once they were done in the washer, I took them back out to dry in the sun to gas off any left over chlorine. Tried putting them back into the sump tonight and same issue, they seem water proof, would not soak up the water and float.

What do you guys think the problem is and how to resolve it? I literally have over 50 felt socks that I can't use.

prsnlty
08/17/2017, 12:36 AM
Did you try pre wetting them? I wash mine in the washing machine just like you do. Are you washing them in hot water? It is best if you do. Sometimes mine act like they're floating to so I just push them down in the water for a few seconds until they absorb it.

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mike810
08/17/2017, 02:57 AM
Did you try pre wetting them? I wash mine in the washing machine just like you do. Are you washing them in hot water? It is best if you do. Sometimes mine act like they're floating to so I just push them down in the water for a few seconds until they absorb it.

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I have four socks to change in the first sock compartment so I'm having to hold all four down for a good while and leave a piece of PVC pipe in there to keep them down. If I remove the pipe, they will float back up again.

fishyguy7
08/17/2017, 04:45 AM
They do not want to take on water very well after having been washed. Just submerge them in the sump for a few seconds and they are good to go.

der_wille_zur_macht
08/17/2017, 07:43 AM
Drop them in a bowl of water or in the kitchen sink 10 minutes before you want to swap them. If you're doing other tank maintenance, just do this first then do everything else and they will be wetted out when you need them.

Clowning_Around
08/17/2017, 12:36 PM
Simple solution and cheap for you. Go to dollar store and grab 1 pack of the glass marbles ppl use in glass flower pots for decorative faux arrangements. Clean them and place a few in each sock to force them to sink, then the flow will take its course.

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five.five-six
08/17/2017, 01:20 PM
I always bleached my socks, i think presure washigh might open up the 200 micron holes.

Lsufan
08/17/2017, 07:08 PM
Are they still floating with the system running? I wash mine in the washer & they float when I first put them in. I push them down in the water then lift them back up, put them in place again & they are a lot better but they do still have a tendency to lift up some until I turn the system back on. Once the water starts flowing through them they are fine.

mike810
08/17/2017, 07:41 PM
Thank for the replies! They float even when the system is running, I rarely turn off the return pump. I like the idea of just soaking them in the sump first prior to changing out the socks.

ericarenee
08/17/2017, 09:00 PM
i wash mine in washing machine with Hot water and bleach. I run a extra rinse cycle and let them air dry . I have no real issue with them trying to float.

Maybe its the brand you are using?

Orm Embar
08/18/2017, 01:18 AM
Why not try mesh socks instead of felt? I found mine to rinse out easily under the tap, and didn't need to wash them

mike810
08/18/2017, 03:35 AM
Not sure what is going on but I may switch to mesh. This becoming a hassle. I put in washed socks last night and tonight, they're already starting to clog. I wash them just like everyone else. Washed with some bleach, hot water and extra rinse cycle. Then dry in the sun to gas off any excess chlorine. I have over 50 socks and turning them all inside out to wash is such a big hassle.

fishyguy7
08/18/2017, 06:57 AM
I wash 6 at a time in my washer. I wash on the heavy duty cycle with hot water,bleach and the extra rinse cycle. Then I turn them inside out and wash them once more the same way. It may be overkill but they come out looking like new every time. I really have no idea why yours are floating like they do.

Clowning_Around
08/18/2017, 07:05 AM
See the picture in my diy sump post of my build thread, these are the glass marbles I was referring to in my earlier post.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?p=25157840

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homer1475
08/21/2017, 08:21 AM
i wash mine in washing machine with Hot water and bleach. I run a extra rinse cycle and let them air dry . I have no real issue with them trying to float.

Maybe its the brand you are using?

+1

I turn them inside out, rinse in the sink, then toss in a bucket of bleach and water. they then sit for about 2 or so weeks until I have enough to run a cycle on the washing machine.

The only thing I do different is on the second rinse cycle I add a couple cap fulls of prime just to make sure no bleach is left.

I use BRS 200 micron felt socks and have never had a problem of them floating after washing.

It could be the brand you are using?

duncanpate1
08/21/2017, 03:24 PM
I had the same issue so I threw them out & never looked back!!


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mike810
08/21/2017, 08:26 PM
Cheap no brand china socks. 50 plus socks with no use as they float like crazy. I switched to mesh. We shall see how they hold up after the first wash with the garden hose.

Lsufan
08/21/2017, 09:01 PM
I think it may have been the brand of socks that u where using. Once they are wet they shouldn't float. About half of my socks came form BRS & the other half from McMaster Carr & I don't have issues with eighther. U may find u like the mesh better but I prefer the felt.

mike810
08/21/2017, 10:56 PM
I very much prefer the felt variety but I am limited on the brands of filter socks I can choose from. I have a royal exclusive dreambox and their 4" socks are in metric. So I would have to buy mesh socks from them at $11+ each! They also don't carry felt socks. So I had to source my socks elsewhere and those were the only felt socks I could find that fit the dreambox. I found some mesh socks that fit and are cheaper but like before, it's a no name brand so I'll see how these hold up.

fishyguy7
08/22/2017, 03:06 AM
Check McMaster Carr

mike810
08/22/2017, 03:20 AM
I didn't see an option for metric sizes so they most likely will not fit my dreambox.