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    Washing Filter Socks?

    I've been washing them in the machine, large load with 1/2 cup bleach. Then I'll run them through another rinse cycle. They get several weeks of air dry time before use.
    Should I be rinsing them again in RO/DI water? I'm noticing my SB breaks out in what I believe to be diatoms, 2-3 days after replacing the socks. Which is strange because it's only the DT SB where this is happening.
    I am running carbon/purigen in a reactor.
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    When I used filter socks and needed to clean them, I tossed them in the washer with a load of white clothes with bleach.
    After, a soak in tap water with a strong dechlorinator solution.
    That was about it.

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    Maybe that the issue. Not using a dechlorinator? What do you use Marty?
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    Just API Tap Water Conditioner.

    I use bleach a lot for different things, so I get the largest dechlorinator size I can find.
    There use to be one called Start Right, that I liked. Was sold in a one gallon ( 9 lb.) container.

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    One would think with a few weeks of dry time any remaining chlorine would have dissipated. >_>

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    I would have thought so too. Hence the double rinse and dry time. But I'm trying a process of elimination. Wth is causing what I believe to be a diatom bloom?
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    Vinegar will neutralize chlorine, I've read about people adding it to the washer where the fabric softener goes so its done before the final rinse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryphon View Post
    One would think with a few weeks of dry time any remaining chlorine would have dissipated. >_>

    Usually 24 hours is all it takes for the chlorine to dissipate.
    But it is instantaneous with a dechlorinator.

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    Would silicates show up on a TDS meter? No right?
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    Only at high pH
    Some stuff from Randy here
    http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...98&postcount=3
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfinn View Post
    Usually 24 hours is all it takes for the chlorine to dissipate.
    But it is instantaneous with a dechlorinator.
    Yeah I know that, I was referring to Nana's comment about air drying them for several weeks.

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