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DonW

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I'm feeling really dumb. For the past few months Ive been trying everything to get some sort of coral growth (my old tank did great). All my acro frags would bleach out and die for no apparent reason. My ca is 450, alk 12, salinity 35 and temp is 80 all very stable. I tried many new test kits, moving lights up and down, new bulbs, bigger skimmer, bigger pumps, rotating outputs, rowa, carbon, kalk and no kalk,$$$$$.
This past fri I did a water change and tossed the dirty sock in the waste water and forgot to dump it. The next morning my bucket was was full of life. At least 100 baby snails, the blue bucket wall was almost white with all the pods. This sock was in the sump for only a day.

The sock has not been used for three full days now. My blue crocea's are now blue again instead of brown. All the Digitatas have white grow-out tips. The teal acro is regaining its color instead of white. All three lps are fully open, the green brain has never been open during the day. A 3" patch of zenia poped up. The one patch of cyno I had died off in one night. My glass is now covered in pods like it was in my old tank. My ORP is climbing 10mv per day steady.
My guess is that every night when the tank got active, the high flow would just wash every small life form into the sock. They would breed but could'nt escape. Since it was used since day one no real populations could build.

Don :)
 

jlehigh

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That's a trip Don!!!! I am rarely surprised after umpteen hrs of thread reading but that is nuts! I'm glad your back to a healthy system!
 

Macbeth417

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DonW,

I too am against constant running of filter socks on the drain line. I will put one on once a week or so when I hose down the rocks and kick up detritus, but outside of that, I find far too many pods in there to leave it on, and imagine all the shrimp eggs and planktors that get caught up in those socks.

-Erik
 

DonW

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I really should have figured this out months ago. I have a few 5 micron, a few 10 micron and one 100 micron. I was just using them randomly, when the 100 micron was being used everything seemed to perk up a little. Then I'd go back to the 5 or ten.

Don
 

mojoreef

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Same here Don I only use my sock when the water gets a bit to turbid, then its on for maybe a day or two max. Running them constant IMHO is a bit to much.


Mike
 

Curtswearing

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Don,

I'm curious what micron size the sock was. If it was a 1 or 5, then that might be too much but I would think that the higher micron socks should be fine.
 

DonW

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Curtswearing said:
Don,

I'm curious what micron size the sock was. If it was a 1 or 5, then that might be too much but I would think that the higher micron socks should be fine.

Curt,
Mine are 5 and 10, I have one 100.

Don
 

NaH2O

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Interesting observation, Don - Thanks for posting your discovery! I have been running 5 micron filter socks on my tank since set-up, however, for initial set-up I think the pros far out weigh the cons when dealing with uncured live rock. I will for sure only use as needed after the nastiness clears out of my tank...grrrr. I am happy to report a tank full of pods that I happily watch when lights are out :). Just out of curiousity, how often were you switching them out? *oops, never mind, I just noticed you said the sock was in the sump for only a day*
 
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