What is Mechanical Filtration in an Aquarium
Mechanical filtration serves the simple function of removing visible particulate matter from the water column in a saltwater aquarium and delivering it to a point were it is easily removed during regular Aquarium Maintenance and /or where it can be broken down into less toxic end products. Dallas Aquarium Experts recommends “Berlin” style sumps which are the most common type and are highly recommended when providing proper aquarium maintenance for saltwater aquariums and reef tanks . These sumps contain a micron filter sock in the first stage which is designed to catch debris. Filter socks should be changed out and replaced at each aquarium service.
The Importance of Filter Socks in Saltwater Aquarium Maintenance
Filter socks are used as an effective first stage of an aquariums filtration process and should be placed so that water coming from the tank filters into the filter sock first removing uneaten food, detritus, organic waste, dust and other small particulates from aquarium water. This dramatically improve water quality and reduce maintenance on pumps, reduced sump cleaning and less impact on the biological filtration by removing the excessive waste that would otherwise break down in the system. The routine use and rotation of filter socks will help reduce ammonia and nitrate producing organic waste from accumulating.
How many times can I clean and reuse a filter bag?
Aquarium filter socks are designed for one time use. Attempting to clean a filter sock will stretch the material. Some holes will get bigger and allow particles to get through. Other holes will get smaller, plug up faster, and start removing things from the product that are supposed to stay in it.
Why aren’t my aquarium filter socks lasting as long as they used to?
Usually because they are working harder. Bag life is limited by the amount of debris captured, not by hours in service or gallons processed. Filter socks on aquarium with a low biological load may clean water for up to four weeks but most need to be changed out every two weeks, some may be up to once per week. A filter sock can appear clean to the naked eye and still be full of particles that are too small to see.
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