Just a follow up on this, my tank has never been this clear plus i dont have to touch the filters all day just clean them out when I get home. Thanks everyone was a great advantage switching to the socks!
I think this method would work great for keeping shad. It would certainly get rid of the big particulate matter in the tank and seems rather easy.
My questions are: 1. Will the bags fall off as they become clogged? 2. Does anybody know the sieve size of the bags in microns? 3. Has anybody used this method successfully overnight? 4. Will these bags make muddy water clear?
Since I like to make drinking water quality water in my tank, which by the way does not help the shad in any manner, I like to use multiple sieve size filters and charcoal. However, if all I wanted to do was keep shad alive, this technique looks promising to me. Most importantly, this technique looks simple and seems easy to use.
Hi Yam - been using tube socks for about a year now and have been very happy.
Will the bags fall off - mine never have - as mentioned I use generic dollar store tube socks with a bag of carbon stuffed in 1 sock and some of the efhix media stuffed into the other one. I typically change the socks and put fresh ones on once per day and my water will definitely clear up as the day goes on and the socks will turn brown and be slime coated on the inside....a quick rinse and a few hours for them to dry and they are ready to re-use.
I still change my water about once per day if the water starts to get that bait odor to it.
I see 20 micron filters out there for pretty cheap - $6.99 each....but I'll keep using the tube socks as they have worked just fine so far....just looks a little funny lol.
And as mentioned I use the rubberized twist ties to hold the socks on in the gap made between my PVC T and the PVC elbow that makes a downspout if you will and they stay on no issues.
Wonder how well the socks would work with some zeolite dumped into each. Different setup, but I use a sock full of zeolite, flattened to fit, in the box filter of my grayline (beneath the top layers of poly media) -- and it seems to be a good addition for helping to keep the water clear and the ammonia in check.
It does clear muddy water up to crystal clear only draw back is the shad can definitely see me trying to net them now in the tank. I will look back at what micron the filters are and let you know. I have not had one fall off as they get clogged up water just comes further up the sock, by far the best material i have used tank stayed very clear all day!
This is what my tank looked like Friday evening....i cleaned my sock filters late saturday and didnt do any water changes and my remaining half dizen baits were still healthy and going strong sunday afternokn when the tank was emptied and I headed home.
The socks have completely upgraded my tank...which is an early xtreme so the filter system I started with certainly wasnt the best.
I dont recall where I got the rubberized twist - it was a roll of about 6 feet of it and I just cut these off. I know Lowes/home Depot carry something similar that have ballf of rubber on the end of each one called gear ties I believe.
Mine looks the same, the socks really work great, i was changing the old filter material out after a few hours we never made it to long and if i was riding around trying to find a school i would loose a pile of bait, filter would stop up and i couldn't hear it! The socks i don't even look at the filters!