You want the water to flow through your regular filter pad
first to trap the larger particles before the water flows through the polishing
pad. This will keep your pad lasting longer before it needs to be cleaned or
We have many customers who use our polishing pads
in their hang on the back filters. Since the polishing pad has a very tight
fiber network it will slow the water flow down. Obviously as it traps debris
the water will continue to slow. The polishing pad should be used after the
water flows through a filter cartridge or filter pad like our Premium dual
density pad to remove larger debris keeping the polishing pad from clogging up
too quickly. The benefit is our polishing pads produce super clear water.
You want the water to flow through your regular
filter pad first to trap larger particles before the water flows through the
polishing pad. This will keep your pad lasting longer before it needs to be
cleaned or replaced.
You want the water to flow through the soft side
of our Polishing pad first. The side of the felt pad which feels rough to the
touch has been heat treated to keep fibers from migrating or pilling after
Yes, you can use a coarse foam pad and then the 100 micron polishing pad. If your aquarium water is clear of free floating particles you may not need the 50 micron filter pad. If you still desire or need the 50 micron filter pad the order you said is correct
Our water polishing pads trap very fine debris and can clog up quickly depending on how they are used. Placing your water polishing pad below another filter pad like our Classic Bonded Pad where water flows through the Classic pad first, then the polishing pad can last up to a 1 to 2 weeks before cleaning is required. With that said, a polishing pad used alone can clog up as quickly as 24 to 48 hours. You know it is time to change the pad when you see water flowing around the pad instead of through it.
It is best to run the water through our Premium or Classic filter pad before water passes through our polishing pad. If water flows well through your filter using our premium or classic filter pad by itself then you will need to slow the flow rate of the water passing through the pad. Hopefully your water pump has a valve to slow the water flow so water will pass through the polishing pad.
When you are not polishing your water you can turn the pump flow back up if you like. Polishing pads have such a tight weave they cannot handle large volumes of water at once. Since most hobbyists use powerheads to circulate aquarium water you do not need a high flow rate going through your wet dry filter. Depending on your system, slowing the flow rate can make your mechanical, biological and chemical filtration more effective. Please let us know if you have any more questions.
Our premium pads do a wonderful job of keeping
aquarium water crystal clear but it may not be the best option with your
Aquaclear 50. The Aquaclear sponge does remove particles from the water but its
other function is to grow beneficial bacteria which breaks down fish waste,
excess fish food etc. These bacteria allow you fish to live in an aquarium and
not die in their own waste.
The sponge can be rinsed out every week or 2 in
de-chlorinated or old tank water to keep good bacteria alive. Then it can be
placed back in your filter. While our dual density premium pads can be rinsed
and reused to remove debris, they are not typically used as a biological part
of the filter. They make a great prefilter or mechanical filter with their job
being to remove large to fine particles from the water. Even though I love this
product and it does an amazing job of clarifying water, in your case if your
Aquaclear 50 is doing the job I would probably not change it.
Our Premium Dual Density filter pad traps both coarse and fine particles and can be used in most filters as the only mechanical filtration needed. Our 100 micron polishing pad is much thinner and is designed to be used to remove very fine particles from aquarium water. Hence it gives a polished looked to the water. Many hobbyists will use our Premium Dual Density pad and our polishing pad together in their filters. The aquarium water needs to flow through our premium pad first before entering the polishing pad allowing larger particles to be removed before flowing to the polish pad. This set up will increase the time before you will need to clean or change the polishing pad.
The process to make our premium rolls allows for
some variance in thickness as well as the material being compressed when packed
and shipped. Our factory is aiming for this premium pad to be 1/2' thick.
Our Premium filter pad is basically 2 pads in 1. The top layer traps coarse debris and the bottom layer has a dense fiber network which traps finer debris. The blue bonded filter pad has an open fiber weave which only traps coarse debris.
One pad thick should keep your aquarium water crystal clear.
With our aquarium service company we have never found it necessary to use more
than one of our dual density pads. We try to rinse the pad every week or every
other week depending on how heavy the livestock load is in the aquarium.
I am not sure what type of system you have.
Sponges trap a lot of waste along with being a good surface area to grow
beneficial bacteria. A better choice than a sponge would be to use bio balls or
ceramic rings placed after our Premium aquarium filter pad. These products
provide tons of surface area to grow beneficial bacteria while trapping very
little debris. Our filter pad will trap most of the debris going through it but
in some filters water can bypass our pad.
No, you do not need to remove our Premium filter pad when medicating your fish. Our filter pad does not remove any medication or other chemicals from the water. The pad only traps debris floating in the water.
Our 100 micron polishing pad will trap finer particles than our Premium filter pads. To extend the cleaning time of our 50 and 100 micron pads have the water flow first through our premium pad to trap fine to large particles.
You can rinse our Premium filter pad in a sink. As water flows through it you can gently squeeze it and you will see a bunch of trapped particles being rinsed out. Depending on your filtration it can be cleaned and reused a few times.
Our premium filter pads are designed to catch
large to very fine debris from aquarium water. Most ponds have a substantial
amount of floating debris and I think the pad may clog up rather quickly. Our
premium pad is very durable and can be rinsed and reused, but we have not
tested them in ponds.
Premium Dual Density Filter pads are designed to remove free floating particles.
To remove odor and color from aquarium water you will need to use a good grade
of activated carbon or charcoal. Here is a link to our carbon:
I am not sure if you are referring to poly
filter pads in general or if you are referring to the product poly-filter. Our
Premium dual density pad is designed to be used continuously to trap free
floating particles from aquarium water producing crystal clear water. The
poly-filter is a specialty filter pad treated to remove certain chemicals and
organics from water. We recommend our Premium Dual Density pad to trap
particles from the water and activated carbon (like our Premium Activated
Carbon) to eliminate odor and remove the yellowish tint (organics) from your
Our Premium Dual Density Filter pads are
designed to remove particles floating in the water. To remove odor and color
from aquarium water you will need to use a good grade of activated carbon.
Aqueon cartridges have a thin filter pad on the outside and carbon on the
inside. At this time we have not tested our thicker pad with a bag of carbon in
an Aqueon filter.
Our Classic Bonded Filter pads have an open fiber network
which traps small to large particles; our Premium Filter Pads have a layer to
trap small and large particles as well as a dense bottom layer which traps fine
particles. Classic pads keep most aquarium water clear and last much longer
between rinses and replacements. Premium pads will keep your water crystal
clear of free floating particles, but since it traps more debris from the
aquarium water, it may need to be rinsed and changed more often. For this
reason, many aquarists choose the Premium True Dual Density Filter Pad.
We have not had our Classic Bonded filter pad tested for its
micron rating since it has an open weave designed to trap coarse particles. If
you are looking for a filter pad to trap large to fine particles take a look at
our Premium True Dual Density Filter pad. You can also layer our Classic Bonded
filter pad with our Polishing Filter Pads, which removes very fine particles
from the water. These pads are available in 50 Micron and 100 Micron.
Our classic filter pad has open fiber construction. For
removing fine debris from the water, use our Premium True Dual Density Filter
Pad. The top layer is an open layer which traps larger debris, while the bottom
layer is a dense fiber network designed to trap fine particles.
All three pads are identical. The picture shows the front
and back of the pad. You can layer these Classic filter pads with our polishing
pad, this will allow large to very fine particles to be removed from the
Our Classic Bonded Filter pads have an open fiber network which traps small to large particles; our Premium Filter Pads have a layer to trap small and large particles as well as a dense bottom layer which traps fine particles. Classic pads keep most aquarium water clear and last much longer between rinses and replacements. Premium pads will keep your water crystal clear and free of free-floating particles; since it traps more debris from the aquarium water, it may need to be rinsed and changed more often. For this reason, many aquarists choose the Premium True Dual Density Filter Pad.
Our classic filter pad has open fiber construction. For removing fine debris from the water use our - Premium True Dual Density Filter Pad - 3 Pack - 24" by 12" by .75"- The top layer is an open layer which traps larger debris while the bottom layer is a dense fiber network designed to trap fine particles.
We have not had our Classic Bonded filter pad
tested for its micron rating; its open weave is designed to trap coarse
particles. If you are looking for a filter pad to trap large to fine particles
look at our Premium True Dual Density Filter pad. You can also layer our
Classic Bonded filter pad with our Polishing Filter Pads (available in 50
Micron and 100 microns).
We currently don't sell the Classic in 18 inches wide, but we do offer the Premium true dual density filter roll in 18" x 72", 18" x 12' and 18" x 24' here is the link if you want more information about this filter pad:
Premium True Dual Density Filter Roll - 18" by 72" by .75" to 1"
Our Classic filter pad has more of an open weave to trap large particles while our premium dual density filter pads' top layer has an open fiber construction to trap larger particles and the bottom layer's dense fiber network traps fine particles.
When you remove socks for cleaning, ensure they are empty by
shaking them out into a bucket. Since our method uses a washing machine, it is
more efficient to collect several sets of dirty socks from previous
Optional - run your washer in a hot rinse cycle to remove all soap residue
(normally only necessary in older machines).
Wash socks in hot water with 3 capfuls (teaspoons) straight bleach (Sodium
hypochlorite with no additives). Add an extra rinse cycle. DO NOT Use
Place socks in a clean, chemical-free environment to dry for at least 48 hours.
Should you need socks sooner - place them in a bucket with 2 gallons of water
with 1/5 teaspoon of Seachem Prime or similar chlorine remover for 30 minutes. For
a more detailed description of how to clean our filter socks, please visit the
Resources tab on our website. https://www.aquaticexperts.com/blogs/faq-resources/64782659-how-to-clean-filter-socks-and-filter-bags-faq
A bleach dispenser tray automatically releases the bleach
into the load at the appropriate time, without one, you can follow these steps.
Start the wash cycle and as the machine fills with water, add 3 capfuls
(teaspoons) of fragrance-free bleach (Sodium hypochlorite with no additives).
Once the washer is at least 30% full of water, add your filter socks.
Ideally the filter sock should be hanging in the water
without touching or laying on the bottom of the sump. If a shorter sock is
mainly above the water line there may be more noise as water drains from the
side of the sock and splashes into the water in your sump.
The lower the micron rating, the more floating debris it
removes from your aquariums' water hence the filter socks clog up faster. Many
hobbyists have both the 100 and 200 micron filter socks which allows them to
swap out their 200 micron socks from time to time and use the 100 micron to
polish the water.
It depends on your tank load, but generally you want to
change your filter socks once a week or every two weeks. The more often you
change your filter socks, the better your water quality; the filter socks
remove organic solids before they have a chance to further break down.
We have personally tested these socks in the
sliding shelf filter sock holder. Our socks are too big to drop through the
hole in the shelf. Our filter sock material is thick, and our plastic ring is
slightly too large.
The quick version is below; to get all the details go to our website AquaticExperts.com and look under our Resource page.
When removing socks for cleaning ensure they are empty by shaking them out into a bucket. Since our method uses a washing machine, it is more efficient to collect several sets of dirty socks from previous changes before proceeding.
Optional - run your washer in a hot rinse cycle to remove all soap residue (normally only necessary in older machines).
Wash socks in hot water with 3 capfuls (teaspoons) straight bleach (Sodium hypochlorite with no additives). Add an extra rinse cycle. DO NOT Use Detergent.
Place socks in a clean, chemical free environment to dry for at least 48 hours. Should you need socks sooner - place them in a bucket with 2 gallons of water with 1 teaspoon of Aquatic Experts Premium Instant Water Conditioner or similar chlorine remover for 30 minutes.
Our Filter Socks 200 micron - MEDIUM will be your best replacement choice for Aqueon sumps. You will note that our filter socks by Aquatic Experts are much thicker and more heavy duty than the ones that came with the filter.
Carbon enclosed in a fine mesh bag can be dropped into these very durable filter socks. There is a plastic handle attached to the ring of the sock but there is still plenty of room to drop in a bag of carbon. Carbon sealed in a mesh bags makes it easy to remove when cleaning the filter socks, protecting both the socks and your washing machine (if you use our method of cleaning).
Charles East said, "The spas
in question are using pumps that create a significant amount of suction through
the sock, and when the filter collects enough debris (hardly visible) the sock
is now under such a strain that it is torn from the plastic collar and sucked into
the pump. I service spas and have come across several of these spas that use
the sock filter. While your sock appears to be the same size and design, I do
not think the spa manufacturer designed the plumbing well... consider the pump
is 2HP or higher, creating a significant amount of suction in the filter
cavity. this only gets worse as the filter loads up. So far, I have serviced
the same spa 3 times in the last 6 months for the exact same failure (not with
your filter) but with the more expensive "spa" ones that sell for as
high as $50 a piece (not different from yours in appearance) other than the
collar is blue. Frankly the folks who bought these tubs were sold some really
badly designed spas. I might add that the stitching ripping AND the material
ripping out were both observed. the amount of suction on that spa was so severe
that if you placed your hand over the opening with the pump running you could
actually be injured!”
Most hobbyists replace these filter socks once a
week or every two weeks. The more often you change your filter socks the better
your water quality. Yes, they are washable. You will find the steps to clean
and reuse our filter socks on our website: AquaticExperts.com
Once on the website you will see a tab called
resources. Click the tab and look for the post "How to Clean Filter Socks
and Filter Bags"
We have not personally tried our filter socks in the trigger sumps, but several of our customers have said that our filter socks fit perfectly in their trigger sumps. In case you have any problems, we do offer a 100% money back guarantee.
We have not used the Eshopps 3rd Generation
RS-75 Reef Sump. According to Eshopps their socks are 200 Micron with a 4"
diameter ring x 13 inches long. Our filter socks have a 4 inch ring but are 14
Inch long. The advantage of using our socks is they are thicker and have heavy
duty stitching making them more durable - and they are even washable. Since our
socks are flexible you should be able to fold the extra inch over in the bottom
of your sump. We do offer these same filter socks in a 2 pack.
Ideally the filter sock should be hanging in the
water without touching or laying on the bottom of the sump. If a shorter sock
is mainly above the water line, there may be more noise as water drains from
the side of the sock and splashes into the water in your sump.
LONG filter socks will be a little over 3 inches longer then Aqueon. Our MEDIUM
8 pack will be comparable in size and length to the Aqueon except ours is heavy
duty. The plastic rings are all the same size - 4 inches. Here is the link to our 4" 200 long -8 pack :
I assume your tank is 135.4 gallons. Depending on your system, felt filter socks are the most common choice over our plastic mesh filter socks. As far as size and number of filter socks required we can give you the best choice if we know if your aquarium is saltwater, freshwater or reef and if it will be stocked with an average bio load. Typically, with a 135-gallon aquarium we use two to four 4-inch ring by 14-inch filter socks or two 7-inch ring by 16-inch-long filter socks.
We have personally tested these socks in the
sliding shelf filter sock holder. Our filter sock material is thick, and our
plastic ring is slightly too large to drop through the hole in the shelf. For
the sliding shelf inside the sump we tested our filter sock did not drop down
low enough to work in the red sea reefer system.
This filter sock is too large to fit into the
back of your aquarium pump slot and is not made for that purpose. You may be
able to modify our short drawstring filter socks but we have never tried it and
cannot recommend it.
Most hobbyists replace their filter socks once a
week or every two weeks. The more often you change your filter socks the better
your water quality; the filter socks remove organic solids before they have a
chance to further break down.
Carbon enclosed in a fine mesh bag can be dropped into these
very durable filter socks. There is a plastic handle attached to the ring of
the sock, but there is still plenty of room to drop in a bag of carbon. Carbon
sealed in a mesh bag makes it easy to remove when cleaning the filter
Yes, our fine mesh bags will securely hold Purigen. To ensure Purigen does not escape out of the top of the bag; fill the bag 90% to 95% full, pull the drawstring until tight and wrap the string around the top of the bag below the drawstring. Once all the string is wrapped around the bag we tie it off.
As mentioned, organic load in
the aquarium will play a major role in how often our Premium Carbon needs to be
replaced. Even though our carbon can soak up more organics than other carbon,
we still recommend changing it at least once each month.
We have not tested our activated
carbon in a refrigerator. There are several articles which suggest using
approximately 2 cups of activated carbon in an average refrigerator. They
suggest you put the carbon in an open container in the back of the fridge near
an air vent.
Our Premium Activated carbon is
100% Bituminous coal which is the same product used in many air filters to
remove smoke, pet and cooking odors, etc. Our carbon goes through additional
steps to clean out the ash left deep in pores. Carbon can be made from
different materials, each producing different pore sizes. Different types of
carbon bases are better at removing certain compounds from air or liquid.
Bituminous coal works well for most air filtering needs.
We have not tested our media bags in a fluval media basket. If the media
bag is too long you can adjust its length by filling the bag to a desired
height then fold the empty top part of the bag over and tie the drawstring
around the top section.
We have not had the micron level
tested. It works great for most carbon granules and other types of media but does
not always work for purigen since the polymers vary in size they can slip out
of our fine mesh bags.
I believe that our bags are little longer than
AquaClear bags, though that shouldn't be a problem in terms of working properly
in the Aquaclear 50 filter. Simply fill bag with your desired amount of carbon
and pull the drawstring tight to cinch the top. Next, fold over the cinched
part of the bag until the bag is at the desired height; wrap the drawstring
around the folded top of the bag. Once all the string is wrapped around the bag,
tie it off. Use a knot that can be easily untied, because these mesh bags can
be reused many times!
Yes, Our Fine Pond Filter Pad can be rinsed and reused many times. Under normal use our filter pad can last for a season. Depending on the size of the filter pad needed for your filter, the 6 feet length may allow for a second replacement pad.
We have not had our Fine Pond Filter Pad tested
for a micron rating. Some of our aquarium pads have been tested since these
pads are able to polish the water without the pads clogging up too quickly. In
an outside pond there is potential for a lot of debri in the water. We have
tested many pond filter pads and our fine pad has given our customers the best
results without clogging up too fast while producing crystal clear ponds.
Our Fine Pond filter pad is a good choice, however
we also offer a black coarse filter pad which may be a better choice. You can
click this Amazon link to learn more about our coarse filter pad:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071V7GXHV If you can provide more information about
your filtration we can give you the best advice for your waterfall.
I am not sure what your round tube filter looks
like or what it is made of. Our Pond filter pad can be wrapped around a pipe
and fastened with plastic cable ties. If you can provide more information about
the tube filter we can better answer your question.
Coarse Pond Filter Pad is designed to be used in ponds. We have not tested it
in marine aquariums. We recommend our Premium True Dual Density Filter Roll for
freshwater and marine aquariums. This pad will remove large to fine particles
from the aquarium water. Here is a link for our Premium pads:
Our Classic Pond Filter Pad fibers are not carbon coated. The filter pad is black from a thick coating of latex which gives it strength and durability. Since our filter pads will last much longer than carbon in a pond we recommend using activated carbon in a mesh bag which can be replaced on a regular basis. You can find our activated carbon pond carbon here:
You can put our bio balls inside of a tank and
beneficial bacteria will grow on them. Typically, you want to place the bio
balls in a chamber or bag after a filter pad. The filter pad will trap most of
the free-floating debris before getting to the bio balls.
Most filtration systems have the water flow
through a filter pad to remove most of the larger debris before water flows to
the bio balls. With this type of system, the bio balls remain clean and therefore
require little maintenance other than perhaps rinsing a few times a year. Since
one of the main purposes of bio balls is to work as surface area to grow
beneficial bacteria, you want to rinse the balls in either pond/aquarium water
or de-chlorinated water so as not to kill the bacteria housed on the media. If
you do not use a filter pad to collect debris before the chamber in which you
house bio balls you may need to rinse the bio balls more often.
For a 2,000 gallon water garden pond we suggest using
2 bags of our 300 pack of bio balls. The bio balls will handle the bio-load of
a typical stocked pond. That said, there are many variables which can affect
how heavy a bio-load is in a pond including how many fish, their size, how
often they are fed, and so on. The only way to know if you have enough bio
balls is to test the water for ammonia or nitrites. If you detect ammonia or
nitrite levels in your pond water (not caused from overfeeding or a dead fish)
add more bio balls.
Place bio balls in a chamber such as a waterfall
box. Most pond filters have a section to prefilter the water before it flows to
the bio ball section. The prefilter is some sort of filter pad used to remove
debris from the water which keeps bio balls from clogging up with dirt and
debris. Over time, bio balls will become coated in "good" or
nitrifying bacteria which breaks down fish waste, uneaten food and other organic
material, keeping the water safe for your fish. If your pond has an overflow
box the bio balls can usually be incorporated.
In a pond it is best to leave the bio balls inside the mesh bag. When you need to remove the bio balls for cleaning it is much easier to grab the entire mesh bag and rinse off in dechlorinated or pond water. In an aquarium we typically use the bio balls in a sump with has a much better mechanical prefilter to trap debris. The better mechanical filter pad or filter socks keeps the bio balls clean so they do not need to be removed and cleaned. In aquariums we typically do not use the mesh bag.
For a typically stocked 3,200 gallon pond we recommend you use 4 bags of our 300 pack of bio balls or 1,200 bio balls. Click here for the 300 bio balls. Since you have a heavy fish load I would use at least 6 bags of our 300 pack or our bulk box of 2,000 bio balls. Click Here to see our bulk box on Aquatic Experts. We also sell mesh bio ball bags separately.
Since bio loads greatly vary the only way to know if you have enough bio balls is once your pond has cycled test your water for ammonia or nitrites. If you detect ammonia or nitrite levels in your pond water (not caused from overfeeding or a dead fish) add more bio balls.
We recommend using 1 teaspoon to treat 10 gallons. To treat 3 gallons of tap water use a 1/3 of a teaspoon of our Premium water conditioner. As far as adding too much even if you add 3 times more of our water conditioner than is recommended your livestock will be safe.
will help with green water, but only after the free floating algae dies and stops multiplying. KloudAway clears water by clumping together floating particles in
your aquarium water making them large enough to be trapped by your mechanical
To kill free floating algae you can use a product such as API AlgaeFix. An ultimate green water killer is a UV sterilizer. You may also want to reduce the time your aquarium
light stays on each day since algae needs the light to grow and multiply.