What Type of Material Are Aquarium Filter Bags Made Out Of?

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Aquarium filter bags are made out of polyester and nylon. Find out what type of material aquarium filter bags are made out of with help from an experienced aquarium professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Bill Sheehan. What type of materials are used for making aquarium filter bags? The answer is simple, polyester and nylon. Polyester bags are made for mechanical filtration to collect small particles out of the water and polish the water, whereas nylon bags are made for chemical filtration, such as carbon, phosphate sponge, nitrate sponge. These bags aren't interchangeable. It's really important to use the right bag for the right function. The nylon bag wouldn't act as a polishing agent for the water, simply because the holes are too large in the bag. You would never use a micron filter sock for chemical filtration, it would clog the sock and stop it from working.

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