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post #3 of (permalink) Old 02-02-2013, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Rony11 View Post
I bought a new Hailea 1/10 chiller for my 18 gallon tank in March 2012.
I used it during summer which was a great relief.

Now its winter and I dont need the chiller coz the tank temperatures where I live go down to 17-18 degrees without a heater.

Anyways I believe in keeping constant temperature during summer and winter.
So I use an Aquael 75W heater which keeps the tank 25 degrees to keep my tank and fish warm and to avoid temperature swings.

I want to clean the chiller including water inside the chiller and dust which gets accumulated on the external dust net as well as dust which enters the chiller through the net.

I have to clean the chiller anyways to get ready for summer. I have the time and in no hurry so prefer cleaning it now.

Any ideas or links to youtube which can help.

If you didn't use this for saltwater then cleaning out the cooling chamber is necessary IME, just tilt and pour out the water. If you insist, then:

1) You can either rig a garden hose to NPT connection and turn it on full blast to rinse it out.
2) If you fear deposit build up due to you having extremely hard water then make a empty 3 gals vinegar into a bucket, connect an submersible pump to the chiller input end and a hose to the output with the waster going back into the bucket let it run for a few minutes.

If you have deposits the bits and pieces willcome right out.

Follow up with a thorough water only flush using the same method as step 2 - 2 or 3 times.

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