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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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How to clean your filter hose?

I know this questions has probably been over asked, but whenever I use the search engine here I can't seem to find what I'm looking for.

I have an Eheim filter and there is some algae build up in the intake and output hose. How should i go about cleaning it?

Thanks for any help guys
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 07:08 PM
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Buy a brush set from your pet store. They make brushes to cleaning tubing.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 07:31 PM
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That's normal to have that brownish stuff build up on your tubes, but they eventually go away over time.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 07:35 PM
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Need to clean mine aswell .... the stuff gets returned into the tank after I switch it on when I clean my aps filter !
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 07:39 PM
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This is what i do. Get either some kind of rough sponge or like a large sheet of filter padding (basically you know on those scotch brite dishwashing sponges theres the sponge side and the rough side, yea that kind of stuff.) I use a stainless steel cabling from Home depot, cheap and you choose legnth. Then I wrap the bit of sponge or w/e to the end of it and push it thru the tube a few times. wrapping the sponge on teh cable is typically my problem but since the cabling kinad frayed and is metal, it latches onto the sponge thing kinda like velcro. Well if I wrap it enough.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 08:20 PM
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I bought a brush set, though the brush doesn't go all the way down the tube it gets some of it.

So a guy walks into a Pet Store

Guy: "I have Algae on my drift wood!"

Pet Clerk: "Take two Plecos and call me next week."

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i use a brush set as well. i use clear tubing and only clean the sections of the tube that i will see before it goes into the stand.
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How to clean your filter hose?

Fluval hose cleaner from amazon works really good on my fluval 305
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 09:49 PM
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I don't worry about it. I fire up the pump, a little bit comes out, life goes on.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2013, 03:33 AM
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Here are some ideas. If you have an electricians fish tape you can use that to fish a rag or a sponge though it. You could also use a length of Romex wire or the tail end of a house hold drain auger, or you could be like me and never clean them. I've been using canisters for about 7 years now and never cleaned hoses. Sure they get dirty but it will never close up on you and I don't see such a thin film affecting the flow rate.
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2013, 07:36 AM
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I use a cheap spring brush I probably bought from Petco. Works great, has lasted 5 years with no issues though it doesn't get used a lot.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-11-2013, 07:48 AM
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I just buy new hoses at Home Depot. They are pretty cheap...

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