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Canister crud dump after cleaning

I have a Sunsun 304 canister running on my 40b since its setup in February 2018.


I have noticed after cleaning it that when I get everything put back together it dumps a bunch of gunk back into the tank. I actually have to clean up the intakes after a day or two as they get catch all the floating 'stuff'.


I usually clean the canister at the same time as I do a WC so the intake pipe, return pipes, canister and baskets, impeller and impeller magnet hole thing all get cleaned. I also do my best to get my brush into the intake and exhaust pipe holes on the canister top to clean those up as well. The only thing I don't clean is are the tubing themselves.


Do I need to start including the tubing in my cleaning regime? Any suggestions? Take them outside and hit them with a hose? Bleach them?


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Do I need to start including the tubing in my cleaning regime? Any suggestions?
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Yes, spend 5 dollars on one of these to clean hoses and tubes.

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Definitely recommend a pipecleaner like the one above, they make cleaning tubes super fast and convenient.

Are you cleaning the filter after you've finished removing the water for the water change? If I'm cleaning a filter, I usually remove a gallon or so of water first, clean the filter pieces in said water, put it all back together & turn on, and then continue siphoning out the water, including any crud that's just been flung out.

I hope this makes sense!
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I run a sump on one of my tanks. Whenever I turn the pump off for maintenance I get a cloud of detritus that shoots out when I turn it back on. I've learned to hold a net in front of the outtake whenever I start it back up just to catch all that so it doesnt put it right back into the display tank!

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I just slap the tubing against the sink and then run water through it and that usually clears all the gunk (or most of it) but as annoying as it is having all that gunk float back into your newly cleaned tank it likely isn't doing any damage. So since cleaning filter tubing is a pain I do it as infrequently as possible.


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You should see the crud that comes out of my Fluval if I don't clean the hoses before I turn it back on. Those ribbed hoses really hold on to some gunk.
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Thanks for all the replies. Guess I'll be picking up a long pipe brush to take care of those gunked up tubing!


I hope it will be a semi annual thing and nothing more frequent.

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but as annoying as it is having all that gunk float back into your newly cleaned tank it likely isn't doing any damage.
My cherry shrimp eat the stuff so to me its free shrimp food.
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I brush clean my tubing a couple times a year.

I've been dealing with bba lately and last time I cleaned the tubing there appeared to be bba inside along with the general crud.

That's another reasong to clean the tubing.
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I've never cleaned any of my hoses 8 years. Too much BB in there to throw away.
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Clean it or not depends on attitude!
If you have even moderately hard water, minerals will collect on things and that includes the inside of tubing. So when you move the tubing while cleaning, you break the minerals loose and they do come out in the tank. So how to react? Depends on how you feel about the minerals. Some don't want to see them laying on things in the tank and want to collect it. Others have learned to be a bit more tolerant of nature and simply let it dissolve and go away.
If it is just minerals, I go for the low stress of ignoring it! In my experience, nature is rarely a pristine thing and I have learned to not expect it in my tanks as I do work to make them as natural as possible. If you want an unnatural pristine setup which would never occur in nature, you do the extra work but if you like natural, you go a bit easier on cleaning. Personal choice with no right or wrong, just do it as you feel needed.
One way to cut the mess to see is to let it come out of the outlet in a place which is out of sight behind things.
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