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Cleaning tubing/hoses

RoseHawke found that a trapped oto cleans aquarium tubing well! Was wondering how often most of you do clean the inside of your aquarium tubing/hoses. They do get pretty grungy inside. Is cleaning necessary? It is such a pain to remove them for cleaning!
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Hello Carla.
I clean mine probably once a month or so, but i'm just that way I can't stand a grungy hose..I use a pipe cleaner, with a coat hanger tied/twisted around the end of it, so I can get all the way through that puppy....

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I just cleaned mine out for the first time in months...you wouldn't believe how much crud will come out if you get a good brush in there. I splurged and got one of the Hagen brushes you can jam in there pretty deep. Craig's method is probably the cheapest method. By the ways, I noticed a huge difference in flow too. Its such a major PITA though when you have so much gear attached to the hoses!

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By the ways, I noticed a huge difference in flow too. Its such a major PITA though when you have so much gear attached to the hoses!
good point here!!
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hi Carla,

what's a "trapped oto"?
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A trapped Oto is probably an Otocinclus affinis catfish that got stuck in the filter tubing because no inlet strainer was used. I didn't read the thread Carla is referring to, so I don't know how the Oto got through the impeller

Anyway... I never clean the filter tubing. Yes there is a lot of crud buildup, but not that much that it would impede flow (in my case... your's might be different). There is a film building up, visible in the transparent filter tubing. Consider it additional bio-filtration

I had a powerhead running for two years before curiosity bit me and I took it apart. There was hardly anything to clean.


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thanks Wasserpest

that cat wasn't using its whiskers!

installed a 15cm ceramic airstone in my 29G last night. The packaging noted that the airstone could be soaked overnight in household grade hydrogen peroxide for cleaning.

if an aquarist chooses to clean those parts, I wonder if hydrogen peroxide would work for cleaning tubing and hoses as well?
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"Trapped oto" was referring to RoseHawk's post earlier today about an oto getting accidently trapped in her intake hose. She found that the hose was algae free. Glad the fish made it out alive. I have a set of flexible brushes of assorted diameters for cleaning tubing/hoses. Find myself doing this only 1-2xyr as it is such a chore. By the way, noticed my reactor 1000 has lot of crud builtup inside. I've been thinking about taking it apart for cleaning but afraid I'd not be able to reassemble it without breaking it. The crud buildup certainly hasn't affected how it operates! Think I'll just leave it alone for now.
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Anyway... I never clean the filter tubing. Yes there is a lot of crud buildup, but not that much that it would impede flow (in my case... your's might be different). There is a film building up, visible in the transparent filter tubing. Consider it additional bio-filtration
Same here! I was starting to feel I was in the "silent minority"!

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You're supposed to clean them ? Closing in one one year on my current tank. Something to consider....or not !
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Yes, the inlet strainer came off when I was priming the Fluval the last time I cleaned it, about a month or so ago. Wasn't off long, but apparently long enough! So the little catfish didn't go through the impeller, he was between the inlet and the actual pump.

But, a few months ago I had the same thing happen to a cardinal that DID go through the impeller. I just thought he'd disappeared into the shrubbery as it were when I realized I was down one. When I opened up the filter to clean it, there was the cardinal in the main compartment. Don't ask me how he got through the impeller, but I threw him back in the main tank and you couldn't tell anything had ever happened to him.

I'm not about to take all that stuff apart to clean the hoses. They don't leak now, but I know that would change if I started messing with them.

Besides, my inlet tubing is squeaky clean now .

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Im using clear tubing ...so sometimes I see crud build up in there...and then after a while somehow it is clean again

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I don't clean mine, but I may have to clean or replace a few smaller tubes (airline tubing used for water) -- the flow is getting pretty pathetic!

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Backflushing is easier

When I clean the canisters, every 2 months, I backflush the tubing and that higher flow gets a lot of the crud out. Even so, about once a year I remove the tubings and clean them in the tub or the yard.
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For really long hose, insert crushed egg shells (small pieces, of course) into the hose with water. cap both ends and swish the hose around. Egg shell fragments will help scrape the hose clean.
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