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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-16-2012, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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a compelling reason not to buy cheap pipe brushes



I decided to clean my Cal Aqua inflow and outflow pipes the other night. A few minutes in the head of my $5 pipe brush I picked up at my LFS broke off in the middle of the elbow...

I spent the next 45 minutes trying to fish the damned thing out figuring it'd be better than having to buy another. Finally got creative and hooked the metal wire in the brush with a small loop at the opposite end of the brush and twisted it around to get some friction on it.

major PITA.

So can anybody recommend me a pipe brush that won't break on me after 2 uses?
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What brand? I have a Marina brush and have yet to use it, but I'm starting to second guess now.


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Haven't found anything that can beat the ADA Spring brush for the price.
The flexibility is superb.


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What brand? I have a Marina brush and have yet to use it, but I'm starting to second guess now.
mmmm, don't have the packaging anymore but I'm pretty sure this is what it was unfortunately :/
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Those long rifle barrel pipe cleaner things work great from my experience. Make sure you get a flexible one though.
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I, too, love my ADA spring washer for cleaning Lily Pipes. I have the 17mm one and use it for cleaning both my 17mm lily pipes and the smaller 13mm lily pipes.

The *ONLY* thing I don't like about it is the fact that there aren't bristles on the end of the pipe, making cleaning the bottom of the intake lily pipes impossible. Oh yes, and i wish they were longer for cleaning the rest of my tubing... It's odd to look at a clean intake / outtake tubing w/ a dirty, middle section...
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ADA Spring Cleaner, nothing I tried beat it.


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uh oh thats the worst spot possible!
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I just use the brushes that came with my filters.

I even have duckweed in my water bong!
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ADA Spring Cleaner, nothing I tried beat it.
ditto
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Looks like I might have to get one from ADA.


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Oh yes, and i wish they were longer for cleaning the rest of my tubing... It's odd to look at a clean intake / outtake tubing w/ a dirty, middle section...
Unravel a metal coat hanger and tie it to the end of your brush

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Is there a good site for ordering ADA Brushes? I'll totally shell out the $25 if it means I won't potentially get it stuck in a $65 pipe.
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