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Best "cheap" brush for Lily Pipe cleaning?

I have some 13mm Cal Aqua lily pipes. I haven't had them for that long and they look like they can use a cleaning!

I want something like the ADA brush "Spring Washer S" but without the price tag! Surely there are some comparable options out there?

Please let me know!


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MagFox. Cleans the tubes easily too.


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Take them off and throw them in a shrimp tank, they will be clean in the morning!
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MagFox. Cleans the tubes easily too.
So does the MagFox work around the bends of the glass lily pipes too?

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Take them off and throw them in a shrimp tank, they will be clean in the morning!
That's interesting, have you actually tried this on glass lily pipes? I know they like to eat algae, but I'm a bit skeptical that they would get my pipes looking new and crystal clear again.


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Have to agree with TexasCichlid about MagFox magnets. Easily cleans bends in 13mm glass pipes.

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Yeah I just bought the MagFox and the Hagen/Marina flex brush... I just haven't had time to get around trying them yet... LOL


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Take them off and throw them in a shrimp tank, they will be clean in the morning!
true story.

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That's interesting, have you actually tried this on glass lily pipes? I know they like to eat algae, but I'm a bit skeptical that they would get my pipes looking new and crystal clear again.
you'dd be surprised. someone on SCAPE posted pictures, and we were all like because it worked!
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Going to have to change my answer to craft pipe cleaners! They are only a buck for a pack of 25 and for 9mm glass pipes they work alot better than Magfox for this diameter. Haven't tried on 13mm glass pipe yet.

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Don't get a lily pipe brush IMO. Just get a bucket, some chlorine bleach, and mix it with water in bucket and soak. Rinse it out well and you are good to go.


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Don't get a lily pipe brush IMO. Just get a bucket, some chlorine bleach, and mix it with water in bucket and soak. Rinse it out well and you are good to go.
Works on lots of the stains, but never gets hard to reach places. I finally caved and got the ADA brush, now it only takes 20 seconds to clean a set of pipes. I hated to spend that much, but I couldn't afford to keep pipes soaking over night and trying to warn everyone in the house not to disturb a soaking mess of pricey glass.


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I too have 13mm pipe and I donít have an idea on how to clean it. But in this thread I have learn how to choose brush for pipe cleaning.
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