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Cleaning R Shaped Lilly Pipes

I have some R Shaped glass pipes. My questions are, how do I clean around that top bend. I have double spring brush that has no problem with the larger 16mm pipes but the bend on the R shape is too tight. ADA has some brushes that may do the job but look at the price.

If anyone has these glass pipes tell me how you clean them.

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I use the ada brushes on a metal springy bendy pole. Does a great job unless there is sticky green spot algae in them it needs a bleach soak if so.

I also have a less flexible pipe cleaner but it doesnt bend or work as well.
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Cleaning R Shaped Lilly Pipes

I use the ADA brushes they are to me not expensive especially when cleaning glass Lilly pipes.

This type of Lilly pipe is called a spin Lilly pipe.
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You could probably make something serviceable with not much effort. Bit of heavy string with some fishing sinkers on one end and some bits of scotchbrite pads on the other should work.

Just feed the fishing sinkers through the tube from both directions once or twice, and pull the sucker through when the end comes out.

I have MTS
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Thanks for the suggestions. In the UK ADA brushes retail at about 25 each. Ones I use for the normal glassware about 4 from Amazon.
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Lilly pipes are not normal glass wear.
Easy to break if you force clean them. I have all three sizes for cleaning hoses and Lilly pipes.
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If it's high quality glassware, you can go the H2O2/bleach route as well. Basically, connect tubing to it, then to a little pump, submerse it in a bucket of H2O2 or bleach solution and let it run for a while. Bleach will eventually wear down the pump, so I'd recommend H2O2 unless your have a junk pump you don't like
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If it's high quality glassware, you can go the H2O2/bleach route as well. Basically, connect tubing to it, then to a little pump, submerse it in a bucket of H2O2 or bleach solution and let it run for a while. Bleach will eventually wear down the pump, so I'd recommend H2O2 unless your have a junk pump you don't like
Thanks for your reply. I have used bleach but it needs some sort of abrasion but then I have only left it for no more than 30 minutes. Never thought of using a pump before. The other tip that may work that I got from YouTube on the bottom of the intakae pipe that brushes ate hard to reach, is to put a few grains of fine gravel in the tube and shake it about. It certainly works. I was thinking this would probably work in my R pipes.
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Thanks for your reply. I have used bleach but it needs some sort of abrasion but then I have only left it for no more than 30 minutes. Never thought of using a pump before. The other tip that may work that I got from YouTube on the bottom of the intakae pipe that brushes ate hard to reach, is to put a few grains of fine gravel in the tube and shake it about. It certainly works. I was thinking this would probably work in my R pipes.
Gravel would scratch up your glass. I've had brushes scratch my lily pipes which is why I bleach them now.
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Gravel would scratch up your glass. I've had brushes scratch my lily pipes which is why I bleach them now.
Thanks for the tip. The pies I have on my big tank are about 2 years old and I just use a pip brush from Amazon. The small pipes are new and they are the ones need to worry about. I have cleaned them with a brush and left a dirty patch at the top.
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you could put the glass on a metal try and put it in the oven and set to oven to its cleaning temperature. Ay organics will gradually be burned off. Might take several clean cycles in the oven to get all the carbon off. Then put it in bleach or vinegar to dissolve any minerals left behind.

I don't have anything that delicate but I had a nice narrow mouthed bottle that had olive oil in it. I could nt remove the oil with soap and water and and I couldn't reach any inside corners with a brush. It took about 3 or 4 clean cycles in the oven to completely burn off the oil on the inside. End result was a bottle that looked new and unused.
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you could put the glass on a metal try and put it in the oven and set to oven to its cleaning temperature. Ay organics will gradually be burned off. Might take several clean cycles in the oven to get all the carbon off. Then put it in bleach or vinegar to dissolve any minerals left behind.

I don't have anything that delicate but I had a nice narrow mouthed bottle that had olive oil in it. I could nt remove the oil with soap and water and and I couldn't reach any inside corners with a brush. It took about 3 or 4 clean cycles in the oven to completely burn off the oil on the inside. End result was a bottle that looked new and unused.
Thanks but I think this is a bit of an overkill.
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