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Old 01-28-2010, 02:58 PM   #11
 
I will clean out my CANNISTER tonight.

I have been told to simply rinse it in tank water! I am assuming that means declorinated clean water?

There is algae inside my Hoses! I am sure that will be fun to clean.

Do any of you clean out the filter pad in the cannister or do you toss them? I have been tossing them.

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Old 01-28-2010, 03:13 PM   #12
 
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I will clean out my CANNISTER tonight.

I have been told to simply rinse it in tank water! I am assuming that means declorinated clean water?

There is algae inside my Hoses! I am sure that will be fun to clean.

Do any of you clean out the filter pad in the cannister or do you toss them? I have been tossing them.

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Normally the filter media should be rinsed in tank water or declorinated tap water; this prevents killing all the bacteria. However, I have never done this. There is a far greater number of bacteria throughout the tank--on every surface covered by water--that in the filter, particularly in a planted tank, and besides plants use the ammonia/ammonium before it gets to most bacteria anyway.

I never toss the filter pads unless they start to fall aprat such that the water can get around them rather than going through them, in which case they lose their usefulness at removing particulate matter.

Hoses: I remove mine from the filter and tank, put them in the bathtub, and turn on the hot water and run it in one end and it drains out the other, then I reverse ends. This will loosen some of the algae and gunk, but I usually have to get the water moving back and forth rapidly, so I keep one end closed (the end with the canister filter piece) and by mouth create movement in the tube. It loosens all of it and it rinses out.

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Old 01-28-2010, 05:33 PM   #13
 
Byron,

Thanks. OK, I will check the pads then, maybe rinse them out in declorinated water. The cannister typically, looks pretty good inside.

Blow out the hoses with hot water, then run some declorinated water through them? That is the plan.

Speaking of BACTERIA??!!

Is this bacteria dangerous to people? I typically drip tank water everywhere. When I had the 10g, I used to clean up with disinfectant all the time after a pwc. My 50g is in the basement. Should I be worried about the bacteria?

How bad is it?

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Old 01-28-2010, 06:06 PM   #14
 
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You can pick up lil brushes that are round like the standard sized hoses with a loooonnngggg wire attached, makes hoses look like brand new in about 2 sec Sorry I'm not as brave as Byron to fiddle around with my mouth on years of gunck built up hoses....

This is not like mine (doesn't seem as long as mine) but at least will give you an idea what to look for at the store https://www.petsolutions.com/Brush-K...10683+C37.aspx
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:07 PM   #15
 
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I'd not be worried about this bacteria....ever went swimming in a lake or the ocean for that matter??? That's more dangerous with what's all in there
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:19 PM   #16
 
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You can pick up lil brushes that are round like the standard sized hoses with a loooonnngggg wire attached, makes hoses look like brand new in about 2 sec Sorry I'm not as brave as Byron to fiddle around with my mouth on years of gunck built up hoses....

This is not like mine (doesn't seem as long as mine) but at least will give you an idea what to look for at the store https://www.petsolutions.com/Brush-K...10683+C37.aspx
The hoses on my filters are 5 and 6 feet in length, no brush will go down all that. And even when the filter is constantly running, the amount of stuff (may be algae, sediment, it is usually brown or whitish) that builds up inside the hose all along it is considerable. And you have to loosen it somehow to get it out, or believe me, it will suddenly spew into the aquarium. I had this not long ago; I turned off the Rena to do the pwc, and when I turned it on (having done nothing to the filter), out came an incredible amount of greyish-white gunk that clouded the water. It resembled wet kleenex, the way it shreds up and floats around. What a mess. I shut the filter off and took the hoses off and cleaned them as previously described, and the amount that loosened and came out in the tub was unbelievable. I want that out of there.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:03 PM   #17
 
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Uhm sorry to say Byron ; but mine is some 4ft long and if I insert & clean on one side and then shuff it down the other I have my hoses all covered (normal 55g set up with the Eheim 2213) which for me has worked very well over all these yrs now to get my hoses on any tank spotless.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:30 AM   #18
 
Byron,

I am not sure I would be sticking my mouth on these hoses!!!

Angel, Yes, I have been in the: Pacific, the Mediterranian and some of the great lakes. So, I think I have it covered. Fish water is safe to bath in.... .got it.

I will have to get one of those pipe cleaner type bristle brushed to clean the hoses. Seems obvious now...
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:08 PM   #19
 
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You can find them for few bucks at any pet-chain store really... like i said mine is about 4ft long (the metal part the brush itself maybe like 5") and I push it through from each side and its all clean like new in about 3sec and no sucking/ swallowing from my end necessary Also if you have filter intake/ outlet's like the Eheims do, works great to clean these too
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:07 AM   #20
 
Try reducing the light in the aquarium. That might have minimize the algae growth. Another way is to make sure you don't add phosphate based products into the aquarium. A lot of PH buffer contains phosphate and phosphate creates a heavy growth of algae on the tank. If that does not work, use RO water or even an algae killer product like.
API sells a good one.
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