02-11-2009, 10:14 AM
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Clean Your Intake Tubes
I have a sort of ritual I got through when I clean my aquarium. Scrape the glass. Siphon out five gallons. Rinse intake strainer in the water. Dump it. Siphon out five more gallons. Clean filter pads. Dump it. Vacuum the sand and siphon five more gallons doing it. Dump it. I don't deviate much at all from this plan, it takes care of everything I need to do and if I follow the pattern it all gets done no problem. Yesterday I deviated from that procedure and it proved to be worth it. I now have a new step in my ritual.
Well I was rinsing out my intake strainer and I was holding the U-tube of my Penguin filter and I figured, eh, what the heck. Flipping the U-tube over I submerged it quickly in the bucket, just intending to swish it a few times for good measure and put it back. To my surprise and disgust the tube immediately puked out a ton of crud. Several more dunkings got even more gunk out. I spent a good ten minutes dunking, swishing, and doing my best to clean out what I'd found. The end result:
Algae, fish poo, gunk, and just stuff I'd rather not think about.
Moral of the story kids, give your HoB intake tubes a good rinse once in a while.