Cleaning Mulm From Vinyl Hose
Is there a product that will remove mulm from vinyl hose that is safe for fish, inverts and plants? It get messy when I clean them manually using a home made device. If I do not clean my hose every two weeks, it slows down the water flow. The only thing that I think will slow down this mulm accumulation is to raise my suction away from the substrate to about mid-tank.
What type of filter do you have ? Maybe some snails would help reduce the amount of mulm.
Connect a high-flow pump (such as MJ1200), connect the tubing to the outflow, put the whole thing in a filled 5g bucket, and just have the pump recirculate the water through the tubing. That may be enough to dislodge anything built up inside the tubing without the need for chemicals.
I got 60 to 80 psi at my tap. I can try that. But the way this mulm sticks to the walls of the hose makes me think it will not do a thorough job. I got five short lengths of it that have quick disconnects. Right now, only one of the hoses needs cleaning. In the mean time, I raised my tank suctions for the two 350 magnums to about mid-tank and I am preparing the suctions to accept a sponge filter.
This I feel will help.
The original location of the tank suctions were too close to the gravel.
How about some nylon fish line? Us a strong tensile strength. Hook a sinker or some other weight and let it drop through the hose (disconnected of course). Now tie on a small cleaning brush and pull it through. Once or twice should do it.
I got it solved.
I learned there is a tool sold at musical supply stores for cleaning horns like trumpets & trombones. Some people call them trumpet snakes. Its basically the same as what you find in the LFS. The difference is that this tool has brushes at both ends of a flexible metal coil and is 40 inches long. The one I purchased is the trombone snake as the brushes are the right size to clean 5/8 inch id hose. The trumpet snake will fit 1/2 inch id hose. I tried it today and found it to be very easy to clean the vinyl hose. The time it took to clean was cut in half compared to the homemade tool that I was using.
Amazon has a picture of one that is similar to mine. I highly recommend this tool over any tool the fish store sells. I paid $7.95 for mine.
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