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gilfish 06-10-2007 09:12 AM

Is changing the tubing part of Eheim maintenance?
So the Eheims only need maintenance every couple of months. Should the tubing be changed? During my first maintenance, I noticed what looked like gunky buildup inside some of the hose.

According to the links I've checked on Eheim maintenance, the cleaning is done just to the filter and the impeller, while the tubing stays put.

Thanks! :?:

xingumike 06-10-2007 09:34 AM

just clean the 'gunk' out when it gets a lot, it will restrict the flow.

you should be able to buy a long pipe cleaner from your LFS or just attach a bit of cloth to fishing wire and pull it through, the algae will come out, voila good as new

mHeinitz57 06-10-2007 10:39 AM

is it clear tubing? Its not uncommon for algea to build up on the insides of tubes too. Its pretty harmless but yeah, get a long pipecleaner or run some high pressure water through it.

xingumike 06-10-2007 10:52 AM

eheim is green i think, although colour is irrelevant tbh

mHeinitz57 06-10-2007 11:11 AM

I was just asking out of curiousity. A clear tubing will let light in and there is more potential growth of algea. I had an acrylic tank that was near a window and it had a canister filter running up the back of it. Certain times of the years the sun would hit the clear tubes and I noticed more algea growth on certain sides of them. It's not a big deal though, I like a little algea in my tanks :-)

gilfish 06-10-2007 12:38 PM

Maybe this has to do with my first mainteneance, when after I turned the filter back on, it spewed out a bunch of "gunk" and made my tank look like a snowglobe of crap. Still have no idea what it was. It looked like all ivory colored flaky food looking things - tons of it - after I performed my first filter maintenance.

mHeinitz57 06-10-2007 02:39 PM

yeah, the majority of stuff that builds up in your filter will be uneaten food and waste. When you do filter maintenance you knock a lot of it loose. When I do maintenance on my Rena xP, I change the media out but I also wipe all the baskets down and clean the inside of the canister filter of debris. Another good idea is to take out the impeller (magnetic spinner in the motor housing) and clean that and the hole it slides into. Over time, gunk builds up in there and on the magnet. If you have live plants, it's common for plant fibers to wrap around the impeller too. I've had customers come in and they say their filters are completely broken and they need a new one. Usually they say "I turned it off to clean it but when I went to turn it back on, it wouldnt start up". 9 out of 10 times this is because so much gunk has accumulated on the impeller that it makes the impeller heavy and imballanced and the motor can not spin it from a standstill anymore. Most of the time I tell the customers to just clean that and try again...and it usually works. You don't have to do it every time you clean your fiter but it is always a good idea to take a look at the impeller every now and then. Most are very easy to get to.

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