dirty siphon hose... - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 01-17-2012, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
dirty siphon hose...

How do you clean out a siphon hose, mine has black "stuff" in it and I certainly don't want to be introducing bad "stuff" into my tanks. After all the purpose of water changes is to ensure water quality, would make me sick if I made my communities of fish sick from weekly water changes.

Also, what sort of parasite might lift scales in a circular area on the body of fish. I've seen this from time to time and see one of my long fin tetras has a circular "knot" of raised scales. Fishy is ok other then that. It's in a 55 g, with one tetramin 70 filter, two bubbler ariaters, well planted and established for 3 years. No ammonia and the ph stays around 7.5, I do weekly 50% water changes, and I can't remember what other info you wanted before trying to diagnose. I can't do picts right now, (lost my cable). It looks like a small pebble was slid up under it's skin and makes it's scales stand out. Noticed this just today.

Any ideas will be appreciated! Thanks ahead of time.

Stonesy
Stonesy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 01-19-2012, 11:11 PM
TFK Moderator
 
Tazman's Avatar
 
With regards to cleaning the siphon hose, a bent coat hook with a small piece of cloth on the end can work.

Have a look here and see if anything fits what your fish might have

Fish Skin Disorders

Last edited by Tazman; 01-19-2012 at 11:13 PM.
Tazman is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 01-20-2012, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Dirty siphon hose...

Thanks for the site on skin diseases, looks like there's no treatment for something that may be relatively harmless. I'll continue to observe and let everyone know where it goes...which is away, I hope. That site was very helpful, thank you. Also, I failed to mention I have the 25 ft hose system that attatches to the sink faucet. I really can't think of a solution for this and I may be worring for no reason, but I can't imagine it's the best thing for water changes. I've been using it for two years and I love this thing. Do you think there's replacement hose for such a kit. Guess I'll do some research. Any other ideas?

Thank you much for more input,
stonesy
Stonesy is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 01-20-2012, 10:15 AM
TFK Moderator
 
Tazman's Avatar
 
If you know the make of the hose ie Python, Lee or Marina then yes you can get replacement hoses for it.

Most local fish stores should have them if they are quite large, some smaller retailers may not carry them.
Tazman is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 01-20-2012, 10:19 AM
TFK Moderator
 
Tazman's Avatar
 
Unless it is really really dirty then to be honest I would not really bother with it.

If you really wanted, try soaking it in vinegar, let it dry completely and then rinse it very very well. Vinegar tends to get rid of most things. Soak it in cold water only though and make sure the hose is full of vinegar / water mix.
Tazman is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 01-20-2012, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Great.....

Thanks again, so now I'll just make a few calls to see who around here might have it.

This forum is just the best!

Thanks again, Stonesy
Stonesy is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 01-20-2012, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Dirty siphon hose and vinegar

I actually thought of using vinegar, it may not get rid of the black coloration, but I know it would gill "stuff" I actually use white vinegar for cleaning in the house. That's a good idea, but I think I'll do as suggested and not dwell on it if others think it's probably not a big deal. Otherwise, I'll just get replacement hose, also as suggested.
Stonesy is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DIY water change hose Mikaila31 DIY Aquarium 1 07-13-2011 10:41 AM
Standard Hose Pipe riksworld Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 2 04-28-2010 08:07 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome