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Old 19th May 2010, 09:51   #1
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Default How to clean pipes on external filter?

Just as the title suggests really. My external has been running a couple of months now, so the pipes are probably due a clean, but how!? And how often should it be done?

I guess the best thing is to buy some spare tubing or whatever it is called so that when one set needs cleaned I can just put the spare on, so does anyone know where I can get this? It seems like fairly standard stuff which probably has loads of uses and can therefore be bought in lots of places? Or does it have to be specifically for use with fishies?

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Old 19th May 2010, 09:54   #2
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You can get it easily from all LFS's - but this can be rather expensive! Mine wanted £3.50 per metre.......so of course the bay of e was used on this occasion!

As to cleaning i use a length of string down the inside to first pull through a bottle brush then a cloth.........comes back spick and span
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Just buy a hose-cleaning brush from your lfs, or ebay.

The frequency will depend on your tank. I never actually clean my filter pipes as I find I never need to. But the pipe I use to pump purified tapwater into my tanks needs cleaned regularly - go figure.

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What a good idea! I'm sure I could have thought of that myself you know lol. Thanks Geo
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Just buy a hose-cleaning brush from your lfs, or ebay.
Didn't know you could get hose cleaning brushes, I'll check them out, thanks!
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I have a tank cleaning brush that's on a really long piece of flexible wire. I'll be using that when I need to clean my filter pipes. I think I just bought it online.
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I use a hose cleaning brush with a long flexi handle. Works really well. You can buy Fluval pipes in a package, coz the ribbed pipes need that rubber thingy on the end, and Fluval have theirs sealed on. I haven't managed to find any of them loose and I wouldn't be happy about attaching them to the pipe.

Having said that, my Fluval is currently running on the Tetra pipes, and I like these coz they are smooth and transparent.
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Yeah, surely the ribbed pipes is just asking for dirt to get trapped in them? I was thinking of trying to replace with clear ones so I can see when they need cleaned.

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the ribbed pipes need that rubber thingy on the end, and Fluval have theirs sealed on. I haven't managed to find any of them loose and I wouldn't be happy about attaching them to the pipe.
You can buy them in B&Q for 2 - they are appliance hose fittings and simply screw into the ribbed hosing and lock in for a watertight seal........had some on a previous sump.......and have about 4 of them knocking arround in the bits drawer.......handy to have!

I also like to get the ribbed hose from the likes of The Range or that WHAT shop as they only cost 3 as opposed to the 13 i see them in the lfs......
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See-thru hoses, ribbed hoses....anyone tried the flavoured ones?
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