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Cleaning Mulm From Vinyl Hose

Discussion in 'Sediment / Substrate' started by rjordan393, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. rjordan393

    rjordan393 Guru Class Expert

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    Hello,
    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.
     
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    Ok,
    On another forum, It was suggested I check out what is called a trumpet snake. I saw a picture of it and called my local musical supply store and they had these in stock and also trombone snakes. This tool has brushes at both ends attached to a flexible metal coil. I chose the trombone snake as it fits 5/8 inch id hose and is approximately 40 inches long. The trumpet snake fits 1/2 inch id hose. They work great. This cuts my maintenance time in half in cleaning my vinyl hose.
     
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    Those are available in every lfs. I thought you were looking for something without taking the hoses off. Like a fluid or something. Those brushes work great indeed!
     
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    The one's that I have seen in the lfs are either too short or they have nylon line attached to a brush and these do not work very well. I tried using one once and trashed it. If the lfs normally carry the metal coil type about 40 inches long, then the store that I favor, must have been out of stock of them. I moved my tank suction intakes away from the gravel and placed them higher. Now maybe I won't have to clean my hoses that frequently. I also added sponge filters on the intakes. I think this will help.
    And yes, I was thinking about some type of fluid that I could put in the night before a water change.
     
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