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How to clean filter plumbing

PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:03 pm
by kb46
Not sure whether to put this in plants or equipment...

My 75G has an overhead trickle filter which is essentially a power head pumping to a long tube with holes along it which discharges into the filter trays.

The long tube has a few strands of black hairy algae at each hole and the inside has a thin lining of brown slime. Are these the sign of anything sinister going on or are they 'normal'? Should I be trying to prevent them growing and, if so, how?

Regardless, I'm thinking it is time to clean it before it gets nasty and perhaps clogged.

The tube is rigid and almost 4' in length. I could put a long string on the end of a test tube brush and pull it through. The easier option would be to take it outside and blast the inside with a hose. Would I have to treat for chlorine/chloramines after this or would such a small amount of water be no drama?


PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:07 pm
by Crazygar
I would personally disconnect and clean. No, you really don't have to treat the pipe for Chlorine or Chlormines unless you have a high concentration in your area.