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Re: [APD] RE:filter or pumpr

>From the sound of it, you're shaking your tubes instead of
brushing.  Definitely get yourself a tube brush -- a brush
on a long cord that you can pull all the way through the
filter tubes. It's the only easy way to remove 99% of the
crud in the tubes when your clean your filter. 

One like this costs only a few bucks and works with most
tubing less than 2 feet in length. 

Or one like this Eheim version on a nylon cord:


Add your own nylon cord (available at Home Depot as
edge-trimmer cord) if you need something even longer.

Scott H.

Scott H.
--- "John T. Fitch" <JTFitch at fitchfamily_com> wrote:
> > Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2004 14:09:39 -0700
> > From: "Rachel Sandage" <rachelsor at hotmail_com>
> > Subject: Re: [APD] Re: filter vs pump
> > To: "aquatic plants digest" <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
> >
> > John,
> >
> > I have the Eheim 2026 and M3 mixer running on my 72
> gallon tank and am
> very
> > happy with the setup. I was wondering how quickly your
> holes plugged up in
> > the mixer J? I clean mine out every 4 or 5 months - is
> that quickly?
> >
> > The 2026 will certainly move plenty of water through
> your 30.
> >
> > Rachel
> >
> I was experiencing signficant clogging, often within
> minutes after cleaning
> out the Mixer J.  This was true even right after cleaning
> out the cannister
> filter.  It's the same stringy brown gunk that I've
> recently asked about.
> The stuff seems to accumulate in the cannister, in the
> heater module and in
> the hoses.  After cleaning out the cannister, I tried a
> practice of
> siphoning water from the tank, down through the
> cannister, through the
> heater module, and into a bucket. By shaking the hoses
> and even the heater
> module, I could dislodge a lot of clumps, but after
> re-assembly, more would
> appear and clog the holes in the mixer jar input tube. 
> After enlarging the
> holes quite a bit, I was able to cut down on the clogging
> but I still had a
> lot of the gunk floating around in the jar and clinging
> to the tubes.  So,
> now I only have to clean everything out every two or
> three weeks -- 
> certainly not at intervals of months.  I envy you!
> John T. Fitch
> www.fitchfamily.com/aquarium.html
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