Algea growing in canister lines

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by No Fishing, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. No FishingValued MemberMember

    I'm wondering if this is normal? I've had the filter for about 2 weeks.image
     




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  2. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    Yes, it happens to all canisters/tubing at one time or another. You can try using a piece/strip of long cloth and thread it through to wipe it clean and or using a power sprayer to blast out the tube ( after its been removed of course ;) )
     




  3. No FishingValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the info, does it go away like a bacteria bloom or should I clean the lines every time I clean the mechanical media?
     




  4. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    Probably clean it every few months or so and no it doesn't go away but will get to the point ( if left for a long time ) where you won't be able to see through the tubes.
     
  5. clark12Valued MemberMember

    is it necessary?
     
  6. JunneFishlore LegendMember


    Well I think for good housekeeping and keeping the fish healthy, they should be cleaned when there is a lot of buildup.
     
  7. g25racerValued MemberMember

    I get the same thing in all 3 of my canisters. Every few months I use my Marina tube/pipe cleaner and hot water. Highly recommend the marina one. It is very good quality and very long at over 2ft.
     
  8. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    OMG! I TOTALLY misread this and thought you said your Marijuana tube/pipe cleaner!!! Time for me to hit the hay! :;laughing:;laughing:;laughing

    I was thinking, WHY would he use the same one for his canister? :eek:
     
  9. No FishingValued MemberMember

    Hahaha classic!
     
  10. g25racerValued MemberMember

  11. JunneFishlore LegendMember

    Wish I had seen this when I had my canister set up - I just pretty much threw in the towel after a year and just didn't have the patience to clean the tubes every so often. Ended up going back to the HOB.
    I still have my canister and tank so maybe one of these days I will set it up again.....
    Looks like a great brush for pretty cheap!
     
  12. g25racerValued MemberMember

    It truly is an amazing brush! I have cleaned intake tubes on my hobs as well with it. Works like a champ and is holding up very well. They work so well I have a stock pile of them now just in case.
     
  13. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    So there's no way to fight this apart from cleaning the hoses every once in a while?

    I cleaned everything less than 2 weeks ago and it's opaque from algae again... I don't want to be dismantling my entire filtration system every 2 weeks, that seems insane, there are too many parts and some of the hoses go through walls or under the floor...
     
  14. g25racerValued MemberMember

    Get darker colored hoses lol. For real mine are green and I don't notice any algea. I just end up with built up fish waste after a few months. That's what I end up cleaning out
     
  15. slayer5590Well Known MemberMember

    It's not algae it's same kind organic build up you see in HOBs. There's really not much you can do about other than clean your hoses ever once in a while.
     
  16. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    But it just obstructs the flow so much, and it builds up so quickly, it's insane!

    Surely there must be a high grade hose that doesn't get that?
     
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