I'm wondering if this is normal? I've had the filter for about 2 weeks.
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 )
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?
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.
is it necessary?
Well I think for good housekeeping and keeping the fish healthy, they should be cleaned when there is a lot of buildup.
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.
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?
too funny. Anyways this is the MARINA pipe cleaner I have. Actually have a fw of them. You can't beat them for the price
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!
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.
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...
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
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.
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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