How Do I Clean Gravel Vacuum

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Hello everyone! I have a 10 gallon tank which I usually clean every 7-10 days. I normally vacuum the gravel with the gravel vacuum/siphon. I am getting a few bacterial colonies on the pipeline of the vacuum and I would like to clean and disinfect it but I'm not sure how to. Any tips?
 

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Fishies95 said:
Hello everyone! I have a 10 gallon tank which I usually clean every 7-10 days. I normally vacuum the gravel with the gravel vacuum/siphon. I am getting a few bacterial colonies on the pipeline of the vacuum and I would like to clean and disinfect it but I'm not sure how to. Any tips?
Rinse well with really hot water, maybe use one of those sponges on a stick, that is usually used for cleaning water bottles or something like it. Just DON’T use soap, or other chemicals like that, just use hot water.
 
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Rinse well with really hot water, maybe use one of those sponges on a stick, that is usually used for cleaning water bottles or something like it. Just DON’T use soap, or other chemicals like that, just use hot water.
So, do I just soak the whole thing in hot water? The bottle cleaner I have is pretty huge and I don't know how to fit it in the middle of the pipe.
 

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So, do I just soak the whole thing in hot water? The bottle cleaner I have is pretty huge and I don't know how to fit it in the middle of the pipe.
I just run it through the tube, I don’t soak it, I just run it through. You could soak it the run it through
 
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I just run it through the tube, I don’t soak it, I just run it through. You could soak it the run it through
How do I start the vacuum though? I've been following the instructions on the package and it said to completely dunk it in the water to start it and I don't think I can do that with really hot water. Also, does the water have to be boiling or can I just use really hot tap water?
 

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