How to keep syphon hoses from getting mildew or mold in them

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The one I worry most about is my 20 foot hose I made to hook to my bathroom sink upstairs. But there's no where to hang that long of a hose to let it drain. Even my small one I use to do water changes gets moldy even though I leave it hung up it never drains out enough apparently. I don't think it would hurt if the small one gets moldy because it's taking water out, but I know I don't want the new water going through a moldy hose and into the tank. Any ideas would be great:)
 

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A little mildew isn’t a big deal. Do you have city or well water? I have city, and I just rinse my house out after each use and drape it over the shower curtain bar to dry for a day or two and it’s stayed mild free. Probably due in part to the chemicals in my water
 

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To drain longer hoses, I use the shower curtain rod in the bathroom to pull the hose over. That keeps it elevated and as you pull the hose over, it'll drain out into the tub. Then I just let it dry, I've never had an issue with molding or mildew in my hoses.
 

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If it's a short length hose drape it to dry if it's like a 50 ft python you just can't unless you went to lengths to blow it out dry with like an air compressor but I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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TWiG87 said:
A little mildew isn’t a big deal. Do you have city or well water? I have city, and I just rinse my house out after each use and drape it over the shower curtain bar to dry for a day or two and it’s stayed mild free. Probably due in part to the chemicals in my water
City here. But I can't do that with the other one it's like 30ft long after I measured it lol
 
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I do even with my 6 ft one and I leave it hung up until I use it again I don't understand why it always get mold or mildew in itt
 

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household bleach followed by a very good rinse and some dechlorinaror - but then our 2m clear hose + 10m garden hose is only used to siphon water out. We only treat the clear hose - algae needs light as well as water.
 
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It's not the algae its mold or mildew that's the issue but I'll try doing that thank you:)
 

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