Sticky Gunk On Fluval Rubber Hose Connectors - What Is It?

Nuke

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Got a used Fluval 406 and gave it a thorough cleaning.

The outside of the rubber hose connectors is coated with something that's sticky--it feels like an adhesive, even after a vinegar soak. I can't get it off. What IS this?

Do they need to be replaced? If I do need to replace them, it appears that the connectors cannot be removed from the pieces they are connected to. Do I need to replace the attached pieces, too?

Thanks!
 

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All mine are the same, found while in the water they are slimy but when taken out they tend to form that sticky stuff when you dry them
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Edit the only permanent piece they are connected to are the inlet/,outlet at the filter the rest are removable
 

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