What's Your Most Useful Non-aquarium Tool (for Aquarium Use)?

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Dish soap for cleaning. It worked great for cleaning the oily residue off my Black Diamond Blasting Sand. Years ago, I used it to clean old aquariums as well.
 

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I use a small silicone ice cube tray to make my own frozen treats.
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Nerium said:
A good point and thank you, though that's not what I'm actually trying to clean - I have a bad habit of walking away and forgetting the tests for a while and after years of use I have a number of tubes with colored residue from the test chemicals inside ... a very small pipe cleaner gets most of it but not the very end and it bugs me!! II' prolly gonna try something like a bit of sponge stuck on something but I just wondered if someone had found, I dunno, a baby's nose cleaning gidget or obscure cooking utensil #325 that just happened to be perfect for the job
So then what do you think should be used to clean out the test tubes? I thought they just said to rinse with water real good. I'm having a horrible time with my tanks Nitrate now. Every thing else is great.
 

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LizP said:
So then what do you think should be used to clean out the test tubes? I thought they just said to rinse with water real good. I'm having a horrible time with my tanks Nitrate now. Every thing else is great.
I sometimes soak tubes in denture cleaner to help remove grime/ slime. Just rinse well afterwards!
 

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H2O Concierge said:
I found an assorted sizes of bottle brushes at Freight Harbour. Use distilled water to rinse tubes. Sorry for the size of the picture.
Have you ever tried these cleaning brushes on Amazon for your long tube when you siphon water out? Mines getting cruddy lol
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9 Pc Tube/Pipe Nylon Brush Set


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9 Pc Tube/Pipe Nylon Brush Set


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from Harbour Frieght have helped me with various needs

For the tubing on my canisters I use
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I use something like this on my canister tubing. Now the python tubing is much longer. As a preventative measure I always try to drain as much water from the tubing as possible. I have used very hot water to fill and soak the tube. Then after some time flushed it with hot water. I use one Python to fill and another to clean (water change) my tanks. The one that is used for WC you can clean with an algaecide or even diluted bleach and rinse. If you are not using this waste water for cleaning your filters or decor I guess it wouldn't matter what you choose to clean it with since only the syphon tube end is the only thing contacting the water. Hope this helps.

LizP said:
So then what do you think should be used to clean out the test tubes? I thought they just said to rinse with water real good. I'm having a horrible time with my tanks Nitrate now. Every thing else is great.
This has probably been asked before...Have you tested your tap water. I too am constantly battling N3.

scarface said:
Dish soap for cleaning. It worked great for cleaning the oily residue off my Black Diamond Blasting Sand. Years ago, I used it to clean old aquariums as well.
I have a question. If you just started then how do you have 6000 ratings and Messages?????
 

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H2O Concierge said:
This has probably been asked before...Have you tested your tap water. I too am constantly battling N3.
I have well water with the softening system. I will have to recheck it again, I don't remember what it was. I have been doing water changes with water that I let sit over night.
 

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H2O Concierge said:
9 Pc Tube/Pipe Nylon Brush Set


Item#90631
from Harbour Frieght have helped me with various needs


For the tubing on my canisters I use
Eheim tube brush.jpg
I use something like this on my canister tubing. Now the python tubing is much longer. As a preventative measure I always try to drain as much water from the tubing as possible. I have used very hot water to fill and soak the tube. Then after some time flushed it with hot water. I use one Python to fill and another to clean (water change) my tanks. The one that is used for WC you can clean with an algaecide or even diluted bleach and rinse. If you are not using this waste water for cleaning your filters or decor I guess it wouldn't matter what you choose to clean it with since only the syphon tube end is the only thing contacting the water. Hope this helps.


This has probably been asked before...Have you tested your tap water. I too am constantly battling N3.


I have a question. If you just started then how do you have 6000 ratings and Messages?????
Who are you asking this?
 

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bryangar said:
I was kidding oops
Dawn is gentle and they use it to remove oil from birds who get in contact with oil spills. Soap on nothing in a fish tank of course, but I guess you could put a duckling in it after it was thoroughly cleaned. But your fish wouldn't last long.
 

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Turkey baster, skewers, plastic mesh pot scrubbers for BB to cling to in my canister filters, potato chip bag clips to hold the pet store bag when acclimating new inhabitants, hard plastic soap dispensers for plant fertilizer, poly fill for all my filters instead of charcoal or filter cartridges, used gift cards for cleaning algae off the glass... I’m sure the list goes on and on... need to find ways to save a buck here n there... one last thing cinderblocks for fish tank stands
 

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LizP said:
Who are you asking this?
To Nerium or anyone who needs small/medium brushes to clean things like test tubes and hoses.
 

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Plastic clothes hanger with alligator clip. Keeps hands dry and prevents veggie theft.

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I just ordered a pack of 16 dessert forks for $6 off amazon for holding down veggies. I've been using lead weights for plants but some are starting to break in half after constant bending.
 

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bryangar said:
I was kidding oops
Yeah, I heard a drop of Dawn works for rinsing sand. I just emphasize the 'drop' part. And some good rinsing afterward.
 

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H2O Concierge said:
I use a small silicone ice cube tray to make my own frozen treats.
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Did that in past and drunk friends used for rye and coke.
 

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turkey baster for feeding and removing stuff
 

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Its got to be the toothbrush
 

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Tupperware containers! Perfect for temp holding fish when you need to do some deep cleaning.
Plastic mesh for aquarium dividers too.
Clear corrugated roofing or plexiglass/acrylic for DIY tank top
 
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I have a cat that chews things. Yes, like a dog. No she's not the tool/tip I'm writing about.
One time she chewed up a dry sponge from one of those dual sponge filters, while it was on the basement table. Kind of like when sharks chew surfers, I think. "Hmm, this might be food, but I'll never know for sure unless I try a bite".
Anyways, I ended up with some spare sponge filter parts.
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Turns out the perforated tube that goes inside the sponge is a perfect fit on the 1/4" i.d. tubing that I use for pumping water from bucket back to tank, which turns it into an ideal sort of flow disperser. The end of the black part is solid, so all the water has to come out the side holes. No substrate churning.
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I am also able to use this setup when draining the tank, since the tank is 6' away from the sink (gravity feed straight to sink). So the cap on the hose prevents livestock from getting in as well.
 
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