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Post by Starfish on Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:05 pm

My siphon is starting to get black mildew in the tubing. What is the best way to clean out siphon tubing that is 50m long?
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Re: cleaning a python

Post by Sbenson11 on Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:29 pm

50m? you clean your neighbours tanks to Smile

I use bleach personally and rinse WELL.

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Post by CAAIndie on Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:02 pm

If I'm cleaning anything for my tank, I usually try to use warm strong vinegar water. Then I give it a good rinse.

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Post by Starfish on Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:15 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. How long would you leave the bleach or vinegar in the tubing before rinsing.

Steve, what concentration of bleach do you use?
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Post by nyleveiam on Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:50 pm

I also use bleach... I just pour about an eighth cup in about two quarts of water then use the faucet to suck it out of a bucket.  When it reaches the faucet end I shut the lever, then unhook the hose and , with both ends closed, slouch it around it there moving it from end to end, usually about five minutes.  Then, hook it back up and rinse until I can't smell bleach, THEN put some declorinator in a bucket of water and suck that up until it is all gone.  A final rise of tap water and I call it done.
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Post by Sbenson11 on Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:57 pm

@nyleveiam wrote:I also use bleach... I just pour about an eighth cup in about two quarts of water then use the faucet to suck it out of a bucket.  When it reaches the faucet end I shut the lever, then unhook the hose and , with both ends closed, slouch it around it there moving it from end to end, usually about five minutes.  Then, hook it back up and rinse until I can't smell bleach, THEN put some declorinator in a bucket of water and suck that up until it is all gone.  A final rise of tap water and I call it done.

That pretty much says it,

Never though of using the declorinator, but makes sense.

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Post by CAAIndie on Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:00 pm

I just run it through my gravel cleaner, let it sit. If there is serious growth in there, I might repeat a second time the next day.

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Post by GaryE on Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:06 am

I just fill it with hot water, wait, and blast it on through. I've never used bleach or vinegar on a python.
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Post by Shell on Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:48 am

@GaryE wrote:I just fill it with hot water, wait, and blast it on through. I've never used bleach or vinegar on a python.

This is what we do as well, and we do it after each tank cleaning  Very Happy 

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Re: cleaning a python

Post by Starfish on Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:22 pm

@Sbenson11 wrote:50m? you clean your neighbours tanks to Smile


Steve

okay, so I guess that is really 50ft. Embarassed   50m may be long but it still wouldn't reach my neighbours.  Smile 

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Shell, I am lucky to find the time just to clean the tanks, let alone clean the hose every time too. You are so dedicated.  Wink
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Post by Shell on Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:26 pm

@Starfish wrote:Shell, I am lucky to find the time just to clean the tanks, let alone clean the hose every time too. You are so dedicated.  Wink

Takes less than a minute per hose - just made it part of the routine Very Happy

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Post by nyleveiam on Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:21 pm

In the interest of NOT sounding like Nanci Neat... I must point out that I only clean mine about once a month or so... normally just blast the tap water thru and drain and put away!
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