The BEST way to clean "submerged" dirty aquarium equipment?

BRS

How often do you clean your "submerged" types of equipment?

  • Weekly

    Votes: 28 4.1%
  • Monthly

    Votes: 128 18.9%
  • Quarterly

    Votes: 275 40.6%
  • Yearly

    Votes: 103 15.2%
  • Only when they quit working

    Votes: 99 14.6%
  • Never

    Votes: 19 2.8%
  • Other (please explain in the thread)

    Votes: 25 3.7%

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CavalierReef

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Sadly, I clean mine infrequently. However, I cleaned my Gyre 1K last week after 9 months in the tank. I didn't want to use vinegar but had no citric acid. But I did have concentrated lemon juice. Used it 1 to 4 in RO/DI water and it worked great. Very little brushing at all.
 

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I clean most of my pumps monthly. For the power heads I put in a 5 gallon bucket with citric acid and run them for a few hours. I also throw in my coffee filter and anything else that could use a good cleaning. I mix a little strong so everything quickly and easily wipes right off. Coralline algae becomes gross and slimy and wipes off with a rag. Quick rinse and back in the tank it goes.
I am with you. But I usually go quarterly. A 5 gal bucket and a few hours one pump at a time and it is done. One note, If you use RO/DI water that you make for your tank for your coffee machine you will never have to de-scale it. Pluss it makes really good coffee.:)
 

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I said quarterly but that's really only for my Tunze 6105s. And it's more general than anything. The Stream 3 (6150) gets clean about every 6 months or less (Tunze recommends annual cleaning). I've got a gyre but haven't clean it yet (it's covered in coralline so I should probably clean it soon). ATO sensor gets wiped with my finger or toothbrush every year or so. It's going strong after 10 years. Amazing little product.

Skimmer pump and return pumps get cleaned about twice a year. I'm going to check on this sicce pump clean. Have used vinegar for ages though I understand it's not the best for the motor blocks, etc.
 

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I dunk mine in a 50-50 solution muriatic acid and water for a minute once a month, then dunk in tap water, then back in the tank- no scrubbing and little time. If I let it go for longer than a month I might have to break out the toothbrush.
 

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I clean my Gyres quarterly. They came with an extra set of impellers and cages. I swap out for a clean set and then clean the dirty set at leisure. Usually just a soak in fresh water and some scrubbing, but I might try the citric acid.

For the return pumps (COR-20’s), I monitor the power, RPM and temp and only clean them if and when I see a deterioration in performance. Then I clean one while leaving the other running to provide some flow. Again, just scrubbing and water.

I have yet to clean the BlueLine 30HDX that feeds the skimmer - almost 2 full years. I clean the pump and chamber for the ATO once per year.
 

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Just noticed the water level on my Reefer 250 has lowered slightly in the display. That means the return pump isn't at full blast. Goin to have to clean it. I have to wait until the ATO tank empty's to remove it. Turned wave up some in the mean time. Thanks for reminding me rev.
 

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Man it sure doesn't take long for your pumps, skimmers, powerheads and all the other equipment that is usually under water to get dirty, covered in algae and coraline etc. Most of the time you need this equipment going at all times and can't have it off-line for too long. So today let's talk about all the ways you have found that works best and fastest when it comes to cleaning your equipment!

1. What are the best ways you have found to clean your "submerged" types of equipment?

2. What are any specific tools that make the cleaning job easier?


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Have or have you heard of anyone trying Alka seltzer just curious I'm in the planning stages of a tank now so I'm trying to gain as much knowledge as I can
 

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I do weekly, monthly, and quarterly maintenance on different things but main pump, skimmer pump, and power heads get disassembled and cleaned with citric acid every quarter. I actually have to turn my powerheads down after cleaning them and the skimmer definitely work better after a good cleaning.
 
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