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

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

  • Weekly

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  • Quarterly

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  • Only when they quit working

    Votes: 97 14.5%
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  • Other (please explain in the thread)

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mike550

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I’m coming up on 18 months and just starting to think about this. I clean the skimmer about every 8 months. The only item I don’t really clean is my return pump. Although I’m starting to think about replacing it at two years (and making the current one my standby).
 

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I don't have an answer yet (Tank has only been running 5 months), but I am going to use this thread an excuse to pose a question I've always wanted to know the answer to...

Everyone talks about "Citric acid baths" for getting powerbeads clean.

What concentration / ratio of Citric Acid:Water should I be using?

Thanks in advance!
I use about 1 tbsp/250 ml of water. That works out to about 1 cup/gallon. Another tip is use warm or hot water to speed up the process.
 

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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.:)
A word of caution about drinking RODI water. A little should not hurt you, but in larger quantities it is not good for you. BRS had this in one of their videos and I saw some articles on the web about it.
 

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I used to wait for failures or issues and then clean. Now, after taking the wait and see method, I found that my Tunze powerheads start to have issues around 4 months. Now, to stay ahead of that curve, and extend their lifespan, I use a citric acid bath to clean powerheads quarterly, reactor pumps semi-annual, skimmer & pump annually along with UV sterizlizer pump/glass tube/lightbulb replacement.
 

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Does anyone have a citric acid link on Amazon? The brand and stuff
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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.
Same here.
 
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