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Dirty Pipes!

James D

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When I look at people's tanks they seem to have lovely clean clear tubing going to their filters but mine is absolutely filthy after a couple of weeks. I don't doubt it's possible to clean them but to be frank I can't be bothered with the hassle every two weeks (and I've got two filters running at the moment).

I had a look for some opaque 12/16 but can't find any that's suitable - preferably in grey or white.

Does everyone suffer from dirty pipe syndrome?
Is it down to the cleanliness of my tank?

It's not a big deal really but it does detract from the the look of a lovely clean set up.
 

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At the risk of having a conversation with myself... I just found this hose which claims to inhibit algae growth, might give it a go when I set up my new filter next week.
 

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There is something to the claims they make but I think its down to the darker colour letting less light in, ive got a bit of mix and match pipe on the outlet of my filter grey/black from filter to diffuser then clear from diffuser to tank and there is definitely more algae ? Growth in the clear tube ?
Not scientific and maybe just me but thats what ive noticed and id like to think my tank is spotless
 

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That's what I thought really cheers. What I really want is some fully opaque grey tube but I can't find any. It does my head in when I'm spending so much time on maintainence and the first thing people comment on is my dirty pipework.

If I win the lottery it's going to be stainless steel all the way!
 

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You Dirty so an so I've never had dirty pipes.:) no our pipes do the same, what I have is the same length pipe when it's dirty Swap it round ,I bought a second set of ehiem quick taps so it takes seconds. Then I clean the dirty pipes ready to go back on.
 

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:D

sa80mark: That's not a bad idea, wonder if I can get white or grey heat shrink.

Kirk: Never thought of that... could be a PITA with an inline heater and diffuser though.
 

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Not at all you only change what you see above all those bits:)
 

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Dirty and clean. I like to keep the dirty pipes nearest to filter then clear Upton the tank and lillies
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please excuse my dirty pipes and my disorganised cabinet.

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That's the stuff I was looking at Ian, I'll probably give it a go.

Kirk: I hope that's green eheim pipe, if that used to be clear you should be ashamed, I've never seen such filthy pipes. :p
 

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That's the stuff I was looking at Ian, I'll probably give it a go.

Kirk: I hope that's green eheim pipe, if that used to be clear you should be ashamed, I've never seen such filthy pipes. :p
yes they are extremely dirty green ehiem pipes . just don't judge anyone by the state of there pipes:D
 

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Hi all,
and there is definitely more algae ? Growth in the clear tube ?
Definitely get more algae in clear pipes than green Eheim ones.
what I have is the same length pipe when it's dirty Swap it round ,I bought a second set of ehiem quick taps so it takes seconds. Then I clean the dirty pipes ready to go back on.
Genius, I should have done that, but I've actually bought extra taps and made all the runs of tubing less than twice as long as this "Burette Cleaning Brush 13mm Long Wire Handle" (bought via EBAY), then I can isolate and take off, clean and replace each length of tubing of one at a time, without having to disturb the filter etc.

cheers Darrel
 

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Another tip is fill your pipes up with water before you reattach them if you have a tap on the end that is. Saves the priming hastle I leave the pipes full with the taps off on filter clean day, got sick of trying to get the 2213 2215 And 2217 I had, I only have the 2215 now.
 

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I got those grey JBL ones in the end, they look a lot better.

I've got a quick question though, I used these 12/16 tubes on my fluval 106 via a couple of reducers. I did this because I wanted matching tubing and lily pipes on each side of my tank (I'm running an eheim on the other side) and because it's increased the force (speed) of water from the outlet improving the circulation in my tank.

I'm just wondering if this will have any ill effects on the motor or anything on the fluval as I would imagine it has to work a bit harder. It seems fine so far though.

If it's not the best idea I can always swap it for my spare eheim but for various reasons I prefer the fluval.
 

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