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Thread: U Tube Cleaner

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    I have 5 of the AquaClear HOB filters, and like them alot...they are the only HOB's I'll ever use. I have only 2 minor complaints about them, though:

    1. The "leveler" they come with is pretty much useless, it rarely works right and can easily fall off. I remove them and use a folded piece of cardboard between the filter housing and tank glass to level my filters; double sided tape holds the cardboard on the back glass in place for when I have to remove the filters for cleaning or maintenance.

    2. The "u-tube" part of the intake part is hard to get clean. The straight parts are easy (old toothbrush works great), but the u-tube can be a challenge...so I make "brushes" to get them clean

    Simple and cheap to make. I don't use the sponges that come with the Aquaclears, so I have plenty of sponge material. I cut out a piece with scissors, and use a tie-wrap to cinch the sponge....just insert the tie wrap end into it's own head, insert the sponge into the loop, and pull it tight.

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    Then all you have to do is fill the u-tube with hot clean water, and use the tie-wrap to push the sponge through the bends in the u-tube...works like a charm...insert from both ends of the u-tube to clean from two different directions...you can even twirl the tie-wrap/sponge within the u-tube to clean stubborn spots.

    I make two different sizes, one for the tubes in my AC20 and AC30's, and one for my AC 70's...the larger one uses a 15" tie wrap, the smaller uses about one half that size.

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    Old toothbrush works great to clean the straight tubes of the smaller filters, but not very well with the larger straight tubes...my DIY brushes handle the larger straight pieces just fine.

    The sponge will eventually wear out and start to come apart...when that happens, I just make a new one...cheap and easy
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    Ingenious !

    I was thinking of your invention just the other day. You're right, that u-shape is quite difficult to get into when cleaning the filter. I had made one of these when you talked about them previously and it worked like a charm.

    Unfortunately, I left mine out to air dry not too long ago and the cat decided it smelled like great fun. I need to make another - thanks for the reminder!
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    Thanks Rivers, glad it works well for you (and the cat, lol)
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    This works for me:

    http://viewpure.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus View Post
    This works for me:

    http://viewpure.com/
    hahahahaha! you are quite the funny one
    Thanks for the belly laugh
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    Link doesn't work for me, just goes to a "viewpure" page with nothing there(?)
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    Thanks for reposting for all newbies and those who never saw this before. I have been using your hack for over a year and love them! Thanks Matt
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    Very welcome, Sil...I've been meaning to do a thread on them for some time now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Link doesn't work for me, just goes to a "viewpure" page with nothing there(?)
    Did you figure it out yet?


    Copy and paste a link to a youtube video in the viewpure box. I'll clean your u tube video right up
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    Oh, duh....lol
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