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Old 12/21/2010, 09:22 AM   #1
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Can you clean a Python - No Spill Clean and Fill?

I have the 50 foot Python for doing water changes, and I need every foot of it. I have been noticing my hose is turning grey inside and I am concerned this might be mould. Could it be that? Do you have any suggestions for cleaning the hose to make it clear again? I rinse the hose with water from my RO unit after every use and store it in a green garbage bag so it gets no light to grow algae, but after a few years of using it it is definitely greying on the inside.


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Old 12/21/2010, 09:24 AM   #2
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You could try running vinager through the hose. That is the only thing I can think of that would be safe and may dissolve any gunk in the hose.


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Old 12/22/2010, 06:07 AM   #3
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You could try running vinager through the hose. That is the only thing I can think of that would be safe and may dissolve any gunk in the hose.
This is what I was thinking also. I would have to dilute the vinegar 50-50 with water and run it back and forth through the hose. When the hose starts to look clean I would empty it and flush the hose with RO water again.

I have had many hoses over the years and this is the first one this has ever happened to. I have also sent an email to the Python company through their web site. If/when I get an answer I will post it here.


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Old 12/22/2010, 07:39 AM   #4
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why dilute it? Use it full strength for quicker cleaning


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Old 12/23/2010, 06:07 AM   #5
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There would be a couple of reasons why I would dilute it. Firstly, because whever I soak power heads (or anything else for that matter) I have always diluted vinegar with water. I have read this in the past and always done it. Vinegar is acidic and should be diluted. Secondly, I would not want to risk a reaction between the vinegar and the rubber in the hose. Granted it is only once and it should not break down the rubber on contact, but I would need to swish it back and forth as it is a 50 foot hose. Rinsing it clean with RO water would also be easier.


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Old 12/23/2010, 06:13 AM   #6
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Bleach. Make up a diluted solution of bleach in a 5 gallon bucket. Put a powerhead in there to push water through the python. Circulate it from the bucket through the python then back into the bucket. Let it run for a little while. Drain all the water, flush with hot water and some type of dechlorinator the same way you were running the bleach through it. Then allow to dry. I have done this many times when I was using my python a lot more and it got rid of the algae/mold growing in it.

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Old 12/23/2010, 07:30 AM   #7
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Bleach. Make up a diluted solution of bleach in a 5 gallon bucket. Put a powerhead in there to push water through the python. Circulate it from the bucket through the python then back into the bucket. Let it run for a little while. Drain all the water, flush with hot water and some type of dechlorinator the same way you were running the bleach through it. Then allow to dry. I have done this many times when I was using my python a lot more and it got rid of the algae/mold growing in it.

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Perfectly stated ^^
I do this all the time as well


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you might want ot let the hose dry before you put it away in the bag


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Old 12/23/2010, 09:14 AM   #9
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Bleach. Make up a diluted solution of bleach in a 5 gallon bucket. Put a powerhead in there to push water through the python. Circulate it from the bucket through the python then back into the bucket. Let it run for a little while. Drain all the water, flush with hot water and some type of dechlorinator the same way you were running the bleach through it. Then allow to dry. I have done this many times when I was using my python a lot more and it got rid of the algae/mold growing in it.

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Thanks Keith. That is an excellent explanation of what to do. I just got the following solution from Python. See below. Your description is even more thorough than theirs.

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We use a gallon of water, a cup of bleach and a little dish soap.
Fill the tubing like you would be emptying your tank. Let set for a while and rinse thoroughly before using in your tank again. It will not remove all of the discoloration, but it will be sterilized.

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No problem at all. I'm not sure I like the dish soap, but I tend to be over paranoid about soaps and my tank.


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Old 12/24/2010, 06:21 AM   #11
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I used the method described by Argi last night. I ran the bleach solution through a power head and my python for about a half hour last night while I was watching a hockey game. Then I dumped the solution and ran hot water with some dechlorinator in it for about another fifteen minutes. I was pleasantly surprised. The hose is almost completely clear again. And of course, it is sanitized. Thanks Keith, and everyone else who replied.


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