Gunk in hose of external filter.

kevfiz

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Hi can anyone tell me if all the gunk that's in the hose of the external filters is bad for the fish or does it help keep the water?
 

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It's not really harmful as it's decomposed material and bio-film. However, it will eventually reduce the flow through the filter so periodically, hoses need to be cleaned out.
 

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Its definitely worth doing - the gunk can be a big source of nitrates over time. I've been really bad at keeping up with it in the past but now I've bought a pipe cleaner I'm going to do it every couple of months. In the past I've had opaque pipes but now they are a bit more translucent I can see how much gunk builds up in them.

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