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Old 04-23-2010, 05:18 PM   #11
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Yuck, mulm.
Maybe I ought to just clean the filter out and sell it. I only have it for running carbon and sucking out debris. If its going to create this mulm, then it seems that its creating more harm than good.

How often does this mulm build up? I just got done cleaning out the hose. What a pain! Its not as easy as I thought. The stuff just kept coming and coming.

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if its not in the filter, then its going to be in the tank anyways... it doesnt just make it, you know what i mean?
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if its not in the filter, then its going to be in the tank anyways... it doesnt just make it, you know what i mean?
My reasoning is that the filter may be creating an environment for it to flourish beyond what it may under other circumstances.

I guess I will look into easier ways to clean the tubing out when I clean the filter. Maybe a cleaning snake of some sort?

I wonder why Fluval doesnt mention mulm buildup and how to deal with it?

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because all filters do this. my eheim does the same thing... my aquaclear does the same thing. all filters do it, its just more noticeable when starting up canisters
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Even my wet dry does this! Starting up the return pump can spew out a cloud of particles.

This is a film that grows in the tubing. I have clear tubing & can see the stuff growing (usu. over a few months.) I take the tubing apart & clean it with a long brush. Something like this:
Eheim Cleaning Brush 594 Long - Parts - Canister/Eheim at BigalsOnline

They make them up to 2 foot long, so you can really clean out the hoses & get rid of the crud.
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I was able to blast it out in the shower. Gross looking stuff! I wonder what it is exactly? Debris shouldnt be making into the output hose, should it? Thats past the pads and floss. It must be some other kind of nasty critter. Its pretty uniform in size, shape, and color.

Thanks for the tips!
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I suspect it is some kind of bacteria, or maybe algae or diatoms. It is actually growing in my return tubing, which is behind my pump filter ... plus MULM should have settled out totally in the wet-dry.
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The fluvals are the worst. They use those tubes that are notched the entire length giving the mulm alot of space to settle inside the tube during normal operation. Then, when you start the pump, the rush of water shoots the stuff everywhere in the display.

Mine used to do it all the time, and I see no ill affects.

On a side note, why are you cleaning it every week? That seems excessive for a 305 on a 55 gallon.
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