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Old 01-13-2012, 05:51 PM   #11
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It's 'mulm', and it builds up in the hoses. You can put a brand new filter with brand new media on, but if it's got old hoses, you'll get that. Fluvals are the worst, with their ribbed tubing, but my XP3 and Eheim did/do the same thing. I've found that running a few gallons out of the hoses from the bottom helps a lot.
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It's 'mulm', and it builds up in the hoses. You can put a brand new filter with brand new media on, but if it's got old hoses, you'll get that. Fluvals are the worst, with their ribbed tubing, but my XP3 and Eheim did/do the same thing. I've found that running a few gallons out of the hoses from the bottom helps a lot.
The only time I've noticed the "mulm" coming out of hoses is if the filter sits off for hours on end, like when I am moving tanks. What would make it loosen up if you're just doing routine cleaning?
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Honestly, I'm not sure. It may be determined by a lot of factors as well, which could be the reason you don't see it, but I have on every canister I've kept. I forgot to mention that I've found easing the valves open when starting up a filter, vs just opening them at once or leaving them open and plugging it in, seems to really cut back as well. I'd say that if you cut open your hoses, you'd see some in yours as well.
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Yea I always close my hoses and ease them open when starting them back up.
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I didn't use the ribbed hoses that came with the fx5 since they were slightly short so mine aren't ribbed.

Trying to catch it with a net is almost a waste of time. Catching it with a pitcher or bucket sounds better. Really need to grab the water with it as it comes out.
I never thought that there would be that much stuff coming out of those hoses.
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My 405 does it too, I have a Rena on the same tank and it only happens with the Fluval.

I always empty the filter water, rinse everything in tank water and scrub the surfaces but it still happens. I hadn't thought of using a bucket to catch it, good idea.
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It happens to my canister as well. My hoses are clear-green, so I can see the gunk buildup inside of them. Whenever I purge air bubbles from the canister it knocks loose some of this junk.
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