cleaning diffuser

Discussion in 'Carbon Dioxide (CO2)' started by jay, 26 Jul 2008.

  1. jay

    jay Member

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    Hi everyone.

    suddenly starting to get algae and detritus on the ceramic part of my diffuser. It usually comes off with a light brush but this stuff is staying.

    read before about using a bleach solution but im worried about that.

    Any ideas?
     
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  3. jay

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    Nice. Guess as long as i rinse it well afterwards, the bleach wont be a problem.

    Have to use my chisel diffuser for a bit, while I got the rhinox soaking :rolleyes:
     
  4. Dave Spencer

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    When I do my water changes, the ceramic diffuser becomes exposed. All I do is add a capful of Flourish Excel to the disc while it is exposed, killing off the algae. No need for rinsing etc.

    Dave.
     
  5. Superman

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    Good idea bat man, will try that myself.
     
  6. jay

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    Good thinking with the Excel.
    I did the bleaching for a few hours, then left it in a glass of 50/50 water/de-chlorinator.
    Then put it in clean water and burst the co2 through it for a few seconds to clear any cloudiness.

    Put it in the tank and all is well.
     
  7. Superman

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    I tried the easycarbo way and it didn't seem to work for me. Bit of a shame, although now I don't have a diffuser so don't have to worry about it!
     
  8. Dusko

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    What about vinegar??
    I have to clean mine and have no clue what to use?
    Easy Carbo, vinegar or bleach? Or all 3 at once?
    What about shading the diffuser so it doesn't get light??
    I was thinking to place a black plastic peace 2-3cm over it... did anyone try this before?

    Dusko
     
  9. Garuf

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    Stick to bleach, It's given me the best results. Shading it will only slow growth you'll still need to clean it, once a week seems to be best.

    I bleach for 5 minutes run under the tap then bleach for 10 then leave the whole lot in some dechlorinate for 20mins.

    One thing to note is NEVER EVER add co2 while there is bleach on the diffuser, what ever it is that is produced made me gag,vomit and have what felt like the worst ever hangover.
     
  10. Egmel

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    Probably some form of chlorine gas... nice :wideyed:
     
  11. Garuf

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    I figured that. I was curious as to what would happen and What I found was that it doesn't do anything good, so don't do it!
     
  12. nrwatson

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    What are your thoughts on Hydrogen peroxide
     
  13. spider72

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    Hi everyone
    I use hydrogen peroxide (6% solution from Boots) and it works quite well. No need to worry that diffuser is rinsed properly after cleaning as H202 is mach more less harmful than bleach and decomposes very quick.

    Regards
     
  14. billy boy

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    hi
    I tried useing hydrogen peroxide and found it did nothing, I left it soaking while i was doing my weekly wc, about a hour or so and it shifted nothing! i even tried scrubbing the diffuser with a tooth brush, which only moved a small amount :?

    So back to the bleach for me :)
     

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