How to soak / clean pumps

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  1. Michael B

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    Hi Folks,

    I would like to soak / clean some of my pumps & have read, the best is to soak in vinegar over night?

    Is that standard home vinegar, that I would find in our cupboard?

    Also, how much do I add to a bucket of R/O water to soak overnight?

    Lastly, once soaked overnight in vinegar, I assume I should rinse in R/O water - anything else I should do or just soak?

    Thanks all

    Michael B
     
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    Yes standard vinegar, guys have had good results with 50/50 mix overnight or even 24hrs but it depends on how bad it is. And you can use tap water to rinse it off.

    Trev
     
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    I just added my pumps to a bucket with about 4 litres of water, added some vinegar (not sure how much but I estimate around 100ml) and left for a few days. The water was already pink after 12 hours but I left it in there for around 3 days due to laziness. Used a nail brush to scrub the pumps.
     
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    I did mine about a month ago, used a big polystyrene box I got some fish in. Not sure on how much tap water and vinegar I used but actually ran the equipment in the solution for 4 hours on a Saturday afternoon.

    I also opened up all pumps and cleaned with a brush and towel.

    Used the 5 % concentration clear, non flavored vinegar.

    Pumps performance was noticeably better, I would say at least a 30 % improvement.

    I did this for auto top up unit, return, skimmer and power heads.
     
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    Vinegar dissolves Calcium.
     
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    Awesome - thanks so much all for the feedback (dam I dig this web site :))
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    vinnegar is acidic so it eats the corraline and disldges it from the pump..

    i add a little warm water the vapour is hectic but it works well..
     
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    Thanks a million leslie
     
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    Noob question but I take it this is for flow pumps, cleaning the return is something I would want to do fast to get the loop running again right?
     
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    Would agree, but I have bought a second return pump, so that I can "service" one (soak clean etc) & have the one running until the next "service"
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    your welcome,

    cleaned a friends wavebox that was covered in corraline last night, 10lt water 1/4 of a 750ml bottle of vinegar and left it to soak in warm water.. when i woke up this morning all corraline gone..

    i simply wiped the item with a clean dry towell. it looks good as new.
     
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    i would run the pump in a warm water and vinegar solution for 15-20 min, strip out impellor clean shaft and magnet housing rinse in freshwater and return the pump to the sump..

    the whole process shoulent take more than 30 mim..

    remember the stronger the vinegar solution the quicker it eats ant muck and corraline. the shorter the downtime of the tank.. worth using a bottle of R5 vinegar to service a R1k pump and get going quickly..
     
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    That is great news - I'm in for a busy weekend (at least it will keep me out the shops LOL)
     
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