Quick Guide to cleaning marine pumps and equipment with household vinegar (Acetic acid)

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    Nice article Les.
    That scum from soaking is impressive!
     
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    shot david, trying to find the vid i took of the acid dissolving the corraline, its pretty impressive but ive misplaced or deleted it !
     
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    Also pretty impressive growth for six months with a move in between.
    Those fingers are pretty wrinkly, did you soak them as well?
     
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    my tanks been in a bit of a state of late so was actually cleaning (hence the wrinkly fingers) when i got a bee in my bonnet to clean the pumps, i actually like the corraline look on the pumps and always left it on the brackets of my Tunzes washing only the pumps, but these pumps require you to clean the entire pump which isnt a bad thing, looks like ive just taken them out of the box and popped them in.
     
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    You missed a spot there...:tt2:. Nice cleaning guide+pics and impressive coraline growth on the pump:thumbup:.
     
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    my hands were so sore i reckon ill be a bit more thorough next time lol, still had to get my entire tank back up to scratch.. neglected it a little latley.
     
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    Vinegar works. But be careful with the cords. Some power cords do not like vinegar and the vinegar makes the plastic hard. Which then cracks as the wire is bent during normal handling. Normally happens at the point were the wire enters the pump body.

    Hang the pump so that the power cord does not lie in vinegar. Use clothes pegs to secure the cord to the top of the plastic bucket used.
     
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    helpful, thanks
     
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