Filter pipe advice needed

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    Hi All,

    I have a standard 60L tank with a Tetratex EX700 filter (with all the standard pipes and connectors).
    The plastic connectors that go from the plastic tubing into the tank (11 in the pic) are a #$!% to clean with those 90 degree bends.
    Is there a better alternative (maybe lily pipes or something like that)?

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    You can bend some perspex lily pipes and make 2 x sets that you can alternate.

    I use a piece of plastic wire and a wad of filter material that I pull through, cleans the pipe in 1 go.
     
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    Toothbrush the was never used or baby bottle brush works well too.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I have tried toothbrushes, as well as trying to pull though the brush I used to clean the pipes, but the bend is so sharp, that I can get them though.
    I have not tried it, but I am not sure if a baby's bottle brush will be flexible enough either ..
     
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    Sorry lost that bit.To clean the bends use a piece of filter wool twisted into a wad that fits tightly into the bend tie a piece of fishing line to it with one end sticking out at both sides and work it to and fro.
     
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    I used a piece of clothes line wire, the nylon coated plastic type, works great, its not to stiff not to bend.
     
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    souk it in bicorbensouda ?
    koeksoda
     
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    What does the bicarb do?
     
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    LOL Of course I forgot about that one the Bicarb will chow off all of the crap! Well thought wolf.
     
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    it cleans it
     
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    There are many ways to dislodge muck in filter pipes. As "wolf" mentioned, Bicarb of Soda does work. Just leave the one end closed off and pour some bicarb into the spraybar, shake about and then slowly ad a little vinegar. You'll see and hear that muck fizzle away. You may want to do this outside or in the bathroom, though. Works wonders on clogged drain pipes too. Alternatively, bleach or H2O2.

     
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    Thanks to all for the replies.
    You guys have given me some good ideas.
     

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