View Full Version : Taking a wirebrush to overflow baffles?

04/02/2009, 04:54 AM
I've got a good bit of algae buildup in my overflow baffles. Weekly, I have to clean the cutouts to allow water flow. If I slack, then they get clogged and the water level rises in the tank.

Anyone see anything wrong with taking a wirebrush to the baffles? I figure that'll clean more out than me yanking with my fingers. I haven't had a chance to go to Lowes to get some black pvc to fashion a sort of shade for the overflow to keep light out.


04/02/2009, 05:12 AM
I use a toothbrush occasionally. I'd be hesitant to use wire. A stiff nylon or plastic bristle brush would be safer. Use a filter sock or something to catch the debris so you reduce the risk of spreading the algae.

04/02/2009, 05:43 AM
ya wire brush may do harm in the long run. I use a glass scrubber pad that i cut up. I think the pad was like $3 and i cut it up into like 10 different pieces. Every other week i use one and then toss it.