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Hydor Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner Review

The Hydor Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner makes it easy to clean aquarium equipment.

By David Lass | May 3, 2012

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One of the least-appealing aspects of our hobby has to be cleaning grubby equipment. Hydor has come up with an excellent new product, the Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner, that gets pieces of equipment like powerheads and pumps sparkling clean with virtually no effort.

Hydor Cleaner

Aquarium equipment before using the Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner.

The Claims
Hydor claims that its Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner removes grungy deposits, such as calcium and lime, from aquarium equipment. Just soak a piece of equipment for up to 24 hours in Magi-Klean, use a brush for stubborn places, rinse and return the cleaned item to the saltwater fish aquarium.

The Tests
As I have often done with products for use in marine aquariums (I only have three saltwater fish aquariums up and running, and all are testing new products), I enlisted the help of some fish stores. I gave packages of Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner to some local fish stores with large marine sections, and I asked them to try the product on their most heavily encrusted pumps, powerheads, etc.

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Aquarium equipment after using the Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner.

The Results
All of the stores that tried the Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner were impressed with how well it worked. Some of their pumps were heavily encrusted with calcium and purple coralline algae, and after an overnight soaking, every piece of equipment was clean and looking like new.

The Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner is a powdered form of phosphonic acid, which is more effective and safer to use than what hobbyists usually do to clean these pumps. Weak acids (such as vinegar or citric acid) take a long time to work, and often the majority of the cleaning is done by the hobbyist. Stronger acids (such as muriatic acid) work, but they can be difficult to use, and there are potential dangers with them. Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner is stronger and more effective than any other method, and it is completely safe, as long as you follow the instructions.

Conclusions
Hydor's new Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner is a unique and effective product. It makes it easy to restore any piece of aquarium equipment to its pristine original condition. Anything that can be removed and put in a container for soaking can be cleaned. I recommend Hydor's Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner to any hobbyist with calcium- or lime-encrusted equipment.

Hydor USA
Magi-Klean Pump and Accessory Cleaner
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