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|Slime and Water
Steve B from Novato, CA, one of our customers, experienced slime build up in his fountain
(he uses his fountain without any filter) and asked what to do:
Are there any safe additives that you would recommend, to reduce or eliminate clear slime?
I clean the fountain thoroughly every 7 days. (Complete, inside tubing, motor etc) Every few cleanings, I will pre-rinse in vinegar or a mild Clorox/water solution. I’ve even tried hydrogen peroxide. None help, I still get a slime build-up.
I also use Brita filtered water. I’m about 95% sure it’s the water, not the cat causing this. I can leave a bowl of water not accessible to the cat and it will start to slime in 7 days or so. Any suggestions appreciated.
We'd sent him our antimicrobial tubing and made some suggestions. So he started a test series
that ran over several weeks.
Last response for now. I’m where I need to be.
I didn’t have any noticeable slime this week. Very pleased since I didn’t clean the fountain last week, only changed the water. I could have gone another week but cleaned instead. Once again, the control dish of tap water only, didn’t have slime either but may have been starting to get cloudy. (Stretching the imagination)
Brita filter water is absolutely worthless for my fountain.
Distilled, human grade is the answer to 99%+ of my slime issue. I use Arrowhead.
Good quality food grade tubing is adequate for my fountain and normal cleaning routine. The silver infused gives me a little added piece of mind and might allow me to extend cleaning even further during unusual conditions. (Hospitalization, vacation etc.)
I wish to thank you for the tubing and the motivation to do these tests. If you have any new ideas or products, please let me know.
The low-voltage germicidal ultraviolet lamp produces
ultraviolet wavelengths that are lethal to microorganisms. The ultraviolet energy
emitted is at 365-369 nanometers. This wavelength is highly lethal to
virus, bacteria and mold spores. As a result, the microorganisms that pass
through the filter housing are deactivated, preventing them from
reproducing and rendering them harmless.
We'r running a test
momentarily to find out how long a fountain can run continuously until slime
builds or the water gets cloudy.
We're using a plastic
bucket (plastic usually forms slime much quicker than ceramics) and one of
our ceramic test lids. The bucket was rinsed, equipped with a freshly filled charcoal filter/UV lamp/pump unit
and antimicrobial tubing, filled with filtered tap water and placed in a quiet corner of
Results so far: