We marine aquarists don’t clean our pumps anything like enough, instead letting them wear and crust up with calcium deposits and coraline algae. But with a pump cleaner like Sicce’s new Pump Clean aquarium equipment cleaner pumps that looked ready for the trash can be brought back from the dead and look and perform like new.
Add Pump Clean powder to water, soak the pump for three hours, give it a scrub with a brush and it should come up looking more like it did the day you bought it. It works on other equipment and utensils too.
And although its a chore, look at it more as protecting your investment, especially if it helps restore maximum flow through a wave pump cage or maximum air intake on a protein skimmer. Your pump will last longer and you’ll get more money if re-selling your old (cleaned,) kit to other reefers too!