How often should this be cleaned?
I bought this yesterday, cat loves it, but i'm noticing there's already black stuff on the outside towards the back. Isn't that what the filters for, to clean the water?
How often should the outside be cleaned, and how often should the filter area be cleaned?
asked 1 month, 1 week ago
on Aqua Fountain Aqua Cube Pet Fountain, 40 oz
I don't use the filters as they seem to trap the bacteria that gets in the water from the cats saliva/paws (if they paw at the water). Filters won't kill the bacteria and it will grow and grow leaving black mold/pink slimy bacteria in/on the unit.
Have to disassemble the entire unit (including disassembling the pump) at least every other day and scrub out. A solution of vinegar and water works well...then rinse with regular water. I also use a couple of types of dish brushes I bought to use only for this. I also remove the water daily, swish fresh water around and then put in clean fresh water.
answered 1 week, 2 days ago
I haven't had a problem with "black stuff." Still, I clean the unit at least weekly, including taking it apart. And I use filtered water from the fridge. I don't think the filtered water is really necessary; however, it's colder that way and my cats seem to like it better (and my husband insists). I find that if I let it get too low, it starts getting noisy. Took a while to discover what that noise was when we first got it, but I just make sure that it's full when I go to bed. I'm not sure if this will help with the black stuff; hope you've found out what is causing it.
answered 2 weeks, 3 days ago
I clean mine once a week . I take it all apart including the small pump ( fyi which can cause your water flow to stop ) Other wise it should work great ! I clean mine with soup and water and Clorox wipes after then rinse it . If you don't have the wipes I also will take a small amount of bleach and water and rinse good . Q-tips also help to get in the tough spots . Takes me less then 10 minutes . Rinse the filter in cold water when you do that but of course don't use soap or bleach on that !
answered 3 weeks, 1 day ago