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Avoid Bacteria with Bubble Tube Cleaning

Avoid Bacteria with Bubble Tube Cleaning

Sensory bubble tubes are made from high quality, durable materials. They feature a state of the art operating system which is both reliable and powerful, and when they’re looked after correctly they can last you many years.

However, neglecting a bubble tube’s cleaning routine can cause it to become a breeding ground for algae and bacteria, including harmful organisms like legionella.  This growth can also affect the diffuser, reducing the amount of bubbles that are released. Over time, substantial amounts of bacteria and algae could even result in the tube’s motor breaking.

How to Clean Your Bubble Tube

Your lamp is a visual piece of equipment. If its effects are obscured then it won’t have the same impact on its users. To prevent this from happening, we would recommend a water change either every 4-6 weeks or 8-12 weeks. This is dependent on factors such as the tube’s exposure to sunlight, its size and the addition of BCB fluid.

There are a couple of methods which can be used to clean your bubble tube. Whichever you choose, please remember to remove your bubble tube lamp from any power outlet before you start cleaning.


Siphoning is a cost-effective method of emptying your tube. All that is required for this is an appropriate length of tubing, your bubble tube and a bucket. Fill the tubing with water, and then block both ends (this can be done using your hands). Submerge one section into the bubble tube and place the other end over the bucket. Unplug both ends and the water should begin to leave the bubble tube. Please do not use your mouth to start the siphoning process. This is dangerous as the water could contain harmful bacteria, such as legionella as well as the chemicals contained in BCB fluid.

Emptying Kits

The second method is more efficient and much less messy! Use a specially made bubble tube emptying kit to quickly change the water for your bubble tube. Simply attach the two ends of hose to the pump and follow our step-by-step instructions.

After you have successfully cleaned your sensory bubble tube, you should ensure that no cracks or breakages have occurred as a result. These are potential safety hazards, especially when you reconnect your bubble tube to its power source. Once you’re certain that your equipment hasn’t been damaged, replace its lid.


How to slow down bubble tube bacteria

You can slow down the build-up of bubble tube bacteria by adding a biocide product to the water on a monthly basis. We suggest using a product called BCB which is available in both tablet and liquid form.

BCB is a specially designed formula which is gentle on the acrylic tube and doesn’t scratch or cloud it. It has been formulated based on the popular Bronopol biocide, a formula proven to prevent the spread of green algae and reduce the risks of harmful bacteria growth. It is not advisable to use sterilizing tablets, as this could damage the inside of the tube over time.

You should also consider the use of distilled water, as tap water will still contain a level of bacteria and lead to faster regrowth.


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