This small device may look like an average pond pump, but “The Mini” is constructed of anti corrosion materials. Regular pond or aquarium pumps will start to deteriorate from the inside if any type of acidic solution is pumped through it. This will cause the pump to break down, and circulate residue which could possibly contaminate the ionizer machine. When pumps have warning labels that read “for water use only” it’s there for a reason. Don’t risk your Ionizer with the wrong type of pump. “The Mini” is designed to allow for acidic cleaning solutions to be used without risk of internal o-rings and gaskets deteriorating. “The Mini” includes a tank for the cleaning solution. Average cleaning time takes between 2 to 3 hours.