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Old 11-23-2017, 01:36 AM   #1
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Can't get stains off glass lids

On my glass lids even though they are clean it looks like there's a haze to them (like a milky haze) , I decided tonight to try white vinegar in the sink of a ratio of 1:1 water vs vinegar, it did absolutely nothing so now my question is i rinsed them very thoroughly with water about 1 min on each side, then dried them with a towel but afraid to put them back on the tank, how long should I rinse them for and how long should I let them dry before putting them back on?

My second question is how do I get this off my glass lids as I'm sure it's affecting my light penetration?
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Old 11-23-2017, 01:55 AM   #2
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razor blade. Gently! 45 degree angle.
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Old 11-23-2017, 02:08 AM   #3
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razor blade. Gently! 45 degree angle.
Tried it theres no residue on the glass what so ever it looks like its stained on the inside but it's not cause when it's wet it disappears, it looks like a stain on a table from say a coffee cup or something a razor blade dies nothing to it as it's smooth like its etched into the glass.

Also do you know if it's safe to put my lids back on after cleaning them with white distilled vinegar? I rinsed them very very thorough and dried them.

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Are you sure the lids are glass? As long as you rinse really really good, should be fine.
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Are you sure the lids are glass? As long as you rinse really really good, should be fine.
Yes I'm Sure the lids are glass I bought them when I got my led fixture
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I still think a razor blade will do it.
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I still think a razor blade will do it.
I have taken a razor blade to it about 10000 times there's nothing there to scrape off its like it's embedded in the glass that's why I tried white vinegar and baking soda.
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Vinegar is safe in tank ,so rinsing was fine.Some add it directly to tank as a form of carbon dosing.
I would not dilute the vinegar.
Try laying a paper towel on the glass and pour the vinegar[undiluted] on the paper towel and let it soak for 5-10 minutes.Then it should wipe away or the razor may help.
If this does not work then move up to CLR leaner.This stuff is not safe in the tank so rinsing is important but not hard to do.
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Vinegar is safe in tank ,so rinsing was fine.Some add it directly to tank as a form of carbon dosing.
I would not dilute the vinegar.
Try laying a paper towel on the glass and pour the vinegar[undiluted] on the paper towel and let it soak for 5-10 minutes.Then it should wipe away or the razor may help.
If this does not work then move up to CLR leaner.This stuff is not safe in the tank so rinsing is important but not hard to do.
Okay CB, thanks I'll try that vinegar thing if that don't work I'll try the clr and rinse very thoroughly, but tbh I need new lids anyways these things aren't even attached together anymore but I can't find lids that don't have the thick plastic in the middle that annoyingly blocks light I need seamless or whatever they are called. Do you know what they are called or where to find them, I read most people just make their own solid lids for their planted tanks.
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Many buy tanks at the $ per gallon sale and harvest the glass for affordable lids.
It kind of hurts to take apart a new tank but lids are pricey and often on smaller tanks very thin IMO.
As far as the plastic hinge blocking light just remove it anyways. I either leave the front of my tanks [with lids ] open or take the hinge out and use the handle to move the front part of lid when needed. I like taking the lids off completely for service anyways so this makes it easy to pull each piece separately.
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