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Old 04-30-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Bought a former saltwater tank, can't seem to get it clean

I got a pretty good deal on a 55 gallon former saltwater tank. I've gotten most of it pretty clean, but there's still some stuff on the glass that I can't quite seem to get off. The best way I can describe it, is that it looks like little fingerprints on the inside of the glass. Any ideas on how to clean this stuff off? A razor blade, algae scrubber, and vinegar doesn't seem to help.
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
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Is it on the inside surface or really inside the glass?
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Have you tried bleach?
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:13 PM   #4
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Use straight vinegar on a towel if its on a verticle piece of glass, follow with a razor blade. I just cleaned a 210 former reef tank(210g discus build) using nothing but cheap walmart vinegar at full strength(cheaper the better) and a no 5 straight edge razor blade, also the dollar stores carry a ton of cleaning tools, spent 10 bucks and got everything I need to clean any tank I come across.
I know some can be tough but is it like etched almost?
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Is it on the inside surface or really inside the glass?
Yup, it's on the inside surface. I put my finger on the outside, and moved my head, and the perspective changed. I "think" I can feel it, but that might be my imagination since I know it's there anyway.

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Have you tried bleach?
No, I've always been a little leery of using bleach in an aquarium. Do you think it would work for this? I can always rinse the tank really well and use a lot of dechlorinator.

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Use straight vinegar on a towel if its on a verticle piece of glass, follow with a razor blade. I just cleaned a 210 former reef tank(210g discus build) using nothing but cheap walmart vinegar at full strength(cheaper the better) and a no 5 straight edge razor blade, also the dollar stores carry a ton of cleaning tools, spent 10 bucks and got everything I need to clean any tank I come across.
I know some can be tough but is it like etched almost?
Now when you say straight vinegar, do you mean 100% and not the diluted kind from a grocery store? The only stuff I found at Kroger was 5%. Maybe that's why I couldn't get it cleaned earlier. I haven't checked out Wal-Mart yet. It doesn't seem to be etched at all. The spots are rounded, and basically look like water spots. I've tried a razor blade, and that did nothing. It's not a very good picture of it, but you can see some on the left side of the tank: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink I had the tank full just to check for leaks, and to see how some of the fake driftwood that came with it looked. It still looked fake with water in it... lol


I have been following your Discus build. It looks great so far! The funny thing is, that's why I bought this 55 gallon! I've been wanting a Discus tank for a while, and then I came across this setup on Craigslist.
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I've used baking soda to clean a tank that just wouldn't come clean and have had good results.
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I`ve used bleach many a time on aquariums. You just add a few caps of bleach into a small bucket of water. Then clean the tank. You do have to rinse good and you then have to let it air dry completely. Whenever I have set a tank up for someone I have always cleaned with bleach. Never had not one problem.
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When you pass a razor blade over it, can you feel the razor hit it? or does it glide right over it without catching anything? If it just glides over but you can still feel it with your finger then it may be an area that is just heavily scratched.
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does it still look the same when its got water in it? all my tanks have a white cloudy film on them no matter how much i scrub when theyre dry... once they're full of water, you cant see it
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I can feel the razor blade hit it a little bit, but it's got to be at a pretty shallow angle. I can really hear it though. The funny thing is, I can't feel it with my finger much. It also looks a little better with water in it, but the spots are still visible. I know what you mean about that white film though. Hopefully it will look better once I get my lights in it. It came with an actinic and 10k bulb, and I've got two 67k bulbs on the way.
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