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Old 07-07-2003, 10:26 PM   #1
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What non-aquarium maintenance tools do you use?

I, like other reefers, have several maintenance tool that I use that you can't/don't get at the LFS, I'm wondering what you guys use on your aquarium that you gotta buy at walmart or home depot that you can't live without.

Probably the most essential tool I have is a toothbrush. I use the toothbrush for everything it seems, it is great for scrubbing patches of hair algae if they pop up, for scrubbing hard to reach places in my skimmer, to rake algae out of the GSP when it pops up, etc...

Next is a couple of bottle brushes, for cleaning the J tube and cleaning out the overflow box.

And, of course, I have a turkey baster and razor blades. Today I purchased a new aquarium tool from the feed store 8O a syringe and some needles.

So what all do ya'll use and what do you use it for?
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Old 07-07-2003, 10:35 PM   #2
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Other than the ones you have already mentioned I also use bamboo skewers for soft coral fragging or inserting frags into small holes. I also use it to clean the air tubes in my skimmer.

Haven't used a turkey baster but instead a baby doser which looks like a miniature baster.

I also use squirt bottles to keep top off water for the nano's. The ones you see at retaurants for ketchup. :P

I think by and large the toothbrush gets the most use. (leave it alone )

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I can't really add much to the list. I have finished wearing out a couple of toothbrushes on my tanks though.
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my petco pals card rarely saves me anything at petco, but it does make a great scraper for the glass ... plus every visit to petco gets me a fresh card with nice sharp edges

hrmm, maybe it's not a true "non-aquarium" tool ... but it's good none the less
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Along with what has already been said, I use a toilet brush(the type that looks like a big bottle brush) For my skimmer & knuckle brushes for the LR. And my favorite for those pieces that wont come apart my Leathermen.
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I use a toothbrush, and that is all really. I dont have all that much algae that is undesirable in visible places
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I dont have all that much algae that is undesirable in visible places
Hopefully it stays that way
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Well, I have more cyano than you could imagine in the fuge, along with lots of nasty brown crap. I have the brown on the sides of my tank, but you cant see from the sides. I just use my magfloat and run it over the front every other day or so to keep the brown from spreading. BUT on my 5.5 I still have a southdown storm, and there may be some algae in this one. But right now I think I am gonna dump all the sand out, then rinse some, and then put the sand in, and then add the water slowly.
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Along with what has already been said, I use a toilet brush(the type that looks like a big bottle brush) For my skimmer & knuckle brushes for the LR.
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And my favorite for those pieces that wont come apart my Leathermen.
what is that?
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baby bottle brushes and the little brushes for the nipples work great also.
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