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Old 04-15-2008, 10:38 AM   #11
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Why not? That would have been my first attempt. If there is nothing in the tank, and you plan to use things like Novus anyway, toothpaste can't be any worse than that. You would have to wash it really good afterward anyway, so there is no worry of contamination to future aquatic residents.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:57 AM   #12
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My rule of thumb is never put anything inside the tank that is not safe for aquatic residents. If you wouldn't squirt a tube of toothpaste into the tank while fish are in it, I wouldn't use it inside the tank. It's the same reason why you don't clean your tank or ornaments with soap.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:03 AM   #13
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I guess my question still remains then, if you must remove the scratches, and plan to use something like Novus (a rather strong chemical) to do so anyway, toothpaste seems like a much more benign alternative. If you were in need of a scratch remover for the inside of your tank, how would you do it then, without applying something that would potentially be unsafe for aquatic life?
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While fishy's rule of thumb is a 100% effective rule, I still think it is possible to use some harsh chemicels in a completely dry tank, that you can then bleach, and rinse, multiple times, and then rinse more, and then let sit out in the sun for a day or two, and make it safe.

Still, IMO it's easier to just not use anythign harsh at all if you don't have to.

That being said, I'm hesistant to spend $60 on a removal kit that is safe for fish but probably not effective. I've got an arylic tank with some REALLY nasty scratches in it. Perhaps once my planted hits it's stride I'll work on getting them out somehow.
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That's the main reason why we do not have acrylic tanks. I am not comfortable putting a harsh chemical into the tank that will house my fish.
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once you clean the tank out very well it will be fine. tothpaste would be a good idea on some small scratches. but the scratches in this tank are not small. the scratch removal "novus" that we bought only cost 7 dollars. it works very well i am happy with the out come so far.
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