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Old 08-13-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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Greatest cleaning tip of a glass aquarium!

So I bought a 95 gallon tank from my brother in law, who was using it as a turtle tank. There was a layer of calcium deposits and dried algea on the upper half, and especially where the filter was. I went down to the local hardware store and bought some 1200/1400 grit wet/dry sand paper. Not only did it remove the build up, but it shined the glass as well. Just make sure you use poetry of water if you try this. I highly recommend it!
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I've never thought of that. I'm assuming you mean plenty of water.
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:40 PM   #3
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Ha! **** you autocorrect. Yeah, plenty of water.
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That dosent scratch the glass??
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:16 PM   #5
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Nope. I use alot of fine grit sand paper at work to polish epoxy moldings. 700 grit does scratch the glass even though it feels pretty smooth. The 1400 grit literally feels like paper. It's super smooth. You can manually polish the glass by hand or use a electric sander. I used a sander and a water bottle and keep squirting the
Glass. You don't want to let it dry out or I suppose it will scratch it.
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Old 08-14-2011, 05:28 PM   #6
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Great post. Does this clean teh scratches out too? Could I use it on the outside of the tank in a few areas?
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Or, you can soften the buildup with vinegar and remove it with a plastic pot scrubber.
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I've never tried to get the scratchs out, but if you use a courser grit, like a 700, then use a 1200 and then use a 1400 that might work. Well at least that's what I do at work to get the epoxy moldings to look like glass.
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The 700 will definitely scratch the glass so just be sure to keep using finer sand paper until you buff out all the scrathes.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:42 PM   #10
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automotive stores go all the way up to 2000 grit, then use polishing compound to make it completely disappear, this works well on acrylic, I would suppose the same applies for glass.
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