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Old 05-12-2011, 02:41 AM   #1
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Anyone have an easy way to remove what I believe is hard water spots, or calcium buildup? Someone gave me a 55 gallon for free today but it was in pretty rough shape cleanliness wise, i gave it a good scrub down with some hot water but there are quite a few stains left in the glass, Im not sure if there is even a way to remove them, anyone else had success with something like this?
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Anyone have an easy way to remove what I believe is hard water spots, or calcium buildup? Someone gave me a 55 gallon for free today but it was in pretty rough shape cleanliness wise, i gave it a good scrub down with some hot water but there are quite a few stains left in the glass, Im not sure if there is even a way to remove them, anyone else had success with something like this?
Use white vinegar. I'd start with it diluted (25-50%), if that doesn't cut thru it use it full strength. I use baking soda to neutralize it afterwards then rinse, rinse and rinse 2 more times.
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Thank you this worked great! Had to break down and buy the aqueon version of the python about halfway through. Tank is looking good hoping to get the rest of the stuff I need for it this weekend so I can start cycling
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Thank you this worked great! Had to break down and buy the aqueon version of the python about halfway through. Tank is looking good hoping to get the rest of the stuff I need for it this weekend so I can start cycling
Good to hear.

If you haven't found it, this is a good guide to cycling:

Fishless Cycling For Dummies

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