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Old 03-26-2008, 01:37 PM   #11
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Is this for SW or FW? The reason I ask is I had that same problem on my 125 SW tank. Once it filled it up and let it sit for a bit, I easily scrapped it off of the inside.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:36 PM   #12
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For cleaning the outside is there anything wrong with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol? It immediately evaporates and the rest is pure water. Leaves everything Spotless. Just a few dabs on a paper towel.
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:41 PM   #13
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Alright while we are on the subject of cleaning glass - What is the white, crusty junk that forms around the HOB filter, exposed air hoses, thermometer clip, hood, etc. Is that stuff normal? and how to I get rid of it if it starts up on the tank I'm starting?
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When I clean my equipment, I use vinegar, works like a charm (and a brand new toothbrush).
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Alright while we are on the subject of cleaning glass - What is the white, crusty junk that forms around the HOB filter, exposed air hoses, thermometer clip, hood, etc. Is that stuff normal? and how to I get rid of it if it starts up on the tank I'm starting?
If you have a SW tank that is called salt creep. It is from water splashing onto the hoses and equipment. The water evaporates and leaves the salt behind. I usually just collect as much of it as I can and wipe the rest of. Do not put that back into your tank toss it.

As for cleaning the inside glass I would not have put lime-away inside a tank I intended for use with fish. Letting the tank soak with a water/vinegar or bleach solution for a day or to will work.
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Nope - not a saltwater - at least I could understand that - water evaporating and leaving salt - but I see it on freshwater tanks - the only way to describe it is white, crusty and flaky - If it builds up under the plastic of the light fixture you literally have to scrape it with a razor - and thats no some work - I don't know what it is or what cleans it easily - when I get to my buddy's house we will try the white vinegar
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:07 AM   #17
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It's mineral deposits from evaporated water. Scrape and wipe is about the only thing aquarium related to use, some diluted vinegar if you can remove the piece.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:58 AM   #18
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I get that white crusty stuff BAD warped. Hard water deposits. If it is on the hob filter, I take the filter to the sink, empty the media into a bowl ont he side. Then run the filter casing under hot water. Using my fingernails I just start scraping. A lot of the time it comes off in sheets. For the deposits that I can't get off, I use a razer blade. I also use the blade on the black trim of the tank. I get those deposits on my hood, light fixture (overspray from the splashing of the hob), trim, and filter. Keep up with it and it won't be so hard to maintain. We let ours go on the 29 gal tank and I am paying the price now trying to get it all cleaned up.
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Airstones are the biggest culprit. The bubbles come to the surface, pop and get water spray everywhere.
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:50 AM   #20
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This has been another episode of "Ask Mr. Science" -- well that explains that - and since my buddy has an air stone directly under his light that really explains that ---- kind of makes me wonder what the heck I'm drinking -- no, no, no, never mind --- I don't want to know - to quote a famous somebody "what doesn't kill me can only make me stronger............I hope
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