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Old 03-24-2008, 07:56 PM   #1
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Cleaning glass

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I have a question. How can I clean the tank's glass and leave it spotless? I know on the outside I could use Windex and what not, but inside?

I have this tank that has hard water deposit. I used a razor blade and I was able to remove at least 60%. I bought Lime-Off to finish it but I think it made it worse. Now There is even more residue from the lime off than from the water stains.

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Old 03-24-2008, 08:26 PM   #2
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Don't use Windex on the outside either. Run to much risk of getting some (even a amll amount in the tank). I use water and a microfiber for the outside. Those things are amazing. I never clean the inside except for my magentic algae scraper thing that I can't remember the **** name of at this exact moment
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:33 PM   #3
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I do use windex but I spray it on the paper towel in another room and then clean the outside glass. If you are looking for something to clean the glass inside then get a mag float magnet. They are the best thing since sliced bread. LOL Here is what they look like.

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The tank is empty right now, I want to set it up today/tomorrow but I want to remove those white water stains 100%.

I don't know if they are from hard water, calcium, lime or what. YOu know what white stains I am talking about, right?

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Be careful not to use anything on the inside (or the outside, really) that will leave any sort of fish-killing residue.
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For those white stains this is what I did. Get a bucket of water and add a cap or two of bleach. Wash the inside of the tank and do a really good job. Rinse the tank off really good. Then let the tank air dry for a day or two. Any bleach will be gone once the tank drys out. Then add your SW and it`s not necessary but if it makes you feel better then run some dechlorinator in the water. This is what I`ve done several times in my new SW tanks when I first got them. Another thing you can do is wash with a White vinegar/water solution. I`ve heard from others that this will work also. But do remember that if you use bleach you must let the tank air dry completely. This is important.
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I have used vinegar and bleach, not at the same time or in the same tank! I use dechlorinator after both as a precaution even though I rinse rinse rinse. Vinegar and a razor blade works well.
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I use a long tool with a razor blade attached designed for fish tanks for the hard to clean stuff and a light brush with a basic tooth brush to clean the basic algae. Still haven't invested in a mag-float yet probably should.
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i use windex and a jcloth works very well
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I do what Melosu does, and just spray windex on a paper towl (in a different room) and then just run that over the outside of the tank, keeping at least an inch from the top.

For cleaning the inside I have a plastic razor blade (b/c it's an acrylic tank) that I use and it does a pretty good job.

My acryllic tank is SOOooooo scratched up it's ridiculous. It doesn't bother me too much but I wish there was something I could do about it. I guess just from moving rocks around or maybe some sand got in between the mag float. By the look of some of the scratches I can tell they were from something in the mag float, which I don't get since it is a mag float designed specifically for acrylic tanks.
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