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Old 08-03-2010, 07:30 PM   #1
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How to clean glass tops and black lids?

I just bought a used fish tank from craigslist and I was wondering how do I get the stubborn stains off the glass tops?

Also how do I get the black lids and the top of the lights looking new again. I know I can't use armor-all but what can I use to make it shine and look new?
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:49 PM   #2
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You can try using a water and vinegar solution, and for the glass, you can try the razor that comes in a utility knife.
As for the black, you can maybe try finding some aquarium paint?
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You can try using a water and vinegar solution, and for the glass, you can try the razor that comes in a utility knife.
As for the black, you can maybe try finding some aquarium paint?

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I use vinegar on all used tanks parts and a razor blade for those really tough hard water stains.
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will the vinegar bother the fish?

I know I have to wash and rinse but do I have anything to worry about?
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dont clean it while its on the tank... as long as you rinse it good, it'll be fine. You'll find that life is much easier without glass tops or hoods. I learned to hate mine real quick.
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I am afraid my fish will jump out.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:23 AM   #7
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Don't use it if your fish are in there. Maybe you can "borrow" a window screen from your window (clean it first) and stick that over the tank while you are cleaning the lid.
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And get some eggcrate to use a top for the tank so you can remove the glass tops. Or get some bird mesh (ľ" or Ĺ" holes) from Lowes/HD and some screen material to make your own custom top.

BRS Clear 1/4" Screen Netting 6.5' x 2.5'

BRS Clear 1/2" Screen Netting 6.5' x 2.5'

Along the side for Realted Products you'll see the frame and spine material.

You may want to PM austinsdad as he bought a roll of this clear netting. You can get the other parts locally.
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You said you just got this tank... did you cycle it first? I suggest you read the links in cmor's signature above.
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