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blindskate 04-09-2008 01:07 PM

Mag float or algae scrubber?
  1. What works best for you?
I use both, i never thought my mag float worked too good, and the algae scrubber still leaves residue. anybody else use anything else?

roka64 04-09-2008 01:08 PM

I use a razor scraper.

blindskate 04-09-2008 01:13 PM

...and then the filter just sucks it up?

roka64 04-09-2008 01:14 PM

Yep and then I wait about half a day or a day and do a PWC and clean out the filter.

pitt420dude 04-09-2008 01:17 PM

I use a mag float and a plastic scraper b/c I have an acrylic tank.

The magfloat would work better if you used it every day I think. I don't so for the stuff that is really hard to get off I have to use a plastic blade.

blindskate 04-09-2008 01:22 PM

believe me the mag float gets used alll day (little sister) thinks its cool that its just conencted though the tank lol.

tkos 04-09-2008 01:52 PM

I use the mag float for a quick job during the week. If it is heavy buildup I use the algae pad during water changes when I don't mind getting into the tank. If done frequently it should get to be too bad.

blindskate 04-09-2008 01:53 PM

i use he algae scrubber but it leaves scum behind and it gets all heavy and filled with crud. then i do a water change and refill all the evaporated water. funn stufff

cmor1701d 04-09-2008 02:38 PM

I use a mag almost daily and a Kent scraper at least once a week. They make both glass and acryllic scrapers. You can try rinsing the algea pad outside of the tank in some tank water every so often to remvoe the buildup before it floats around the tank.

Kurt_Nelson 04-09-2008 04:41 PM

I do the same as cmor - mag float daily, scraper weekly.

One thing though... if you keep your mag float attached to the glass and in the tank, it will end up growing algae on itself and as someone already noted, become more of an "algae smearing pad" versus an algae cleaning pad. Yeah... it's convenient, but ends up reducing its effectiveness.

I take my magnet cleaner out of the tank after each cleaning and dry it off. It's still almost as clean as the day I got it.

fijiwigi 04-09-2008 09:09 PM

I just bought a Magfloat 5 days ago. Best 13 dollars I ever spent. Made my life easier and my tank view much more enjoyable.

cmor1701d 04-09-2008 09:14 PM

You can also get an attachment for the mag float that holds a razor for the coraline growth.

blindskate 04-09-2008 09:19 PM

i love hoe this thread is being talked in alot, didnt think it would. thanks for all the feedback guys! getting a razor scraper tonite!!

melosu58 04-09-2008 09:33 PM

I just use a mag float. Suits my needs

warped1 04-10-2008 09:52 AM

:n00b: Here is the newbie question of the day -- What the heck is a mag float - :confused:

Fishyfanatic 04-10-2008 10:00 AM

Here is a Mag Float: Mag-Float Magnetic Aquarium Glass Cleaner -Medium at Big Al's Online

I use the mag float for diatoms and easy to remove algae on the glass. A razor works a lot better for other types of algae. I usually scrape during a water change when the water level is low so I can easily pull out algae that scrapes off.

roka64 04-10-2008 10:47 AM

Warped1, please to not use a razor on an acrylic tank. They are for glass. There are scrapers for acrylic. Just in case you have an acrylic tank....

pitt420dude 04-10-2008 11:02 AM

Marineland makes an "acrylic razor" which is basically a plastic razor blade that won't scratch acrylic. Sometimes having an acrylic tank is really a drag.

blindskate 04-10-2008 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by warped1 (Post 858803)
:n00b: Here is the newbie question of the day -- What the heck is a mag float - :confused:

its a magnet, one half goes on the inside of the tank and the other goes out the out and you move it around the tank to get algae off. =)

blindskate 04-10-2008 12:13 PM

acrylic is kinda like plexi glass right?...I deffinently have glass, ayay for razors. =)

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