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Advice on cleaning aquarium glass
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Andy
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PostPosted: 2003.03.03(Mon)4:02    Post subject: Advice on cleaning aquarium glass Reply with quote

Hi

I have just purchased a second hand aquarium. The glass is in a very dirty state with green algae spots and a film of scum on the inside and calcified water drip stains on the outside.

I have managed to clean most of the green algae off with plain water and a soft scrubbing brush, however I can't shift the scum on the inside.

I have tried using vinegar on the outside but the stains remain.

Can anyone suggest what I can safely use to remove both the scum and water stains without risk of scratching the glass.

Thanks in advance.
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SolidBrass
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PostPosted: 2003.03.03(Mon)9:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

The non-scratch type scrubbies and vinegar should do the job. For those spots that just refuse to move, use a safety razor blade, the kind that has only one surface sharpened. It helps here if the scum/scale is wet, but it is also harder to see whether you got it all or not. Let it dry aftewards, retouch what you see that is left.
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HIM243
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PostPosted: 2003.03.03(Mon)10:15    Post subject: Glass Reply with quote

Bleach, but let it dry completely
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Andy
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PostPosted: 2003.03.03(Mon)10:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Won't the Bleach be harmful to the fish ?
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PostPosted: 2003.03.03(Mon)11:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fill up my tanks, then take a clean kitchen spatula.......it comes off like majic.............


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HIM243
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PostPosted: 2003.03.03(Mon)12:16    Post subject: Bleach Reply with quote

First clean with bleach. Then rinse with tap. Make sure the tank drys completely. I will say it again completely!!! The bleach will vaporize. Idea
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PostPosted: 2003.03.03(Mon)16:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

razors work really well but be carefull cause if you catch an edge or end of the blade it can scratch the glass.
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Andy
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PostPosted: 2003.03.04(Tue)3:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your advice ! Very Happy
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arpi
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PostPosted: 2003.03.06(Thu)22:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

try with salt. It won't scratch your glass.
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PostPosted: 2003.03.22(Sat)13:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had previously purchased a used tank. all you have to do is go to a store and buy a brillow pad. metal or plastic it doesn't matter. I scrubbed it and came right off with a little rinse. didn't even scratch the glass. IMO do not use chemicals. it's a risk you don't have to take.
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