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  1. #1

    Default Cleaning the glass on old tanks


    0 Not allowed!
    I bought a 20g high, two 20g long, stands, lights, HOB, air pump, 6-7 plecos, and 50 or so cherry shrimp for $100!! Feeling pretty good about myself until I tried to clean the glass. It is somewhat milky looking. I am in AZ where it truly isn't a feat to walk on water; our water here is around 8.2-8.5 out of the tap. So lots of calcium build up.

    So for those of you buy used stuff, how do you get your glass clean? Please don't say vinegar; it ain't touching this stuff.
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    I used vinegar (sorry)
    To get some of the tougher build up off, I used a razor blade and I also let the vinegar soak a bit on some spots.

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    Out of curiosity why not vinegar? I do a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. Works rather well.
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    I'm curious to know why not vinegar as well. I've heard of people using CLR to clean the water deposits off the glass but have never needed to go that drastic myself, http://www.myaquariumclub.com/cleani...-pro-2754.html I would use it if I had to to get the glass clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    I'm curious to know why not vinegar as well. I've heard of people using CLR to clean the water deposits off the glass but have never needed to go that drastic myself, http://www.myaquariumclub.com/cleani...-pro-2754.html I would use it if I had to to get the glass clean.
    The vinegar wasn't cutting it at all. I did use the CLR and it did the trick on the calcium build up, but took some elbow grease. The glass is cloudy; you can still see through it, but want it to be crystal clear. Used different cleaners on it; Windex seems to be the best so far, but had to apply it several times and really scrub. We are getting there, but didn't think it would be this much work.
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    Oh ok, didn't realize you had already tried vinegar. Rereading your original post it makes more sense now. hahaha Have you tried soaking the tank? Spray on whatever cleaner you are using and just leaving it there for a bit and then go back with more cleaning and scrub it?
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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    +1 to the above

    Lay the tank so the pain of glass you want to clean is flat, apply a large amount of what you want to use to clean on the glass, then cover it with paper towel and apply some more. This will allow the calcium built to soak in the cleaner and become easily removed with the right cleaner

    I have done this before removing calcium build on a glass aquarium that was set up for many years as a reef tank. The calcium build up was the worst that I have ever seen (which was why I got such a great deal on the tank). After a overnight soak using the above method, the calcium almost wiped off with the paper towel. Butt I did use vinegar for this. It should also work well for the CLR if that is what you would choose to use.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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