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    Quote Originally Posted by OnTheFly View Post
    Hardwater stains just melt off with vinegar.
    I respectfully disagree. I have personally lost several battles against water stains and calcium deposits with vinegar, as have many others. Aquarium groups on Facebook are always abound with people begging for help because the usual vinegar tricks aren't working for them.

    A quick glance at a razor will reveal if it is nicked. I've never scratched glass with a razor, but I've got plenty of little scratches and gouges in some of my tanks from little things like sand grit that were in a cloth/sponge/wiper that I thought were clean, or a piece of sand caught in a mag wiper.

    I have wasted time, money, and sweat trying all the other methods, from vinegar to glass cleaning products to the Magic Eraser, mag scrapers, etc. Nothing compares to the ease at which a razor cleans glass. It just glides right across the glass and takes water stains and even pesky green spot algae off in one swipe.

    Wipe your blade off after use and keep it on a shelf where it won't be dropped/hit/played with and it will stay super sharp and clean for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    Nothing compares to the ease at which a razor cleans glass. It just glides right across the glass and takes water stains and even pesky green spot algae off in one swipe.

    Wipe your blade off after use and keep it on a shelf where it won't be dropped/hit/played with and it will stay super sharp and clean for years.
    Nice tip. Thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    I respectfully disagree. I have personally lost several battles against water stains and calcium deposits with vinegar, as have many others. Aquarium groups on Facebook are always abound with people begging for help because the usual vinegar tricks aren't working for them.

    A quick glance at a razor will reveal if it is nicked. I've never scratched glass with a razor, but I've got plenty of little scratches and gouges in some of my tanks from little things like sand grit that were in a cloth/sponge/wiper that I thought were clean, or a piece of sand caught in a mag wiper.

    I have wasted time, money, and sweat trying all the other methods, from vinegar to glass cleaning products to the Magic Eraser, mag scrapers, etc. Nothing compares to the ease at which a razor cleans glass. It just glides right across the glass and takes water stains and even pesky green spot algae off in one swipe.

    Wipe your blade off after use and keep it on a shelf where it won't be dropped/hit/played with and it will stay super sharp and clean for years.
    Don't know what to say. I remove calcium deposits very frequently with vinegar. As recently as yesterday on two tank lids I purchased at a swap.

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    Perhaps the deposits are not entirely the same. It is wonderful that plain vinegar works so well for you, OnTheFly.
    Boof tried that route and it did not produce a result that he was satisfied with. It is great to have other options for our various dilemmas.

    Every one of us has slightly differing things we deal with. Even if two people purposefully set out to create two identical tanks, they would differ in various ways. So when something doesn't provide terrific results, it is nice to have another option to try to get better results. This Forum is a terrific resource to share many such options with one another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiversGirl View Post
    Perhaps the deposits are not entirely the same.
    That's likely the case. Different mineral deposit other than calcium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluewaterBoof View Post
    I respectfully disagree. I have personally lost several battles against water stains and calcium deposits with vinegar, as have many others.
    With old tank glass, or new?

    I can see how dried on filth that has sat for years can be stubborn, but for tanks in use, the Magic Erasers work fine for me
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    What exactly is a magic eraser? I suppose I could google that lol. Acrylic is the only thing I've had terrible problems with long ago . That can almost be permanent damage if neglected for a long time.
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    Only the "original" is suitable, the kitchen or bath ones come loaded with detergents

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    Old and new, Slap ol' buddy. My used 55g had been sitting with the water stains for a couple of months before I got a hold of it. That's the one that was so bad that I turned it on its side and let it soak in pure white vinegar over night and it didn't even touch the stuff. I had to scrub the bejeezus out of the tank with Bar Keepers Friend to get the majority of it off.

    My 90g, on the other hand, was essentially brand new. The guy got it for some cichlids about a month prior and his wife told him to get rid of it. The tank had just a tiny bit of water stains near the upper frame and I had to sit there for twenty minutes out front with a garden hose and my can of BKF.

    As you guys mentioned, it is probably due to varying factors in both water chemistry and how old the glass is, although I'm fairly surprised as I check my water params often and it is only around 5-7dH, which is soft.

    Anywho, I wasn't trying to say vinegar doesn't work for some, and I apologize if my message came off that way. I just wanted to point out that it isn't always the best option for some people.

    Here is a quick vid of me and a razor going to town on a little 10g. There's no fish in it, so I'm pretty lax with topping it off and it gets water stains on a daily basis.


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    No offense taken on this end Blue. If I ever feel the need to get angry over an aquarium cleaning method on the internet I probably need to find something constructive to do.

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