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    My glass top still has build up from when I had it running last time. I got most of it off with a regular scrubbie sponge but I am not satisfied with it. I know that it will get all cruddy again in time but it is irritating the crap out of me. Should I use steel wool or a razor blade on it? I think steel wool will most likely scratch the crap out of it, Or am I wrong?
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    Use white vinegar.

    Wet a rag, wring it out, then dump on some vinegar...it will take some effort, but the vinegar should remove most if not all of the buildup.

    Then rinse the lid well in tap water
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    Vinegar is as good as it gets for an aquarium safe cleaner. Not that you want to get it in your water but you don't have to be concerned slight residue would ever cause a problem. A quick rinse after cleaning and you're good.

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    You can even put some straight vinegar in a spray bottle, spray on and let soak for a while before wiping down.

    We keep a spray bottle of vinegar on hand at all times, many uses around the house as well.
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    WHITE vinegar.
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    Thanks. I never thought about vinegar.

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    Sometimes vinegar won't remove it. I've bought some used tanks that had horrible water stains and not even an overnight soak in pure vinegar would put a dent in the stains.

    Bar Keepers Friend is a great cleaner that will tackle what vinegar won't, but it isn't a good option if your tank is already filled and set up.

    I have since switched to razors for all my glass cleaning. It requires the least amount of elbow grease and I have yet to run into any water deposits or algae that it couldn't effortlessly remove.

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    This is an extremely helpful tool. I don't even have to get my hands wet to scrape off even the toughest algae in my 24" tall 90g.

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    Razorblades are effective but make absolutely sure no burrs are present on the edge or it will destroy glass fast. Hardwater stains just melt off with vinegar. I always try that first.

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