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    Is there anyway to scratch-up a glass aquarium?

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    Oh yes. If someone isn't careful with those magnetic algae scrapers, they can scratch up the glass pretty easily if they trap bits of sand between the scraper and the glass.

    I switched to using one of these about a year ago and haven't turned back. Takes everything off the glass effortlessly, keeps your hands dry, and can get right down to the substrate.

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    I am using a flipper on my glass tanks. Apparently its safe for acrylic as well, but I am not sure about that.
    https://flippercleaner.com/pages/flipper-features

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riyadh View Post
    I am using a flipper on my glass tanks. Apparently its safe for acrylic as well, but I am not sure about that.
    https://flippercleaner.com/pages/flipper-features
    I've got the large Flipper and it works well, even on 1 inch acrylic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fissh View Post
    I've got the large Flipper and it works well, even on 1 inch acrylic.
    Awesome, no concerns for scratching. How does it do with round corners?

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    You move it to the corner, pull it apart and put the part in your hand on the other side of the corner so that the inside mag moves to the mag your holding and sticks back to gather. Wow, It's easier than I just made it sound!

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    Make sure your blade is not bent. It's possible to scratch the tank. It's your tank acrylic? I would guess it is if you have rounded corners. Acrylic is much easier to scatch and I used a credit card on mine to scrape the glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    Make sure your blade is not bent. It's possible to scratch the tank. It's your tank acrylic? I would guess it is if you have rounded corners. Acrylic is much easier to scatch and I used a credit card on mine to scrape the glass.
    Yeah, its acrylic, Will give a credit card a go. Thanks

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    My tanks are glass, and acrylic might be easier in some respects to work with. I've found that long-handled algae scrapers don't work very well for me, because holding onto that long handle, it's hard to apply enough pressure at the blade end to remove the algae (physics involved). I use a gentle scouring pad (NOT steel wool!) that I can hold in my hand, and from the first or second step on my short, fold-out step-ladder I can reach into my 65 all the way to the bottom and use the direct pressure of my hand against the scouring pad to clean off algae from the glass. Does a much more thorough job that way. I can reach into crevices by turning it edge-wise. The pad is even soft enough to use on the leaves of live plants, with just enough abrasiveness to remove the algae but not enough to damage the leaves. Those dark green scouring pads they sell for dishes work well, just make sure they aren't pre-soaped. I get the large ones, about six by nine inches, and cut them down. I've just never had much luck with blades at the ends of long handles, especially the vinyl or plastic scrapers that tend to flop and flex when firm pressure is required.
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    I use those 10-pack yellow sponges with green scrubber on my glass and acrylic tanks, they are great for diatoms and fluffy green algae. But green spot algae can be very difficult to remove. I would only use plastic, green scrubber blades or credit cards on acrylic, but I use these to remove tough GSA.
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