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View Poll Results: Which cleaning method do you prefer?
Hand-held sponge 5 31.25%
Hand-held sponge with a handle 1 6.25%
Sponge on a stick 5 31.25%
Magnet cleaner 5 31.25%
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post #11 of 18 Old 01-09-2011, 12:05 AM
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I use a bit of rag or a Chux superwipe. So my answer is hand-held cloth.
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post #12 of 18 Old 01-09-2011, 12:18 AM
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I loved the magnet cleaner at first but then i noticed it scratched part of my glass! so i stopped using it and i use a tooth brush which actually works very well.
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post #13 of 18 Old 01-09-2011, 09:36 AM
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LOL! Surely you guys don't wade into lakes and streams or swim in the ocean with all that fish urine!

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Hahaha I know... I could spend all day trying to explain which things trigger my weird hang-ups, and which things don't.

ie. Baby puke? DISGUSTING. Dog puke? Nothing major.
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post #14 of 18 Old 01-09-2011, 09:45 AM
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I loved the magnet cleaner at first but then i noticed it scratched part of my glass! so i stopped using it and i use a tooth brush which actually works very well.
The magnet cleaners are great and won't scratch as long as there is nothing in between the two magnets. If you come down too close to your substrate and a piece of sand/rock/gravel gets lodged on the inside magnet you'll be rubbing a fine scratch everywhere you move that magnet. I scratched my display tank when I first started using the magnet but then learned to kept it away from the substrate, no problem.
This summer when my nephews were here staying with me they thought they were doing me a favor by helping me out and "cleaning" my tank. I now have a couple of nice -l o n g- scratches across the front of my display.

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post #15 of 18 Old 01-09-2011, 10:28 AM
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def handheld lol i clean tanks at a fish store, and it works the best! And you can't get good pressure with a handle on it and the magnets suck lol.

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post #16 of 18 Old 01-09-2011, 09:13 PM
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The magnet cleaners are great and won't scratch as long as there is nothing in between the two magnets.
I bought a magnet cleaner and I've never used it. The inside is kind of like velcro hooks and it seems quite rough. I might give it a go if I ever get that real clingy algae on the glass that needs more cleaning, but I've never really had anything on the glass that needed more than a quick wipe. Also it is very heavy and I'm scared of hitting the glass and breaking it. I should really just give it away, it isn't for me, I think.
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post #17 of 18 Old 01-11-2011, 09:17 AM
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never worried about putting my hands and arms in,as i can see through the water,
and the fish nibbling dosn't bother me either.
tiger barbs do like a nibble............and i like the way the tetras swim through my fingers.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #18 of 18 Old 01-11-2011, 02:21 PM
there are aquagloves... i have a pair, they make cleaning more difficult but you never have to worry about getting or introducing contaminates...

I use the sponge on stick for the green spot algae and magenet for the normal stuff, the plastic on the magnet ones are far too soft to scratch glass despite them feeling rigid.
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