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post #1 of 19 Old 07-08-2009, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Getting rid of Hardwater Stains

Hi I need help getting rid of hard water stains on a decrepit tank that I happened upon and received for free. I thought that someone would have some valuable information on their method of getting rid of these stains. So I will take any help I can get.
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-08-2009, 04:26 PM
A large amount of vinegar usually does the trick. I would take the tank outside to a paved area, gently lay it on its side and pour a bunch of vinegar so it covers all the stains on that side. Let it sit for a little before gently scurbing w/ a soft sponge. Repeat to all sides.

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post #3 of 19 Old 07-08-2009, 04:36 PM
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+1 to exactly as mikaila stated............should do the trick for you!
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post #4 of 19 Old 07-08-2009, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Alright how long should I leave the vinegar sit for? I tried vinegar earlier but just cleaned the tank with it. I didn't set it on its side and let the vinegar sit. Thanks for all the help.
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post #5 of 19 Old 07-09-2009, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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It didn't work guys. I wonder why I let it sit for a very long time but still nope.
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post #6 of 19 Old 07-10-2009, 01:57 PM
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hi
i've never tried that way,i found that carefully using the blade from a slanley knife
removed any build up i have.
hope that helps.
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post #7 of 19 Old 07-10-2009, 08:07 PM
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I've occasionally had to get hard water spots off my hermit crab tank...my favorite way is to get a little sand on my finger and rub the spots with it. I like Willow's idea though, a knife blade would probably work great.
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post #8 of 19 Old 07-11-2009, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I went to my LFS and they recommended that I use a single razor blade and they said that they use it all the time. Does anyone have any experience using these but i will try a knife.
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post #9 of 19 Old 07-11-2009, 04:45 PM
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hi
the blade is what i ment to say,i have removed the blade from the actual knife
and used it for that purpose,have the blade at an angle when you do it,
and you should get a feel as to how hard you should scrape.
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post #10 of 19 Old 07-11-2009, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Incredibly even the razor blade didn't work. I am at a loss. I feel defeated. But now that the tank is filled and finished I realize that nobody will even notice the hard water stains.
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