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post #1 of 8 Old 06-19-2007, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Good way to clean lights??

Yo. :) So what's a good way to clean these stubborn calcium deposits off of the plastic on the lights to my aquarium? Hot water and a cloth just are not cutting it, and I've read that cleaning these well can brighten up the whole tank. THANKS.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-19-2007, 10:30 PM
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would limeaway work. just dont get it in the tank
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-19-2007, 11:26 PM
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I've found white vinegar and warm water to be the best.
malt (brown) vinegar works too, you just have to use more elbow grease with brown.

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-20-2007, 01:09 AM
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i use standard aquarium wipes, they are citric acid based, but safe for the tank. they are mostly for algae but i find they clean the calcium off my light fixtures and the entire hood of my tank really well.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-20-2007, 06:26 AM
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I've found white vinegar and warm water to be the best.
malt (brown) vinegar works too, you just have to use more elbow grease with brown.
Yep, that's what I use and find it to be very effective.

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-20-2007, 09:48 AM
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Melafix does the trick too actually We use a combination of melafix and water at the fish store to wipe down our tanks.

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post #7 of 8 Old 06-20-2007, 10:06 AM
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Melafix does the trick too actually We use a combination of melafix and water at the fish store to wipe down our tanks.
I saw this mentioned somewhere on another thread (maybe it was you). An excellent tip which I'll definitely by trying when next cleaning the glass :) What ratio of melafix/water do you use?

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-20-2007, 10:26 AM
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yeah someone else had brought it up in a thread and I agreed that it was an awesome idea. About a year or so one of my customers had told me about it and so we started ordering bottles of it. We would mix it in a spray bottle, spray the tanks down and then squeegee them dry. Worked like a charm. We had incredibly hard water too so lots of deposits to remove. I was excited to see someone write a post about it, I had forgotten all about the melafix method. I don't know of a specific ratio though. If we had a good supply on hand I probably did more like 50/50 but if we ran low I probably used a lot less. Just try different ratios and see what works best for you. At home i'm a cheapskate so I just use water, an algea scrubber and a little elbow grease

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