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post #1 of 22 Old 11-19-2009, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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How do you clean the glass on the outside of your tank?

I used windex for a while but read that if even a small amount enters the tank it could be bad for the fish and that I should use a mixture of water and white vinegar instead.

However, water and vinegar does not clean the glass very well and with a 4 yr old boy always putting his dirty fingers on the glass it's hard to clean.

So I am curious to know what others use to clean the outside glass on their fish tanks?
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-19-2009, 03:49 PM
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i spray the windex on a papertowel and use that to wipe down the outside of the tank glass. im right there with you on the 4 year old finger prints, they tend to obstruct the nice view.

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post #3 of 22 Old 11-19-2009, 04:05 PM
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I had very bad experience with Windex, my boyfriend, my tank so will never use it near my tanks again.

I find white vinegar to work perfectly. I just use it on a damp (almost dry) paper towel and then wipe it dry with another paper towel.

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I always use windew with a towel. always always always. As long as you squirt it on the towel somewhere far away from the tank you shouldn't have any problems.
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I always use windew with a towel. always always always. As long as you squirt it on the towel somewhere far away from the tank you shouldn't have any problems.
Apparently, you have not met my boyfriend.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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x2 w/ Kelly528.
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post #7 of 22 Old 11-19-2009, 05:41 PM
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i use windex!!!!! just spray it on the towel and then wipe down the tank.
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post #8 of 22 Old 11-19-2009, 06:20 PM
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i'd just take a soft cloth towel and take some of the water that comes from the faucet and just wipe it down that way, no streaks and I use very minimal water so it leaves no streaks.


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Apparently, you have not met my boyfriend.
A microfiber cloth wetted with plain old warm water and rung well will also work.

Unfortunately my mom is very posessive of hers... they work better than windex!
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post #10 of 22 Old 11-19-2009, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Huh! Whaddaya know! I had been using Windex sprayed on a paper towel away from the tank and found that it worked nice but read bad stuff about using it at all. Guess you shouldn't believe what you read on the internet eh?

Thanks all!
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