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post #1 of 11 Old 01-17-2009, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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White residue on tank glass

I'm sure you guys know what I'm talking about, any tips on how to remove it? Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-17-2009, 11:45 AM
Oh i wish you'd mentioned what you've already tried. If its just along the top edge you can wipe it off with paper towel . post some more on it.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-17-2009, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, my apologies.

It's on a currently empty tank, all I've used so far is warm water and a sponge, that didn't remove it (just made it see-thru when wet). I guess a chemical would work, but not sure on which one to use, and what is safe for aquarium glass.

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post #4 of 11 Old 01-17-2009, 12:11 PM
You could try a salt scrub, or since it's empty you can make a baking soda paste, this removes most anything.last resort use a kitchen scrubbing sponge. You shouldn't use like bleach. i'm sure you'll rinse it.
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-18-2009, 01:15 AM
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If it's a glass tank, the easiest way to remove calcium buildup that I have found it to use a razorblade. Just be careful not to dig the point into the glass

My wife rolls her eyes when I talk about getting another tank
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-18-2009, 01:19 AM
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You could try a salt scrub, or since it's empty you can make a baking soda paste, this removes most anything.last resort use a kitchen scrubbing sponge. You shouldn't use like bleach. i'm sure you'll rinse it.

rubbing in salt would prob. put minor scrapes in the glass. a diluted bleach with a scrubber pad from a sponge is fine, vinegar works too. just rinse well afterwards and let it completely dry out.
as MB suggested a razor blade is also a great tool for this, just be careful of the silicone edges too.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-18-2009, 02:21 AM
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I agree with the razor blade suggestion, it has worked for me many times, but just be really careful of the Silicone!
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-18-2009, 02:16 PM
EPSILONVAZ: which worked best, i'd like to know. Thanks
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-18-2009, 02:22 PM
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beware the scrubby pads,they can add scratches.
i found the blade worked very well.

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 #10 of 11 Old 01-22-2009, 11:13 PM
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A razorblade would work best. Vinegar would be my next choice, as it would react with the calcium buildups (unlike baking soda, salt or bleach).

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