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post #1 of 5 Old 04-13-2014, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Cloudy Aquarium Glass

I had bought this old aquarium from my native fish keeping society. It's a 120ltrs aquarium of measurements 1meter x 30cm x 40cm

The back glass panel of the aquarium seems very cloudy, as if it's stained. My suspicions is on mineral deposits since where I come from we have very hardy calcium filled water.

How can I go about clearing this? Could it be something else other than mineral deposits?

I've tried paint thinner as well and it had made no effect.

I've also tried alcohol and it has no effect what so ever.

I've tried scrubbing with steel wool, rough sponges..etc and nothing.

The white vinegar method does not work for me.

When applying the vinegar the whiteness sort of disappears but it quickly returns. I've left tons of white vinegar soaked paper towels just on the glass for a night covered with a towel. As soon I have removed them the next day it didn't take long, maybe 15mins(?), and the cloudiness returned again.

I've done this step several times but it doesn't look like it's making a real difference.

It's a real mystery to me and I'd like to find out if some one else have experienced something similar or any possible solution to this nuisance.
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Yikes, steel wool will scratch it. There is something..hmm have to think of what it is called. It sometimes used to clean spots off the floor. It's very volatile and would have to be used outside. I wonder if it would work. My old boss at a reef shop used to use it to clean up old tanks.
Ok brainstormed with hubby and his brother. It is called muriatic acid. However, please read and understand all the safety precautions before using it. It must be done outside. You are probably going to need gloves, and possibly safety glasses and a mask. It is very wicked stuff, but it sure will clean up the glass.

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Yikes, steel wool will scratch it. There is something..hmm have to think of what it is called. It sometimes used to clean spots off the floor. It's very volatile and would have to be used outside. I wonder if it would work. My old boss at a reef shop used to use it to clean up old tanks.
Ok brainstormed with hubby and his brother. It is called muriatic acid. However, please read and understand all the safety precautions before using it. It must be done outside. You are probably going to need gloves, and possibly safety glasses and a mask. It is very wicked stuff, but it sure will clean up the glass.

Anything in particular a first user of such an acid should know? What kind of gloves would be needed? Where can it be bought? Does it need any dilution or just use straight off the bat?
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That's handy thank you so much! :)
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