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epsilonvaz 01-17-2009 09:39 AM

White residue on tank glass
 
I'm sure you guys know what I'm talking about, any tips on how to remove it? Thanks!

catfishtabbi 01-17-2009 10:45 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.

epsilonvaz 01-17-2009 10:52 AM

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.

Thanks

catfishtabbi 01-17-2009 11:11 AM

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.

MBilyeu 01-18-2009 12:15 AM

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;-)

onefish2fish 01-18-2009 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by catfishtabbi (Post 164376)
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.

dagizmo19 01-18-2009 01:21 AM

I agree with the razor blade suggestion, it has worked for me many times, but just be really careful of the Silicone!

catfishtabbi 01-18-2009 01:16 PM

EPSILONVAZ: which worked best, i'd like to know. Thanks

willow 01-18-2009 01:22 PM

beware the scrubby pads,they can add scratches.
i found the blade worked very well.

iamntbatman 01-22-2009 10:13 PM

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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