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MonsiuerPercy1 07-08-2009 02:39 PM

Getting rid of Hardwater Stains
Hi I need help getting rid of hard water stains on a decrepit tank that I happened upon and received for free. I thought that someone would have some valuable information on their method of getting rid of these stains. So I will take any help I can get.

Mikaila31 07-08-2009 03:26 PM

A large amount of vinegar usually does the trick. I would take the tank outside to a paved area, gently lay it on its side and pour a bunch of vinegar so it covers all the stains on that side. Let it sit for a little before gently scurbing w/ a soft sponge. Repeat to all sides.

Fishin Pole 07-08-2009 03:36 PM

+1 to exactly as mikaila stated............should do the trick for you!

MonsiuerPercy1 07-08-2009 09:40 PM

Alright how long should I leave the vinegar sit for? I tried vinegar earlier but just cleaned the tank with it. I didn't set it on its side and let the vinegar sit. Thanks for all the help.

MonsiuerPercy1 07-09-2009 03:31 PM

It didn't work guys. I wonder why I let it sit for a very long time but still nope.

willow 07-10-2009 12:57 PM

i've never tried that way,i found that carefully using the blade from a slanley knife
removed any build up i have.
hope that helps.

SamG 07-10-2009 07:07 PM

I've occasionally had to get hard water spots off my hermit crab favorite way is to get a little sand on my finger and rub the spots with it. I like Willow's idea though, a knife blade would probably work great. :-)

MonsiuerPercy1 07-11-2009 12:13 PM

Yesterday I went to my LFS and they recommended that I use a single razor blade and they said that they use it all the time. Does anyone have any experience using these but i will try a knife.

willow 07-11-2009 03:45 PM

the blade is what i ment to say,i have removed the blade from the actual knife
and used it for that purpose,have the blade at an angle when you do it,
and you should get a feel as to how hard you should scrape.

MonsiuerPercy1 07-11-2009 09:25 PM

Incredibly even the razor blade didn't work. I am at a loss. I feel defeated. But now that the tank is filled and finished I realize that nobody will even notice the hard water stains.

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