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Hawkian 11-19-2009 02:05 PM

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?

molliefan09 11-19-2009 02:49 PM

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.

Romad 11-19-2009 03:05 PM

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.

kelly528 11-19-2009 03:14 PM

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.

Romad 11-19-2009 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kelly528 (Post 276993)
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. :-D

WisFish 11-19-2009 04:11 PM

x2 w/ Kelly528.

jmlampert23 11-19-2009 04:41 PM

i use windex!!!!! just spray it on the towel and then wipe down the tank.

CamryDS 11-19-2009 05:20 PM

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.

kelly528 11-19-2009 05:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Romad (Post 277008)
Apparently, you have not met my boyfriend. :-D

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!

Hawkian 11-19-2009 07:55 PM

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? :-D

Thanks all!


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