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Andyandsue 02-13-2007 11:57 AM

Removing algae from an acrylic aquarium
 
Any suggestions on how to remove green algae from the walls of an acrylic aquarium? I've thought of 100 different ways, but I'm looking for the best and cleanest way to remove it without scratching the tank.

Yes it's my fault. I left the light on too long, 2 days in a row.

Thanks!

Daz 02-13-2007 12:24 PM

Use one of them blue and white soft checkered clothes, but if you have sand becareful not to agitate the sand first.

jones57742 02-13-2007 12:58 PM

My tank is acrylic and 30" deep.
I have had good luck with
http://www.magnavore.com/magnets.html.

I have also used an expired credit card.

TR

Shooter311 02-13-2007 04:02 PM

I used a razor blade, and I had no trouble.

Lupin 02-13-2007 04:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shooter311
I used a razor blade, and I had no trouble.

Was that with acrylic?:) Acrylics get scratched easily by razor blades.

musho3210 02-13-2007 04:53 PM

if possible, the best way in removing algae is to use a fish that eats it, if it is not possible you can go to your lfs and get some algae scrubbers made for acrylic aquariums

Andyandsue 02-14-2007 09:31 AM

I'm aware of the obvious answers like go to the store and buy one, I am looking for the more creative ones like using an expired credit card. I'm not going to use a razor though, that would definitely scratch acrylic.

Sometimes the best suggestions are the least obvious ones. :wink:

Andyandsue 02-15-2007 07:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jones57742
My tank is acrylic and 30" deep.
I have had good luck with
http://www.magnavore.com/magnets.html.

They look great, but almost as expensive as my tank! :)

lioness501 02-15-2007 08:57 AM

i use an algae magnet. they r simple and quick with no mess! tho u have to watch the fish a few have run into the side the goes into the tank.

blueblue48 02-15-2007 06:00 PM

what i do is mix man made algae cleaning with natural!! i use my special sponge for fish tanks on the front wall so you can see the fish clearly and then id buy a snail (mystery or ramshorn?) to do some work because there really cool and very low maintance.


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