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Lynda B 01-29-2010 09:55 AM

picked up used 46 gallon, glass cloudy, what will clean?
What can I use to safely clean this cloudy glass. When I picked up the tank from the LFS, I brought it home, we used the vaccuum to get all the gravel out. Then I put in hot water with a little bleach and used a new scrubber (no soap) to clean. A week later, I see that the glass is pretty cloudy.

Any ideas? Thanks!

Angel079 01-29-2010 10:07 AM

For one, don't use bleach again. Use vinegar if its real real bad; take a old towel soak it with the vinegar and lay it over the glass over night and then scrub it done and rinse out several time with hot water.

Lynda B 01-29-2010 11:33 AM

Thanks so much for the tip.

What was wrong with using bleach? I thought that if we used that and then rinsed and rinsed and rinsed again, it'd be okay.

Angel079 01-29-2010 12:01 PM

You can have residue within the silicon that gives off over time (not good for fish) and / or dep on silicone used if you do that it can break it down (which is also not good cause it could potentially bust a leak then).
Vinegar is just simply more effective and less harmful and rinses out fully when you use hot water.

Lynda B 01-29-2010 12:51 PM

Thank you for that info on bleach. I had not known that.

I went for the white vinegar, as I've heard that when you use it to clean windows with newspaper, it gains better results than the apple cider vinegar.

I took a new sponge, soaked it with the WV, applied to the tank and waited a little bit. Then I used soft dry papertowels and buffed it. It came beautifully clean except for the very top edges of the tank, all the way around. Apparently, the previous owners were real pigs when it came to cleaning.

Then I thought..... I have apple cider vinegar with mother. I wonder if that, since it's essentially "live", will work better. Hey, it gets rid of toenail fungus, so it was a decent bet. So, I applied that to the top 2 inches all the way around. Alas, it brought the cloudiness back as it was before. That was completely unexpected.

I've just dried that off and reapplied the WV. Will go back downstairs and buff again. No trip to the gym today for bicep curls. This is gonna take care of that.

Angel079 01-29-2010 03:10 PM

Vinegar works well; also for people with hard water and calcium residue on shower's & tub's :-)
When I have tanks with that built up up top I either soak it in Vinegar and scpae it with a plastic scraper (like the ice scraper you'd have for a car) or soak it over night with a towel or cotton balls soaked in Vinegar and laying on the spots and clean it off next AM.

beetlebz 01-31-2010 09:00 PM

aye in my experience vinegar is the ONLY thing that gets that white crud off! that stuff is the bane of my existence in my 110g lol

btw i only live about 30 mins from naugatuck! we should wrangle up joutimike (spelling? something like that) and go get some beer lol

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