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threnody 03-12-2007 03:42 PM

Tank gone to.... heck.
I recently came into posession of a 40L tank and stand, with an Emperor filter, natural gravel, and a couple pieces of rock. A renter left it in my house after moving out, and after not keeping up with it for apparently months. There is a grotesque amount of dried algae and calcium build up. What is the best method of removing this? I soaked the Emperor in vinegar and it cleaned up nicely. (I am replacing both biowheels).

Suggestions? Thank you.

musho3210 03-12-2007 03:56 PM

ammonia is safe to use in water and will be removed with zeolite or the bacteria in the tank, just make sure when you are using ammonia is to not have any fish in there until all detectable ammonia is gone

squiggles1 03-12-2007 04:14 PM

i got a used tank with algea hardened on it and used warm water and a razor blade (very carefully) then i rinsed it with water and aquarium salt. it worked good, oh then i rinsed it with clean water too.

Follow It Home 03-12-2007 04:19 PM

when I cleaned out my old tank I went and bought a like 5 dollar acrlyic and glass safe aqaurium brush, I use it alot now too, just let the algae soak in a little bit hotter than luke warm for about an hour before scrubbing

soco1125 03-12-2007 07:43 PM

I like to use plastic razor blades for scraping funk off of plastic, arcylic, and other easily scratched surfaces... they're also great for scraping algae off of the glass. I picked up a box of about 20 for only a few dollars at the local auto parts store, but I'm sure there are some other places to get them.

lioness501 03-13-2007 03:32 AM

i used a credit card to scrape off old algae!

daisycutter 03-16-2007 05:29 PM

the scrubby pads you buy to do dishes work great on glass tanks cleans off everthing even linescale

Andyandsue 03-17-2007 11:10 AM


Originally Posted by daisycutter
the scrubby pads you buy to do dishes work great on glass tanks cleans off everthing even linescale

From what I understand anything sold to be used on dishes is most likely treated with chemicals of some sort.

I don't know how true that is, but I bought one labeled for aquarium use just to be safe.

daisycutter 03-17-2007 03:40 PM

there just a type of rough sponge ive used them IN setup tanks to remove limescum lines they dont contain anything

threnody 03-20-2007 01:48 PM

I spent a couple days scrubbing with no improvement and went ahead and added bleach to the water. Waited a day, spent a long time with a hose rinsing, and it's amazing. I've got it set up in my room with a double dose of AquaSafe and my emperor, and it's cycling normally, ammonia spike and all. *wry* Thanks though! I'm still stuck as to where to find a glass canopy and hood, though.

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