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JessicaParker 01-08-2011 03:13 PM

Best way to clean tank
 
Hey everyone, I want to see what everyone uses to clean the inside of their tank. Please rate the following on a scale of 1-10, which you like best.

1. Hand-held sponge
2. Hand-held sponge with a handle
3. Sponge on a stick
4. Magnet cleaner

Look forward to reading everyone's opinion!

iamgray 01-08-2011 04:07 PM

I vote magnet cleaner, all the way! I don't know why, but i HATE putting my hands in the tank water. On the occasions where i do have to put my hands into the tannk, i end up running to the bathroom after with my arms outstretched and wash them all the way up to my shoulder... Don't ask why... I think maybe i just have weird hangups about germs (fish pee) sometimes, i guess.

RCinAL 01-08-2011 04:51 PM

I use a combination. Magnet cleaner first, then sponge on a stick, then hand held sponge to get hardest spots.

willow 01-08-2011 04:59 PM

hmm well i've used all of them i think over time.
i'm lucky i don't mind putting my hand/arm in the water.

jeaninel 01-08-2011 05:13 PM

I've used all those but nothing beats a hand held sponge for getting out tough spots and into those hard to reach corners.

Inga 01-08-2011 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamgray (Post 554239)
I vote magnet cleaner, all the way! I don't know why, but i HATE putting my hands in the tank water. On the occasions where i do have to put my hands into the tannk, i end up running to the bathroom after with my arms outstretched and wash them all the way up to my shoulder... Don't ask why... I think maybe i just have weird hangups about germs (fish pee) sometimes, i guess.


I laughed out loud for that. I am so much like you in that area it isn't even funny. I just feel sort of bacteria covered once my hand is in the tank. I scrub my arm with anti bacterial soap each time. lol

aunt kymmie 01-08-2011 06:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Inga (Post 554336)
I laughed out loud for that. I am so much like you in that area it isn't even funny. I just feel sort of bacteria covered once my hand is in the tank. I scrub my arm with anti bacterial soap each time. lol

You girls are so funny! You are worried about taking germs away from the tank and I'm worried about introducing them into the tank! I wash my hands and arms with the hottest water I can stand prior to putting them into my tanks. I think my fish would fare well worse with my germs, than vice-versa.

I agree with Jeaninel, nothing like a hand held to really get the tank clean. I use the Magnet cleaner on a daily basis do make the once a week "get in and get out" a little easier.

AnnieC 01-08-2011 06:39 PM

I much prefer the hand held sponge, and I've tried all the methods as well :-)

RCinAL 01-08-2011 09:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamgray (Post 554239)
I vote magnet cleaner, all the way! I don't know why, but i HATE putting my hands in the tank water. On the occasions where i do have to put my hands into the tannk, i end up running to the bathroom after with my arms outstretched and wash them all the way up to my shoulder... Don't ask why... I think maybe i just have weird hangups about germs (fish pee) sometimes, i guess.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Inga (Post 554336)
I laughed out loud for that. I am so much like you in that area it isn't even funny. I just feel sort of bacteria covered once my hand is in the tank. I scrub my arm with anti bacterial soap each time. lol

LOL! Surely you guys don't wade into lakes and streams or swim in the ocean with all that fish urine! :lol:

In good fun,

Ralph

burnsbabe 01-08-2011 11:44 PM

I use a hand held sponge cause it's what I have as well as a razor blade for the tough stuff on the glass.


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