View Full Version : best way to remove aquarium film on glass?

12-02-2002, 8:38 PM
Every couple of months or so I notice a white filmy build up on the inside glass of my tank. What is the easiest way to clean this? And what might it be?

12-03-2002, 8:42 AM
i would suggest a magnet scraper, the floating kind is even better. i just chalk it off as "normal" algae and debri build up and usually only notice it if the water levels get low.

12-03-2002, 11:02 AM
If you don't mind getting wet, an old credit card works very well for cleaning the glass...and especially acrylic.

12-03-2002, 12:39 PM
If it's a glass tank and it's hard to get off, then use a strait razor,( watch out for fish) but if acrylic, then DO NOT use it or you will scratch the acrylic. Otherwise use a normal scraper they said to use

12-03-2002, 12:58 PM
i have found that on a GLASS aquarium, you can use a sponge with the nylon netting around it (3m or somebody calls them "the doobie" funny, huh?) it does take a little elbow grease, though. i don't like to use a straight razor because it's hard to clean near the silicone without damaging it.

12-03-2002, 1:32 PM
I avoid the siliconed areas but I can still get my tank to look GREAT with a srait razor

12-03-2002, 5:48 PM
dont use the blade more than once as the blade edge will rust even if not seen will cause damage:)
On a empty tank or around the rim and outside glass vinegar works like a charm.

12-03-2002, 6:32 PM
yes I agree with that

12-03-2002, 6:54 PM
But what is this build up? What causes it?

12-03-2002, 6:56 PM
lipids and proteins from uneaten food, fish waste, etc.

doing larger more frequent water changes should prevent, or at least slow down, the film growth.

12-03-2002, 6:57 PM
And any uneatin algae

12-03-2002, 6:58 PM
uneaten algae? :confused:

12-03-2002, 7:01 PM
Yea, some brown algae can build up in very thin layers and I have found that pl*cos don't like to eat it