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Removing salt/scale from aquarium glass

Discussion in 'Marine Equipment, Products, & DIY' started by caribou-lou, May 7, 2003.

  1. caribou-lou

    caribou-lou AC Members

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    What is the easiest way to remove old crusty salt/scale stains from aquarium glass.

    I picked up a 180 gallon tank that had been left empty for 4 years, without cleaning off the glass.

    It now has salt/scale all over the inside of the aquarium glass.

    I was told vinegar would work. I tried it and it did remove much of it, but there is still a hazy type of salt/scale stain left. Looks like a smudge, just doesn't have that clear look.

    Should I just turn the aquarium on each of its sides and let each side soak in vinegar for a couple of hours?

    Any suggestions would be helpful.
     
  2. Jexai

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    Try a window scraper (the ones that hold a stanley knife blade) and a geat deal of elbow grease :p
     
  3. OrionGirl

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    Oxyclean it! I used this on a BW 55 I picked up. It works wonders. Fill the tank with hot water, add the oxyclean, let it soak for an hour, rinse. Easy.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    Used the blade idea with a ton of vinegar to cut down on most of the grime.

    I never thought of Oxyclean.

    My wife has a big tub of it.

    I'll give it a whirl on my glass tops.
     
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    I used the Oxyclean and it worked great.

    Took off all of the grime and salty haze.

    Rinsed them off real well and soaked them in a lot of water.

    The tank looks fabulous.
     
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    Good to hear....Any pics?
     
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    I consider myself pretty handy but I gotta admit, I never would have thought of Oxyclean!

    Glad to hear it worked out for ya. :cool:
     
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    Sorry. No pics.

    My wife and I purchased a digital camera about 2 weeks ago, and after we got home she told me she would rather buy a film camera.

    Luckily, I hadn't opened the package otherwise we would have been charged that ridiculous restocking fee. Funny thing is, when I took it back to the store, they opened it up to make sure everything was still inside.

    Go figure. A sealed package is returned and they open it, which I'm not allowed to do, to check out the contents.

    Back to the tank. Like I said no pictures. Still sitting in my basement waiting for the new house we are going to purchase soon. I actually posted an add to sell the aquarium in the classified section of AC, but no bites.

    Still for sale if anybody is interested. 180g for $180. Comes with the glass tops. Older style tank with no center brace. Called LFS & was told $31 for new top frame with center brace which included shipping.
     

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