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best way to remove aquarium film on glass?

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by dom418, Dec 2, 2002.

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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    If you don't mind getting wet, an old credit card works very well for cleaning the glass...and especially acrylic.
     
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    O-man21 30 FW, 6 SW, 2.5 SW

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    O-man21 30 FW, 6 SW, 2.5 SW

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    I avoid the siliconed areas but I can still get my tank to look GREAT with a srait razor
     
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    Razor tip

    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.
     
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    O-man21 30 FW, 6 SW, 2.5 SW

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    yes I agree with that
     
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    But what is this build up? What causes it?
     
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    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.
     

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