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Hmm, razor blade might be a bit risky. Don't want to scratch the glass. Thanks for the suggestion though
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Do a search for plastic / nylon pan scrapers on google or amazon. The ones I have are
Amazon.com: Lodge SCRAPERPK Durable Polycarbonate Pan Scrapers, Red and Black, 2-Pack: Home & Kitchen Amazon.com: Lodge SCRAPERPK Durable Polycarbonate Pan Scrapers, Red and Black, 2-Pack: Home & Kitchen

They cut through everything, and are totally glass safe
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Do a search for plastic / nylon pan scrapers on google or amazon. The ones I have are Amazon.com: Lodge SCRAPERPK Durable Polycarbonate Pan Scrapers, Red and Black, 2-Pack: Home & Kitchen

They cut through everything, and are totally glass safe
Cool, didn't know these things existed. I'll shop around to see if I can buy any from a local store, or wait until I have $25 worth of stuff to buy from amazon to save on shipping. Thanks!
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@ lochaber: I have a filter and lots and lots of substrate, no heater (since I can keep the room temperature a steady 22-23C or 72-73F, I'm still debating whether or not to buy one), for hardscape I'll buy or find some driftwood. I'll read up more on fishless cycling and I'll be sure to keep a watch on my plexiglass lid. Thanks!
Sounds good, you may need to pay attention to which fish you get, and your tank may be a little slower to cycle, but that sounds like it's the right range for plenty of fish. If you do decide to get a heater, try to get one of the better ones (unfortunately, this will probably one of the more expensive aspects)

And as MamaFish said, plants will take up a lot of ammonia, and completely bypass the nitrogen cycle. Floaters are great for this, and you can thin them out/remove them as the rest of your plants grow in.

I'd try finding your own driftwood. Find a water body near you and go for a hike. I've had good luck using google maps to scan looking for areas with lots of driftwood. Just try to pick something that looks like it's been dead, exposed, and weathered for quite a while.

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My dad is having some trouble with the brown algae that's really hard to scrub from the glass. Are there any products that are good for removing that type of algae? I've looked into ghost shrimp and red cherry shrimp and that is something I'm considering.
A lot of people talk about the Mr. Clean Eraser (original). I haven't used it on a tank yet, but I did pick up a pack. I think it's just a really fine melamine foam, and simply abrades stuff off.
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Sounds good, you may need to pay attention to which fish you get, and your tank may be a little slower to cycle, but that sounds like it's the right range for plenty of fish. If you do decide to get a heater, try to get one of the better ones (unfortunately, this will probably one of the more expensive aspects)

And as MamaFish said, plants will take up a lot of ammonia, and completely bypass the nitrogen cycle. Floaters are great for this, and you can thin them out/remove them as the rest of your plants grow in.

I'd try finding your own driftwood. Find a water body near you and go for a hike. I've had good luck using google maps to scan looking for areas with lots of driftwood. Just try to pick something that looks like it's been dead, exposed, and weathered for quite a while.



A lot of people talk about the Mr. Clean Eraser (original). I haven't used it on a tank yet, but I did pick up a pack. I think it's just a really fine melamine foam, and simply abrades stuff off.
My dad and I are going to swap tanks, since he has 5 fish in his 8gal and I was going to put 1 in my 10gal. Now I get to aquascape 2 tanks, JACKPOT!

Meanwhile I'll keep my eye on the water temperature as the seasons change to see if i'll need a heater.

I love the look of hornwort and frogbit and I'll definitely be getting some of those for my tanks. I have a couple ideas for where to find some driftwood, I just hope I don't care too carried away and bring home a log!

Please let me know if the Mr. Clean Erasers work; it's a much cheaper and more versatile alternative to the plastic scraper.

Thanks so much for the great advice!
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razor blades or just scrub it with the green scrubbers. they work well for glass aquariums.
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razor blades or just scrub it with the green scrubbers. they work well for glass aquariums.
Can you please specify what green scrubbers you are referring to? If you mean scrubbers for washing dishes, I've tried that on my 10gal tank and it left some ugly scratches on the glass, good thing I had the foresight to try it out in the corner first.
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yea, i use them on my glass tanks, i haven't had any issues with scratches. The kind that are on the back of sponges.
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yea, i use them on my glass tanks, i haven't had any issues with scratches. The kind that are on the back of sponges.
Oh, you mean the ones with the green abrasive side and the yellow sponge side? I'll try those right now.
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Dish scrubs (with green abrasive side and yellow sponge side) leaves the lightest of scratches on the glass. Only saw them until i turned a light onto the tank.
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Re: 10 Gallon Tank on a Very Tight Budget

Mr Clean scrubbers work really well to get the green spot algae off tank walls without scratching.

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The side of a credit card or one of those plastic, store given cards works really well as a scraper. It might take a few swipes for stubborn algae, but it works and no worry of scratches.
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The side of a credit card or one of those plastic, store given cards works really well as a scraper. It might take a few swipes for stubborn algae, but it works and no worry of scratches.
Great idea! An excellent, cheap alternative; I like it. Thanks!
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