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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
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DIY Cleaning solution

Does anyone know of any good formulas for a tank cleaning solution? I know vinegar is good on hard water stains but is there anything else? I see cleaning spray at lfs's and always wonder if it is any better than elbow grease and a scrubby.

If I was going to wing it I guess I would start off with vinegar and maybe some excel for the algae killing properties?
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I use rubbing alcohol to clean the outside glass of my tanks, glass cleaners seem to leave streaks
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Inside or outside of the tank, you mentioned algae so I'm not sure what side you meant. For inside I threw my scrubbies away awhile back as it eventually started scratching the glass. Started using a plastic backery cutter, and used it as a scraper tool, never scratched, but 2 weeks ago I picked up a plastic scrapper that top fin makes for $4- best thing ever. It gets the real deep cement like algae inside, and anything outside.

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vinegar, or ammonia (just not together), and a razor blade.
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Vinegar and a paper towel for hardwater stains. For rust and other stuff vinegar can't take off, I use a paste of baking soda and a little bit of water. Rub with your fingers until it comes off. Hydrogen peroxide doesn't do much IME and with bleach you have to deal with the smell and rinse well before using the equipment again.

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a steamer !!! you can get small hand steamers pretty cheap these days
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plastic mesh, baking soda, distilled water, and clear liquid dish soap
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 06:24 AM
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Warm some water in a pot and dissolve in it as much salt as you can.
Wet a cloth in this water, then add dry salt to the cloth.
The dry salt is abrasive, and will remove dried, stuck-on algae. The strong salt water solution on the cloth will kill many fresh water organisms.
After a good rinse any lingering trace of salt is not a problem for even the most sensitive fresh water fish and plants.

Hard water stains. Mineral build up:
Wet the area with lemon juice.
Sprinkle on Citric Acid (sold in the grocery store as "Sour Salt")
Keep it damp with a paper towel soaked in lemon juice.
About every 15 minutes try removing the minerals, then repeat the citric acid and lemon juice application.

Other acidic material to help with minerals:
Cola, try any sort of soda pop, but Coke or Pepsi are supposed to work best.
I had some Shasta Cola that was not as good as Citric Acid and Lemon Juice method.

Vinegar was even worse. Did not do a good job at all.

I used all the same way:
Pour it on, keep it wet with paper towel soaked in that product. Return every 15 minutes to scrape loose whatever would budge, then re-apply the product.
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