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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Favorite magnet cleaner for 2.5 gallon?

Just wondered what everyone is using for their 2.5 gallon or smaller planted nano tanks. I currently have the size small "Magfloat" from my old 20 gallon, and it is ridiculously huge in a 2.5 gallon and beats on my plants since it sticks out so much inside the tank. I got a "Nanomag" cleaner and returned it because the cleaning part on the inside was not flat so only the middle of the Velcro part came in contact with the glass. It took forever to clean with it like that. I am considering a Vertex Simplex but wondered if there are other options. So what do you use and like?

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Make one. Couple rare earth magnets, hook side of some velcro, a little felt, bingo...your own glass cleaner.

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I have a mag float mini on my mini-s works great!
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Favorite magnet cleaner for 2.5 gallon?

Look up nimble nano

They're great cleaners and very very tiny. Powerful mags and nice cleaners


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Ordered a Nimble Nano to try - hopefully it will work for me so I can be done with it and stop spending so much on these little tanks.

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Ordered a Nimble Nano to try - hopefully it will work for me so I can be done with it and stop spending so much on these little tanks.
I don't think it's possible. I have more than $1K sunk into my Ebi, and I still have to get the filter I want. lol
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Favorite magnet cleaner for 2.5 gallon?

I don't think it's possible. I have more than $1K sunk into my Ebi, and I still have to get the filter I want. lol[/QUOTE]

How big is an ebi? 1k seems mighty steep for what I believe to be a fairly small tank. Do you have a build thread? This sounds fancy!
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Yikes! No way I will be spending that much on any size tank, but then I have an eclectic range of hobbies, including small children which tend to be pretty expensive haha.

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Having used them all, the Vertex line is my current favorite. They're built to hold up well in difficult marine environments and they just look cool.

The NanoMag is my favorite when it comes to price - they're often on sale for under $5. But they don't necessarily do a terrific job, as you've unfortunately discovered.
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Having used them all, the Vertex line is my current favorite. They're built to hold up well in difficult marine environments and they just look cool.

The NanoMag is my favorite when it comes to price - they're often on sale for under $5. But they don't necessarily do a terrific job, as you've unfortunately discovered.
Would you recommend the Simplex or Duplex for a 2.5 gallon? On top of the Nanomag cleaning surface not staying flat against the glass, I also didn't like how it was a circle on the outside, and square on the inside. One thing I do like about the Magfloat bulkiness aside is how the shape stays matched up perfectly so the inner cleaning surface goes right where I want it to.

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Simplex should be fine for nearly any tank under 40 or 50 gallons.

If you have so much algae that you really need to clean on a regular basis, then it's probably a better idea to adjust lighting/CO2/ferts.
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Simplex should be fine for nearly any tank under 40 or 50 gallons.

If you have so much algae that you really need to clean on a regular basis, then it's probably a better idea to adjust lighting/CO2/ferts.
No CO2, I'm using a 10" Finnex Fugeray and honestly when I clean the sides, there is algae visible the next day. Not sure what to do as I can't keep doing daily water changes I was doing for a while.

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A magnet cleaner for a 2.5g? I've always just used a sponge. For any tough algae spots a plastic card does the job. And when that plastic card wears out or gets lost, just head down to the grocery store and get another free plastic membership card.
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