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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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what Scraping tool do you use?

I found something called "Hardline Products Scraperite Orange Plastic Razor Blade" and was wondering if I can use it seeing how it is all plastic.

The algae I have looks to be green dust algae. It is all over the glass. I can scrap it with my nails and gets some under my nails but that will take forever and a day. I tried a scrubbie from the dollar store and it doesn't scrap it all off.

So I was wondering. What do you use to get the algae off the glass??
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 12:08 PM
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I use a plastic scraper you can get them at the LFS.

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im old school and recently picked up a new algae scraper pad for $2.99.

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what Scraping tool do you use?

I use petsmart card (or credit card) and it works great...and fast!!!
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I use a Kent marine pro scraper, a leftover from my reefkeeping days. It was designed for coralline algae so green spot algae is no match.
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I have been using an old credit card also. I actually trimmed it cut 2 holes in it and stuck a long metal knitting needle through it to make a long handled scraper and it works really well

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I use a home made one! I make it/them myself out of plastic bags. I had first made them to be coasters. Then when my big gold fish tank got covered in algae I thought to myself that they would work and it did wonderfully.
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I've been using for 5+yrs now a wall paper scraper from Lowe's. It's got a long handle, it very durable and the blade is about the sharpness of a butter knife and about 4.5-5in wide. So you can get a lot of leverage on the glass and cover a lot of surface area really fast.
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+1 on razor blade. 1 swipe and GSA is gone
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Most credit/gift cards work well. I managed to scratch tanks with razor blades, so not risking it unless it is some quarantine/garage tank.
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I have been using an old credit card also. I actually trimmed it cut 2 holes in it and stuck a long metal knitting needle through it to make a long handled scraper and it works really well

I've been using old credit cards as well. Never thought to attach it to something. I'll have to try this, thanks for the tip! I would assume super gluing it would keep it from sliding up...we'll see.
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I have been using an old credit card also. I actually trimmed it cut 2 holes in it and stuck a long metal knitting needle through it to make a long handled scraper and it works really well


hellz yeah! thanks for sharing! I'm SO ripping this off.
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I have been using an old credit card also. I actually trimmed it cut 2 holes in it and stuck a long metal knitting needle through it to make a long handled scraper and it works really well

toolscraper - $2.99

being able to use your credit card to scrape the scum off your glass? priceless
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I've been using old credit cards as well. Never thought to attach it to something. I'll have to try this, thanks for the tip! I would assume super gluing it would keep it from sliding up...we'll see.
I just made the holes really tight and the tension from the card wanting to be flat keeps it from moving. I just didn't want to glue it so i can change the card if it gets worn out. I tried tying it on at first but I couldn't stop it from sliding, so I tried this and it worked a lot better.
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