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keeping the glass clean

How do you keep water spots off the exterior of the tank? I wipe with my "fish tank towel" when I think of it and almost always still see streaks when I catch the angle right. There must be a better way without resorting to chemicals that are not fish safe.

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i get a paper towel and spray windex on it AWAY from my tank then i just wipe it down.



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i get a paper towel and spray windex on it AWAY from my tank then i just wipe it down.
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I just sprinkle a little tank water on it, wipe it down with a towel and remove any streaks with a dry towel. When it appears clean and streak free, wipe it down a again.
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aquarium glass cleaner solution.
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Try a mix of water and vinegar, its safe and work pretty good
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I use water and vinegar half and half on mine, works great
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Wet paper towel followed by a dry paper towel

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I use a combination of distilled water, white vinegar, little bit of vodka and touch of lemon juice. I know alcohol is the most dangerous for fish, but I figure in such small concentrations it would be harmless... I hope!

Works great though and the vodka helps it evaporate more quickly.

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I use a shammy, and it works great! (maybe spelt chamois?) When it dries up, it gets hard, then I just dunk it into the tank water to get it wet, squeeze the water out so it is just damp, then the water marks are a piece of cake to get rid of.

Found one at walmart for like 10 bucks, and i even had to cut it down bc it was such a big piece.


TRY IT! you wont be disappointed.

I originally bought it so i didnt have to use a crappy washcloth or paper towels every time i reached into the tank. shammies work WAY better then regular towels (thank you diving/swimming for teaching me about this cloth!)

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I spray windex on newspaper and wipe it down. Does not leave streaks or anything. Been doing this for years.

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There must be a better way without resorting to chemicals that are not fish safe.
Why??? Are you talking about cleaning the inside of the tank?

If this is about the outer surface of the glass, then you seem to be inventing a problem that doesn't really exist. Use normal streak-free glass cleaner, like Windex. Just don't spray it into the tank. Problem solved. That's all there is to it.
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Why??? Are you talking about cleaning the inside of the tank?

If this is about the outer surface of the glass, then you seem to be inventing a problem that doesn't really exist. Use normal streak-free glass cleaner, like Windex. Just don't spray it into the tank. Problem solved. That's all there is to it.
I phrased my question poorly. I prefer to avoid using toxic chemicals of any kind when I can, and not just for the fishes sake.

I like the vinegar idea! This should have occurred to me since that is what kitchen counters get wiped with in our house. And including a decent chamois type cloth makes good sense. Thanks all!

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u can use vinegar
u can use distilled water
u can use denatured alcohol which compeltely evaporates almost instantly
as far as safety is concerned...

personally i have aerosol glass cleaner in abundance around the house and i do like most others do and spray on the rag.

occaisionally i'll run a quick spray across the glass if im really in a hurry

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