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Hard water stains...

What is the best way to remove hard water stains off of a glass top? It's just covered and I feel as if the lights could be pumping more light into the tank if I cleaned off the glass top.

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Vinegar, water, razorblade and newspaper. Yep. Newspaper. I learned as a kid that it wipes better than anything. Doesn't streak and very little debris left behind. Just change it when it gets to saturated. Sometime it takes a little more elbow grease or a second application but it works well.

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Awesome. Thank you both. Do you dilute the vinegar or is it just straight vinegar? I have razor blades and a toothbrush so I will give both of these a try.

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Awesome. Thank you both. Do you dilute the vinegar or is it just straight vinegar? I have razor blades and a toothbrush so I will give both of these a try.
Straight vinegar if empty tank, and if I am doing it when it is running I dilute it to about 25/75.
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It depends on how strong of a smell you can take. Typically I do 50/50. I let it soak for a few minutes if its a tough stain. It allows the vinegar to do its work. The less you dilute the more I'd advise to be in a more ventilated area.

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You may/may not need the vinegar. Depends on how the scale goes. Lots of the hard water mark will be limestone. That is alkaline so adding vinegar, which is a weak acid tends to cut and loosen the scale. With a razor blade scraper, you may not need the vinegar if you keep livestock who might suffer from just a bit of weak acid in the water. A good water change will also reduce the effect if some does drip into the tank.
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There's aquarium-safe glass cleaner, too.


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I've used citric acid and paper towels with great results, no scraping required.

It's sold as "sour salt" in most grocery stores.
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Better yet, ditch the glass top. Unless you have jumpers there is no reason to have one.
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Ditto on ditching the glass top. BUT... Take it off the tank, put paper towel on one side and soak in full strength vinegar. Let sit for a long time, even until the vinegar is almost dry. Wipe clean. Repeat on the other side if necessary. No scraping required!!!
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Better yet, ditch the glass top. Unless you have jumpers there is no reason to have one.
That's what I ended up doing. Looks better too.

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