Subbed, Since I am a detailer I have used razor blades. But now I am having an issue. It seems like it doesn't have enough cut to get through this white buildup on my glass. Just a film. Looks like I have to use elbow grease now
I use an old toothbrush and a card, i.e. old credit card, any hard card for scraping.
+1 I use these three things myself. I use to use a scotch brite pad but scratched one end of my tank, never again.
The plastic pot scrubbers and a tooth brush are easy to clean and don't hold funk, gunk, or algae, just rinse in tap water when done and allow to dry, the credit card gets along the substrate line with miminal to no disturbance to the substrate
Cloudy haze/film on glass is might etched glass.
Old credit card all the way, especially when cleaning near the substrate. A razor blade will cut into silicone if you're not careful, and I'm ridiculously clumsy.
I'll use that, or just a paper towel folded into a small square, and some careful elbow grease.
I scratched the heck out of an Oceanic 180 gallon reef tank, all it took was a few grains of aragonite stuck inside of a magnetic algae scrubber. Next thing you know, the whole front panel of the tank looked terrible. What's worse, algae ALWAYS grows inside of the deep scratches, leaving green and brown streaks all over the place.
I'll never use a "mag float" thing again. If you have one, throw it in the garbage. You'll thank yourself later.
I use an old toothbrush, and sponge when I have too. Though my nerite snails usually clean the glass for me.
My preferred methods as well.
I took one of the kids' old toothbrushes and bend the neck a bit so it's easier to get into corners.
My planted tanks are the only ones that will support nerites and ramshorns and I'm thrilled to say they do an incredible job in the planted 180G in the den. The stand is 40 inches high and a 270 view, so scraping all that glass can wear a body out. I consider the little white egg cases a piece of cake to deal with compared to that scraping job.
My barebottomed angelfish tanks just never have any leftover food, get water changes way too frequently and although they do grow diatoms, they just won't support a snail population at all. Can't even grow bladder snails in them. So when diatoms do build up on the glass, I scrape it off rather than dispersing it all into the water column with a magnet or equivelant. What the angels won't eat gets vacuumed up at water change time. Silicone gets toothbrushed as it the gentlest and most thorough cleaner, but if I'm lazy I'll just run a fingernail over it.
"Why can't my wife see all of this stuff as an investment?"