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Cleaning Glass on Inside

Just wondering what everyone uses to clean the glass on the fish (inside) side of the tank?
I have some mag-floats and also some sponges on handles that I use.
I also have a sand substrate. I keep thinking that all it will take is a little piece of sand to get under the mag float and I'll sctrath the heck up out of the glass.
Just wondering what peoples opinions are and what you use to clean the fish side of glass?

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Mr Clean Magic Eraser. The original with no soaps, perfumes, etc.
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ball of filter floss is my weapon of choice here...if there is any green spots which there always are they show up against the white...i like to get hands on n dirty or in this case clean.....lol
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Scotchbrite: The green scrubby stuff like you see on the back your kitchen sponge. Safe for nonstick, etc? Works great on glass. Sand is always a concern, but with the scrubby, I figure there are enough nooks and crannies to keep too much pressure from forming on any one spot. At least, it's worked well thus far...
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Jeff5614--Mr. Cleans Magic Eraser is safe to use on the inside of the tank?

Glenn--A ball of filter floss sounds like a good idea.

Kman-Will have to try the Scotchbrite--good idea also.

Thanks for sharing.

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I use an old toothbrush, and sponge when I have too. Though my nerite snails usually clean the glass for me.

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I use an old toothbrush, and sponge when I have too. Though my nerite snails usually clean the glass for me.
I never thought of using scotchbrite or mr clean pads myself. I will need to look into that. though it may be a tooth brush method for me as my tank is heavily planted.

ot question how many nerite snails do you have in your tank? i have a 20 gallon tall with one in it.should i consider getting a second or would i be fine with one?
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I'd get a second one, personally. I have two my 17g, plus a mystery snail.

I have no doubt the Mr Clean pads would work brilliantly, but whatever witchcraft those things are made out of, I don't think I want the white dissolved junk they dissolve into, in my tank. The scotchbrite pads are simply foamed plastic scrubbys that leave no residue and nothing behind. 100% safe, guaranteed.
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Plastic pot scrubbers are what I use. Clean great, without scratching.
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+1 for Scotchbrite pads. Gotta be careful though, the "heavy duty" ones will scratch the hell out of glass. Ive ruined a couple tanks using those in the past. Best to get one of the non-scratch versions (they are softer) and use minimal elbow grease.
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I never thought of using scotchbrite or mr clean pads myself. I will need to look into that. though it may be a tooth brush method for me as my tank is heavily planted.

ot question how many nerite snails do you have in your tank? i have a 20 gallon tall with one in it.should i consider getting a second or would i be fine with one?
Sponges are great, I always buy the sponges that are totally dry. Some sponges are packaged wet and I'm not exactly sure what the "wet" part is, it could be water or a cleaning solution. As far as the nerites one in a 20 gallon is probably not enough. My 30 gallon has 6 black racer nerites and they do an excellent job at keeping the rocks and glass clean. I think one nerite in a 20 gallon would struggle keeping the glass clean. How many per gallon is up for debate, I've heard 1 per gallon and 1 per 5 gallons, I lend more towards 1 per 5 gallons. You could definitely add a few more if you want.

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I have used all those, and find the single edged razors work best, but you have to be VERY careful with them, especially on curved tanks. Not for acrylic at all.
The Mr Clean things work OK for softer stuff.

Just today I was cleaning a used tank I got over the weekend. Empty, of course, it took CLR (The strong chemical that removes Calcium, Lime, and Rust) and razor to clean it.
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I use a Kent Marine glass scraper w/ plastic blade. For places where the scraper can't reach, use the little NanoMag magnet cleaner. The NanoMag is useful in cleaning my glass pipes too.

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I use an old toothbrush and a card, i.e. old credit card, any hard card for scraping.

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