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06-14-2017 01:46 PM
Kubla If you're going for Magic Erasers just do a search for melamine foam. You can get 100 on Amazon for as cheap as $10. A Magic eraser is a sponge with a piece of melamine foam on each side. The plain foam blocks aren't quite as sturdy but they clean the same for a fraction of the price. I bought a bale that I keep under the kitchen sink and use for all kinds of stuff.
06-13-2017 11:34 PM
michaelmj11 I have been having a difficult time getting this build up off. I soaked paper towels in vinegar and left them on the glass over night.... No change.

So today I went out and got some muriatic acid (HCl), and even with that (diluted of course) I am not seeing much of a difference.... Suggestions? Tips on what I am doing wrong?

I diluted the muriatic 1:10 (give or take 1-3%), have been using a razor blade, and a glass aquarium scrubbing pad.....


I attached before and after pictures. The non-rotated pic is the "before". While Yes there is some difference, I think it is mostly due to different camera angles.
06-12-2013 08:05 PM
stlouisan I remember the leftover muratic acid I had used when I bred discus also ate into concrete in my driveway. It's a good safety procedure to use gloves and eye protection when using strong acids and bases.
02-03-2013 02:25 AM
AirstoND Use a green plastic scouring pad and make a paste with baking soda and natural dish soap in hot water.
02-02-2013 10:56 PM
l8nite I'll try to take some before/after pictures once I try with the eraser and/or acid. Have some other tank stuff to do today unfortunately, so it'll have to wait.
02-02-2013 10:12 PM
ngrubich
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Oh I'm pretty darn sure it's lower than 4-5. The stuff at Lowes is 20% and buffered (I always wondered how they buffer something like that)..

Don't do a lot of things with it. Just use it as intended and while awake hopefully.

Cheers
Oh, I didn't know that it was that concentrated.
02-02-2013 06:20 PM
m00se
Re: Cloudy glass / mineral buildup / vinegar doesn't work

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CLR Solution - (Calcium Lime & Rust) Remover.
Only problem with CLR is that it has soap in it.
02-02-2013 06:18 PM
m00se
Re: Cloudy glass / mineral buildup / vinegar doesn't work

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02-02-2013 04:00 PM
amberoze
Re: Cloudy glass / mineral buildup / vinegar doesn't work

Just go buy a box of the original Mr. Clean magic erasers. There aren't any cleaners or solvents of any kind in them, so they can even be used in the tank with the fish and all.

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02-02-2013 03:38 PM
m00se Oh I'm pretty darn sure it's lower than 4-5. The stuff at Lowes is 20% and buffered (I always wondered how they buffer something like that)..

Don't do a lot of things with it. Just use it as intended and while awake hopefully.

Cheers
02-02-2013 03:27 PM
ngrubich
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You're going to hear all kinds of "YOU CRAY YO" baloney about using it. A modicum of common sense (don't sniff it - don't get it in your eyes - if you spill it wipe it up etc) you'll be fine. The stuff is used to lower the pH in swimming pools and "pH Down" aquarium treatments it's so "deadly".... I don't bother using gloves. If you have sensitive skin then do so. Otherwise use at your discretion.
I agree, most muriatic acid that you'll find at Lowes or HD isn't too concentrated, probably with a pH of around 4-5. However, if you used conc. HCl (i.e. 32% or above), then you'd definitely need gloves etc. as that stuff is pretty intense: a labmate of mine got some chemical burns from it not too long ago.
Just make sure you don't mix it with bleach.
02-02-2013 12:18 AM
m00se
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WOAH, muriatic acid. I have a 4oz left in a 128oz container. Always afraid to use it, but never thought of using it for this purpose. I need to educate myself on the proper use of this stuff so I don't end up on the news.

Good to know it's only $9/gallon. I need more to clean the brick wall once spring arrives.
You're going to hear all kinds of "YOU CRAY YO" baloney about using it. A modicum of common sense (don't sniff it - don't get it in your eyes - if you spill it wipe it up etc) you'll be fine. The stuff is used to lower the pH in swimming pools and "pH Down" aquarium treatments it's so "deadly".... I don't bother using gloves. If you have sensitive skin then do so. Otherwise use at your discretion.
02-02-2013 12:15 AM
ShortFin CLR Solution - (Calcium Lime & Rust) Remover.
02-02-2013 12:04 AM
MSG WOAH, muriatic acid. I have a 4oz left in a 128oz container. Always afraid to use it, but never thought of using it for this purpose. I need to educate myself on the proper use of this stuff so I don't end up on the news.

Good to know it's only $9/gallon. I need more to clean the brick wall once spring arrives.
02-01-2013 11:58 PM
m00se Without any pix and assuming it's actually calcium buildup and not organic, I would tape off the water as you described and then wet a paper towel with muriatic acid (Lowes - $9 a gallon) and it should clean up lickity-split. I dunno about Kaboom or erasers on that stuff. I do know that muriatic acid will eat it right up!
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