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philemon716 09-05-2012 03:45 PM

Glass scraper
 
Hi TPT

I wanted to get some insight into what I should be looking for when purchasing a scraper? There are a number on Ebay, but am not sure which would be an ideal tool to get algae off the walls (green spots).

Thanks!

RWaters 09-05-2012 04:38 PM

Old credit cards work well as long as you don't mind getting your hands wet.

AndreyT 09-05-2012 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by philemon716 (Post 2001678)
I wanted to get some insight into what I should be looking for when purchasing a scraper? There are a number on Ebay, but am not sure which would be an ideal tool to get algae off the walls (green spots).

Is it for flat glass or for bowed glass?

bitFUUL 09-05-2012 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by RWaters (Post 2001753)
Old credit cards work well as long as you don't mind getting your hands wet.

+1 on old credit cards.

Ajax_xajA 09-05-2012 11:03 PM

There's really no need for 5-15 dollar glass scrapers. If it's glass, then go with razor blades. These seem to work a lot better for me than the cards do and they're cheap as heck. Just be careful with all sharp objects please :)

Silenced 09-06-2012 02:30 AM

Credit cards with wet arms... Has any one tried the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? I wonder this works or this is safe product for the tank....

freph 09-06-2012 03:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Ajax_xajA (Post 2002064)
There's really no need for 5-15 dollar glass scrapers. If it's glass, then go with razor blades. These seem to work a lot better for me than the cards do and they're cheap as heck. Just be careful with all sharp objects please :)

Razor blade on a stick is my personal favorite. Thanks, ADA. :hihi:

Ajax_xajA 09-06-2012 03:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Silenced (Post 2002262)
Credit cards with wet arms... Has any one tried the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? I wonder this works or this is safe product for the tank....

Perfectly safe as long as you get the original one, and not the one with the added scents / chemicals in it. It's essentially super rough substance similar to the microfiber cloths that you use to wipe your glasses with, and has nothing harmful to your aquarium... just remember to stay with the classic one.

philemon716 09-06-2012 04:23 AM

I have a straight edged tank.

The credit card worked beautifully! Thanks guys - saved me a few bucks!

Sotty 09-06-2012 05:48 AM

I've used razor blades, credit cards and putty knives. Razor blades are my favorite for a deep clean scraping.

I would recommend something like Mag float as well though.
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I use this on my front glass every evening before viewing (almost every evening at least). Its nice for a quick clean, takes 30sec for a 55 gallon and you dnt have to get wet.

Wasserpest 09-06-2012 02:39 PM

I have managed to scratch glass with razor blades (not sure how). For my nice tanks, I go with credit cards.

AndreyT 09-06-2012 05:44 PM

Flat glass - ordinary magnetic scraper works perfectly fine.

Silenced 09-06-2012 07:30 PM

Thanks for the info, I may try to use the classic one some time later for cleaning! :)



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Originally Posted by Ajax_xajA (Post 2002332)
Perfectly safe as long as you get the original one, and not the one with the added scents / chemicals in it. It's essentially super rough substance similar to the microfiber cloths that you use to wipe your glasses with, and has nothing harmful to your aquarium... just remember to stay with the classic one.


Wwh2694 09-06-2012 07:50 PM

I don't use metal at all on my aquarium they will later scratch the glass no mater what. I use the plastic scraper the one u used to remove stickers, I just remove the Ada blades and replace that with it.

jemminnifener 09-06-2012 08:08 PM

Anything like an old credit card will work as well! Like plastic membership cards, gift cards with no value on them...


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