Preventing hard water stains.......
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > General Planted Tank Discussion

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-12-2014, 03:33 PM   #1
Planted Tank Obsessed
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: falmouth ,ky
Posts: 337

Preventing hard water stains.......

Been doing tank maintenance this weekend and I am down to cleaning the glass tops. They get water deposits from the HOB's, so it's a scrape and scrub thing once a week. I was wondering if coating them with a good hard car wax would prevent the buildup? Something like good old fashioned paste turtle wax. It would be clear when polished, easy to remove and reapply if needed, should be fish safe after it dries. Anyone try this before or have any other ideas? I would go topless but this tank sits close to the floor and the dogs would love the 75g water bowl/swimming pool.
125g makeover ,2x75g, 55g, 40g breeder, 29g, 2x10g, 100g stock pond..........MTS ? Nahhhhhh
Fraternity of dirt #135 The 6 Foot Plus Club

sadchevy is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 01-12-2014, 05:39 PM   #2
Planted Tank Enthusiast
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Gloucester, Virginia
Posts: 513

im not sure if this will be safe so i am going to look into it more.. but i was thinking of trying food grade machine oil,, which is just basically mineral oil. i use it all the time at work on the plastic/glass shelves and on the stainless steel. since i started doing it i havent seen any hard water stains at all.. it is perfectly safe for people(not necessarily for fish though) now just to find out how safe it would be for aquariums.

if anyone has tried this or looked into it please let me know
flukekiller is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2014, 02:34 AM   #3
Wannabe Guru
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,457

I think most organics would degrade under spectral lighting and contaminate(acidify?) water. Experiment with reducing agitation by adding buffers to outflow. I don't mind the stains, I sometimes just keep the lid off when Im home and place it when Im out.
AirstoND is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 01:12 AM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012