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Old 04-29-2015, 02:19 AM   #1
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How to remove hard water stains from aquarium silicone?


I broke down one of my tanks today so I can restart it. There were some really bad hard water deposits on the glass, but they were easy to remove with a razor blade. What I need to do now is remove the hard water deposits on the silicone seals. Does anyone know how to do that?
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:27 AM   #2
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I would try a mix of vinegar and water, maybe half and half.
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I thought about vinegar, but I don't have any at the moment. I'll have to get some after work tomorrow. Do you think I can just use a soft scrubbing pad to scrub the silicone?
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Almost any acid will be helpful.. vinegar, lemon juice, citric acid, etc.. since the tank is broken down you could even use more powerful stuff like CLR if you have it.

I'd be a little cautious about using scrubbers on silicone, it is pretty soft stuff... Maybe I might use one of the white scratch-free or all-plastic pot scrubbers... but the green scotch-brite kind is pretty abrasive and might not be a good idea..
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Yeah I too avoid harsh scrubbers when I can, vinegar is my first go to, in fact, I'm soaking in it right now...or my return pump is anyway.
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