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Old 11-09-2011, 12:56 AM   #1
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Fogged Glass


The new tank i got has some major fogging on the front glass panel, and it makes it look like the water is not clear at all. I tried soaking it with vinegar/baking soda overnight, tried a razor, some highly acidic bathroom cleaner, and scrubbing REALLY hard but to no avail. The whole window isn't foggy either, there are some portions where it resembles if a pleco were clean about 1-2 inches of a algae infested window, and leave streaks of clean. I thought it would get better when it was filled up with water, which it did, but with the new lights its much more obvious. Is there anything.... ANYTHING i can do to fix this? Im almost considering seeing if i can get just the front panel replaced so its nice and clean.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:40 AM   #2
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Can you turn it around so the front faces the back?
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:51 AM   #3
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I'm considering that, however the last owner used it as a SW reef tank and the backside is all scratched up.... what a shame.... :/
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:32 PM   #4
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:-/ You've already tried everything I could think of, and then some. Bummer. What size tank is it? Will a new glass front be cost prohibitive?
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:05 PM   #5
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140 Gallon. I got the tank for a Great deal so id be wiling to spend some cash fixing it.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:28 PM   #6
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First off, I love your tags...

You sure that the tank wasn't made with fogged glass? ADA sells tanks with the back panel all fogged up for aesthetic background purposes. I am not sure what you could do to the front panel to clear up the scratches... Maybe some professional sanding?
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:04 PM   #7
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I bought a tank a few years back that was used as a saltwater tank, and it has the same fogging. I ended up buying a new tank, and use the fogged one for overwintering my pond fish. I never was able to remove the fogginess.

Maybe replacing the front glass would be the only true solution.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:49 PM   #8
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I bought a tank a few years back that was used as a saltwater tank, and it has the same fogging. I ended up buying a new tank, and use the fogged one for overwintering my pond fish. I never was able to remove the fogginess.

Maybe replacing the front glass would be the only true solution.
I would be fine with replacing it, but where yould I go to get something like that done?
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First off, I love your tags...

You sure that the tank wasn't made with fogged glass? ADA sells tanks with the back panel all fogged up for aesthetic background purposes. I am not sure what you could do to the front panel to clear up the scratches... Maybe some professional sanding?
I'm positive it wasn't made as fogged glass. You think gettoing it sanded would make it clear again? I'm willing to try anything at this point
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:20 PM   #10
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I would call a large store specializing in reef tanks, and ask if they know of anyone that could either repair or replace the front glass. This might be a problem encountered with tanks used with saltwater.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:17 PM   #11
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Have you tried CLR? I mean you'd have to rinse the devil out of it many times to be sure it was all rinsed off (or at least I would lol) - but it might cut through it if it's an issue of salt mineralization or something like that. Might need to let it set a little bit or do multiple applications though. But I know thin layers of mineral deposits will create a fogginess that sometimes even soaking in vinegar and hot water for days and scrubbing can't always fix. I'd imagine the same would be true for the salts and minerals in a SW set up.
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RainX makes a glass buffing compound for windshields and it works well with a lot of elbow grease, you can get it at any automotive store but remember if you use it to clean scrub and rinse any residue from this product.

Check their website to see if they still make it and make sure to get the one you use with glass not plastic.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:23 AM   #13
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Alright thanks for the suggestions but with some sly lighting tactics, I fixed it. IT seemed to be that the fog was only noticeable when the lights were shining at a certain angle, so i changed the fixtures up a little bit and it looks great! ill be posting a TON of pics this weekend when all my plant orders come in! Thanks guys!
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I am glad that worked for you!
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:21 PM   #15
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I am glad that worked for you!
Its not perfect, but definitely a LOT better than it was!
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