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How do you clean the outside of your tank?!

Kind of a silly question but I'm curious!

I read that you shouldn't use Windex or product with ammonia. I tried with just water but it's not so good.

How do you do it?
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I use windex... I just spray it on the cloth...
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When cleaning the exterior of the tank, I see no reason why one would be forbidden to use a window cleaner product (I prefer Stoner brand myself). Just make sure you get none inside the tank; to avoid this, you can simply do what over_stock does and spray the window cleaner onto the cloth/newspaper/etc away from your tank and then wipe your tank down.


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I use no-name brand Windex also.

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I use windex on the outside glass as well, but I observed a funny thing. When I actually sprayed the Windex on the cloth in the same room, my fish briefly freak out a few minutes after I do it (with no lasting apparent harm). I started doing the spraying of the Windex on the cloth in another room, and noticed much less distress on the part of the fish.

I am guessing, but maybe it's possible that enough ammonia gas gets into the air, and then dissolves in the water, that the fish notice it? Or maybe it's the fine drops from the spray that float around and actually land in the water somehow. Either way, I don't spray from the bottle in the room with my fish any more. I just bring the Windex dampened cloth in to wipe the glass.
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White vinegar works well too. I use windex and just make sure the lids are down on the tank.





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Thanks for your answers!

I like the idea of spraying in another room to minimize airborne particles.
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Ammonia free glass cleaner is what we use for most things around the house so I use that. The center brace top and bottom I use vinegar.

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I use a concotion of vinigar and water in and outside my riparium. It really helps when I am trying to get rid of small hard water stains.
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If you can find Norwex brand cloths you'll never use windex again. They're not cheap, but have silver woven into the material so bacteria can't grow on them. The company makes a window cleaning cloth and you just spray on water and wipe clean. The first time I used one, I was amazed how much windex I washed off the glass from previous cleanings.

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A damp microfiber followed by a dry microfiber works very well just as it does on the interior car windows and mirrors.
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I just dip the corner of my cloth in the tank, wipe down the surface, and then squeegee the water away.
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as soon as i'm done with my water change i just wipe it down with water.
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A damp microfiber followed by a dry microfiber works very well just as it does on the interior car windows and mirrors.
+1 on this. the worst i have to take off my glass is water spots. nothing a little elbo grease cant fix.
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all you have to do is worry about overspray, that said when u have a ton of $ wraped up in your tank livestock some wont risk there health just to save a couple min of elbow grease. all i use is a good towel and if something wont come off a razorblade scraper.
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