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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Bought a Mag-Float today

Woo hoo! I know it's not that big of a deal but....yahoo! I have very little algae in my glass so this should work just fine.

I feel like an adult fishkeeper now. Or one of the cool kids.
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Magfloats are great. I didn't know what I was missing until I got one myself. No more digging my hand down into the substrate to grab my mag cleaner. The cleaning surfaces also seem nicer than anything else I have ever used.
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Just be VERY VERY careful that you do not pick up any substrate with the cleaner... I know sooooo many people who have scratched the #@$% out of their tank with a mag float...


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Just be VERY VERY careful that you do not pick up any substrate with the cleaner... I know sooooo many people who have scratched the #@$% out of their tank with a mag float...


Although it was only a tiny bit near the bottom. If you have sand don't even bother getting closer than 3-5cm to the bottom and go slow enough to not kick any up


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Is the scratching problem with glass or acrylic?
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Is the scratching problem with glass or acrylic?
Both. It is probably even worse with acrylic, as that scratches even more easily than glass.

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I gave it a test run this afternoon and was very careful about the bottom.

I'm also shocked at how powerful the magnets are. I can see why there's a warning on the package to keep your fingers clear. Yikes.
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Just be VERY VERY careful that you do not pick up any substrate with the cleaner... I know sooooo many people who have scratched the #@$% out of their tank with a mag float...
Some of the flourite pieces seem to be magnetic. I've seen them jump up onto the magnet and hang there.
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Some of the flourite pieces seem to be magnetic. I've seen them jump up onto the magnet and hang there.


ASK ME HOW I KNOW! lol.

Yea carefull with any sand with these. Once you hear a scratch stop, and dont go super fast, you may end up having a huge scratch. I have a 5'' scratch in my jbj nano, not happy about that.

My girlfriends brothers acrylic reef tank, kid was playing with his magfloat. All her brother can hear from his room was this scratchy sound, he came out to find that the kid was running back and forth with it, tossed up some sand and severly pitted his acrylic tank. Its not nice to see scratches 2 to 3 feet in length.


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I think I rather do it the old fashion way, with a ol' algae scrubber pad xD
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Page 2 of this PDF

http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawe...20Brochure.pdf

I am sorry, but these are the best .......

5 minutes and my 90 is Sparkling Clean

4 pads for about a $1

one pad will last Forever.


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Page 2 of this PDF

http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawe...20Brochure.pdf

I am sorry, but these are the best .......

5 minutes and my 90 is Sparkling Clean

4 pads for about a $1

one pad will last Forever.


Yeah, I have this little algae scrubber pad... scotch brite on one side and sponge on the other... it's MAGIC!


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I never use magnetic cleaners now that all my tanks are rimless. This is what I currently use:



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Scotch brite pads are not safe for glass. They can and will scratch with enough pressure. They have very hard scouring particles embedded in the fibers of the pad.

A certain member tried to remove the sticky residue from a sticker of an ADA tank I believe it was, and ended up scouring it up pretty bad


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Yeah, I have this little algae scrubber pad... scotch brite on one side and sponge on the other... it's MAGIC!
Mine is the straight pad ... no sponge

Either is the best.

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