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Best option to remove white deposits on glass?

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I cycled a Fluval Spec V last summer, but never got to populating it. The water had evaporated to some level before I drained the tank and now has a thick water deposit line across the entire tank. Just wondering what's the best product to remove these water line deposits in a way to make the tank look like new again without resorting to harmful products that would compromise the tank and it's future livestock.

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In the past I have used white distilled vinegar to remove deposits.

If they really will not come out, I have used Barkeeps Friend and the non scrubbing side of a sponge (as not to scratch) which will also remove them.
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I always used vinegar like Grobbins suggested. You can also soak folded paper towels, brown grocery bag etc. wth vinegar and stick them to the glass along the deposit lines to do their thing for awhile


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We use white vinegar in reef tanks all the time to get rid of calcium or calcareous algae growth called corraline algae. I don't see any reason you couldn't on a freshwater tank. It's also a great toilet cleaner.

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Depends how thick the layer for what works best. often a combo is needed to speed it along. If it is really light, some form of light acid like vinegar and scrubbing may get it but if it is thick enough to be scraped with a fingernail, I go for quicker than scrubbing. One of the cheap,handy tools is a razor blade scraper like designed to remove paint from windows after painting. about three dollars from most any hardware and they hold a single edge razor blade to make it safe as well as keep it flat against the glass to avoid scratches. Once the big stuff is off, I then go for the vinegar and scrubbing.
This is one form that I like as it lets the blade retract to store safer. I don't like to see my own blood!
[url]https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-1-1-2-in-Razor-Scraper-28-500/202262010[/url

WARNING! Keep it back from the corner silicone to avoid lifting it. Run the blade parallel to the seam not toward it!

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Thanks for all the feedback folks! I really appreciate it.

I'm on my way to making an old tank looking like new again - thanks!
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As stated above, good ol white vinegar and new razor blades go a long way. I also use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and found them to make quick work of white deposits on glass and plastic trim, filters etc. Just the original Magic Eraser, not the scented ones of course. They're just blocks of Melamine foam and with some vinegar you can cover a lot of area pretty effectively

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All of my tanks were used when I bought them. I started out trying to be "eco-friendly" using just vinegar. After HOURS of scrubbing with little results, I decided to get something stronger. I use CLR on everything and have had no issues with it. There's still going to be some scrubbing and a lot of rinsing, but I won't go back to plain vinegar again.
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Honestly, I've not had this problem as of yet but for hard water marks I've used 20 mule team borax straight and with damp rag or sponge scrub. I'd only do this obviously with an empty tank so the borax doesn't go into tank water. I used to use chemicals or vinegar on bathtub for hard water but honestly this stuff is way better.
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