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Acrylic cleaning?

Hi, how would i go around cleaning a acrylic aquarium?
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What i mean by cleaning is getting algea of glass etc.
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depends on what you are trying to clean off and if the tank is setup or not.

If you are just trying to clean off algae in a setup tank I'd go with a algae sponge. I use one on my acrylic tank and haven't noticed any issues. Just be careful not to let sand or gravel get in the sponge or it will scratch your tank up.


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.... Just be careful not to let sand or gravel get in the sponge or it will scratch your tank up.
VERY important point!

I just use a bounty paper towel folded up.
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Mr Clean Magic Sponge *ORIGINAL* works well too.
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Yea - the sponges work great - just be careful not to get anything that can scratch it.

If you do scratch it get a good quality plastic polish and polish it out (granted you have to remove the fish to do so).

Other option is investing in some micro-fiber from 1500-12000 grit.

But again - that is only if you scratch the tank to begin with
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is there a glass vs acrylic debate anywhere in this board?
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The debate is as old as the Bible. Acrylic is clearer than regular float glass, but is *very* easily scratched. I've had many acrylic tanks in my reef days and have spent countless hours buffing them out with Novus scratch remover. I love the seamless sides and the clearer view, but I have resigned to using glass tanks due to the maintenance required of the plastic tanks. If you search on Youtube you will see many videos of tank repair. Educational. In another life or when I win the lottery, all of my tanks will be Fluval Osakas or Starfire glass!

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As for any choice there are always PRO & CON.

I can carry my 40gl Acrylic with one hand

the cost trade off is I have to be extra carefull to not scratch it.

That said I would like to own a large rimless tank
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I love acrylic tanks =] better for keeping regular temps too, the scratching is preventable by not being clumsy around your tank, another benefit is I can carry my 100g acrylic tank with one hand, when you need two people for glass, making moving tanks much easier, not looking forward to buffing out my 100g though, anyway just use an algae scrub meant for acrylic tanks to avoid scratching it, or a mag float for acrylic, i use them just watch for sand or gravel
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