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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-28-2005, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Can't get my glass clean

Hi all,

Well, a couple years ago I rescued this 20 long from being tossed away, and I noticed it had some sort of whitish cloudy buildup on the glass, that wouldn't come off from just wiping it. Never really bothered me. Now that I'm finally setting this tank back up after a while, it's bugging me. I've tried scraping as much as I could with a razor but no luck.

In a few minutes as soon as the tank finishes draining, I'm going to try some vodka and a razor blade...I hear it makes an excellent glass cleaner. I'm hoping this will be safe for the fish if I rinse it really really really well? Any other suggestions? I'm about ready to say screw it, buy a new tank, build a stand, and try not to pay attention to the fact that I just bought a filter that would be a bit small for the size of new tank I would get....

Any ideas?

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Jason

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-28-2005, 11:47 PM
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It sounds like lime scale buildup. Try something like Kaboom, or lime away. Spray it on, let it sit for 2-3 minutes and scrape. You might have to do it more than once. If that doesn't work the glas might be etched permanently... there not a whole lot you can do about that.

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Well I just spent about a 1/2 hour on the tank...couple shots of vodka for the tank, glass of wine for me, lots and lots of scraping...no go. I'll have to try the lime away stuff...But as of right now it looks like I have an excellent breeder tank...gives me a reason to start breeding if I can ever get a flipping main tank set up!

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You would have been much better off using the Vodka internally and using vinegar to clean the glass.
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You would have been much better off using the Vodka internally and using vinegar to clean the glass.
Haha, I guess you have a good point. I had just heard somewhere that vodka could clean anything. It was worth a shot (no pun intended). Anyway, I just spent 1/2 hour each with CLR and vinegar and it didn't even make a dent in it. If I'm gonna have to spend longer than that for just a few sq. inches, no way will I be doing the whole tank. My hand and elbow already hurt from scraping; I don't want to find out what I would feel like after spending hours on the entire tank...a $50 tank just isn't worth it. I guess that just gives me a valid reason to upgrade to a bigger tank Now to just work on that money issue.....

Thanks though guys, at least now I know of a few things I can use on any future tanks (most notably a 10g that's been sitting around for a while).

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Haha, I guess you have a good point. I had just heard somewhere that vodka could clean anything. It was worth a shot (no pun intended). Anyway, I just spent 1/2 hour each with CLR and vinegar and it didn't even make a dent in it. If I'm gonna have to spend longer than that for just a few sq. inches, no way will I be doing the whole tank. My hand and elbow already hurt from scraping; I don't want to find out what I would feel like after spending hours on the entire tank...a $50 tank just isn't worth it. I guess that just gives me a valid reason to upgrade to a bigger tank Now to just work on that money issue.....

Thanks though guys, at least now I know of a few things I can use on any future tanks (most notably a 10g that's been sitting around for a while).

Jason
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Hmmmm,

I bottle Jewel of Russia--$37.00

I 10 gal glass tank---$10.99

Dilemma, dilemma......

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