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Cleaning glass

I have a 40 gallon that was once a plant tank, but now is being used as a newt tank it's half full and I just can't seem to get the glass clean on the inside (where there is no water). I tried a windex type solution that had no ammonia, as well as a few other things (being careful to not let it come in contact with the water) I can't seem to remove the white from the glass.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-19-2006, 01:09 AM
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Have you tried scraping the inside with a razor blade?

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If its hard water deposits then try some white distilled vinegar.
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I tried a razor blade with no luck. I will try the white distilled vinegar and report back.
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If it's hard water deposit, the vinegar should work. However, sometimes it's etching in the glass, which would not work. Does the glass look pitted? If so, you won't be able to make it clearer with vinegar. In fact, if the glass is etched, it'll make it worse.

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I have an old tank like that, same size actually, used to be a waterdragons tank or something, and I think the glass is etched - can't get it clean and clear. When the tank is filled with water, it isn't as obvious.
At that point, I guess a new tank would be the best solution.
Or, if you have nothing else to do, have a look at this: http://www.bostonaquariumsociety.org.../scratches.htm


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from my experience,it is like water stains on the glass surface of the tank. What i did was i used a piece of acrylic because it is softer than glass and hence won't scrath it and just keep scraping the glass. In the process,i will just sprinkle a little water on the glass surface that i am scraping to assist in removing the stains.
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Try amway product which is made out of bromeliaceae plants. It is Amway Metal Cleaner in pasta form, not likely to scratch the glass like razor blade.


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