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How often do you clean your glass?

I have a question for all those with high tech, fert dosed, planted tanks out there,..

How often do you clean your glass? And at what point to you consider it bad enough that it needs cleaning?

I'll start,.. I have to clean mine about 2 times per week.
I clean it at the point when I can see that the glass has a green tint from sitting on the couch.

I'm curious if I'm cleaning more often than others,.. or if this is about on par for this type of tank.

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Mine typically needs it after one week but can't see green unless I'm a couple feet away. I'm still tweaking things and learning my light may be too strong. I have LEDs ans w/o a PAR meter hard to tell. From what I've read you should not be doing what you're having to do. Are you running pressurized co2?

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I think you've got a good question here. I personally just clean the glass on my tank once a week, when I change the water.
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I have my tanks cleaned nightly by a crew of several hundred snails. Low light tanks I have not cleaned in over a year. Only the HO tank requires the removal of green spot algae on picture day.
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Seems at least once a week...

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Depends

On an algae infested tank, at least 2x/week

On one of my old setups I haven't needed to clean the glass since 2008. That tanks been setup 8 years and I haven't seen any algae on that tank since who knows when. I take care of it, the glass just never gets dirty. Although I must admit I clean the outside of the glass weekly because water droplets crystalize and make the glass dirty. But the inside, the part with water, not for a looong time.

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once a week, only the front tho
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Maybe once a week. I use a toothbrush, and some evenings de-stress by sitting down in from of the tank and cleaning the glass.


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I clean it maybe once every 2-3 months. And it usually only has a few green spots on it at that point.

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On an algae infested tank, at least 2x/week

On one of my old setups I haven't needed to clean the glass since 2008. That tanks been setup 8 years and I haven't seen any algae on that tank since who knows when. I take care of it, the glass just never gets dirty. Although I must admit I clean the outside of the glass weekly because water droplets crystalize and make the glass dirty. But the inside, the part with water, not for a looong time.

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I have 6 tanks running currently, and I never have to clean the inside of the glass on any of them. The oldest has been up for about a decade and the glass has never needed to be cleaned other than after an algae bloom at initial startup. I clean the outside when I do a water change, which is bi-monthly or when nitrates hit 40ppm, whichever comes first. You guys can keep that high tech stuff and weekly water changes and glass cleaning.

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I have 6 tanks running currently, and I never have to clean the inside of the glass on any of them. The oldest has been up for about a decade and the glass has never needed to be cleaned other than after an algae bloom at initial startup. I clean the outside when I do a water change, which is bi-monthly or when nitrates hit 40ppm, whichever comes first. You guys can keep that high tech stuff and weekly water changes and glass cleaning.
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I never clean it. I have a twig cat and a bristlenose pleco, plus this algae-eating goby and a few random snails. Before I had these guys, I'd clean it when the fish started looking green instead of any other color.


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When my tank was healthy and no algae, once 2 weeks or so.

Now that my tank has a bit of algae, darn you algae, I have to clean it once a week. In two weeks my front glass is 90% covered by algae and I cant see through the glass.

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