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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-12-2008, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hard water stain cleaner for planted tank

I have a tank i restarted without cleaning it so well Dumb dumb dumb...i know ...anyway the inside of the tank has hard water stains on it luckily most is on the back....is there anything i can clean it with some kind of additive safe for fish and plants? I scrubbed it every week for the fast 6 mos but no luck...thank you.
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Vinegar will get rid of hard water stains, but you should be careful not to get (much of) it in the tank.

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Lemon juice will work as well. I would drain the tank as much as possible and work quickly, trying to get as little juice in the tank as possible.
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Just leave it there, eventually it'll dissolve into the water. Maybe scrub it with a scotch brite pad with every water change to help break it up a little.
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I just used a razor blade and scraped mine off, just as if it were algae build up or something. It's easier when it's wet to get the hard scale off this way. You can do it when your tank is full and do a water change right afterwards. A schotch brite pad or dobe pad works ok, but I like the razor. It's faster with less muscle involved and I don't end up shloshing the tank water out.

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