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Question What is your algae scraper of choice?

Hello all,

I was recently scrubbing some algae from the side of my 55 when the ol' scrubbing pad started breaking down. As such, I am in need of a new algae scrubber.

So, what is your algae scrubber of choice? Fire away! As always, thanks in advance for posting.

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I use both a mag float & the kent pro scraper. If I had to choose only one I'd pick the Kent. Though, in reality, the need to scrape the glass is very minimal in my particular tank.

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I used to use scrubbers, but they would scratch the tank sometimes.

Now, I use two different scrappers made by Kent. Any of those plastic cards like you get from grocery stores, old credit cards, etc. will work too.

Both of these use plastic blades.
Kent Pro-Aquarium Scraper 1: http://www.bigalsonline.com/StoreCat...Type=0&offset=

Kent Pro Scraper S Short: http://www.bigalsonline.com/StoreCat...Type=0&offset=

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Mag Float. As long as I do a quick pass every 3 or 4 days there is no need for anything else except my otos.

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Mag Float is my choice. its so easy to just move it a few times and the algae is gone.
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Here is what I use, its the best darn algae scraper there is.
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I like using the good ol razor blade.

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I use a plastic scraper for my pampered chef stone ware and a razor blade I also have a lond handled scaper with a scrubber pad on one end.

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+1 Kent pro scraper
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I love mag-floats for quick scraping. For tough spots, like tanks that I've let sit for a while and didn't bother to clean out......I love these algae bruses from Drs Foster & Smith. They do a great job and they are cheap!

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...2&pcatid=13942

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i use 2 kinds, a putty applicator and sometimes toothbrush for where the applicator is not usable ie glass diffuser etc.
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Credit cards... platinum or diamond or rewards, they all work great.

I use razor blades on tanks where scratches are not a big deal.


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