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Do those magnetic glass cleaners really work for the inside of the tank ?
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Well yes and no. I mean yeah they work just like any other algae pad. BUT if you happen to get a speck of sand/gravel or whatever on the pad you will indefinitely scratch up your tank.

Happened to me. I got a small piece of rock in there and the whole front pane is scratched up. Now I just use my hand and a good ole' sponge.
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Magic eraser

Try a magic eraser pad, get the knock off at your local supermarket, you'll find they work extremely well especially on the green dot algae you get on the front of a well lit tank.
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I find a razor blade is better on glass, but not for acrylic.
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Well yes and no. I mean yeah they work just like any other algae pad. BUT if you happen to get a speck of sand/gravel or whatever on the pad you will indefinitely scratch up your tank.

Happened to me. I got a small piece of rock in there and the whole front pane is scratched up. Now I just use my hand and a good ole' sponge.
Yep. If you hear it making any noise when cleaning then check ASAP. Otherwise they work great. Definitely give them a .
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Nerites work pretty great. my current tank has been set up for the better part of a year, and most of the time 2 nerites kept the glass clean. I'm lazy, and I haven't cleaned it yet.

a little while back, one of the nerites started getting senile and eventually died. Now I'm starting to notice some pretty chewed up algae on the glass, so I imagine I might have to get a replacement.
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side of a credit card, those plastic wall scrapers/things to flatten puddy on walls also work great and are cheap as hell/free


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They work great, except in the corners. However, like someone posted, if you get something between two sides, you can scratch your tank. On top of that, my Flourite substrate actually would be magnetized so when using that, it was basically inevitable that a tank scratch was going to happen. I now use a plastic card and paper towels only.

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a razor blade makes it pretty effortless for the most part
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You can buy sticks with razors on the end, I find they work the best
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Yes and no.
I used to use one of these all the time when I was new to and I want you to consider for a second.....what happens when you get to a corner? Inconvenience is what especially if it falls too far away from the wall to be reattracted by the magnet and you have to reach your arm in there. Honestly it can end up taking longer than just using a scraper as others have recommended. It also WILL NOT remove some of the tougher algaes. Dust algae and the regular green stuff, no problem, browns and tougher greens, forget about it. Now when I start to have an algae problem I just buy more algae eaters until a balance is established.
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What's a good algae eater ?
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-22-2014, 06:13 PM
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Problem I've always had with those magnetic cleaners is that inevitably the inside piece gets away and falls down then it picks up gravel and scratches the glass. I'm now into acrylic so I don't dare use one. Algae pad and my hand in the tank is good for me.
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