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Cleaning old aquarium glass

Hey everybody, I'm getting back into the hobby after 2 years and looking at my aquarium glass, it's pretty bad, it's a mix between calcification and old green dust algae. I'll admit in getting ready to move I neglected keeping up on cleaning my tank

So my question is, what's everyone's recommendation for cleaning all of that stuff off

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Some CLR or Lime-A-Way will take it right off but you better make darn sure you got all of the residue off before you fill it with water for the fish.

Vinegar/water solution is a more ecologically friendly alternative that also removes such deposits but I've never used it myself. I believe this is what people use fish-in to remove deposits/scale safely.
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I use a vinegar/water solution when I clean tanks out for use again. Another alternative is a bleach/water solution. The only thing about using a bleach solution is that you'll need to rinse out the tank multiple times before use to ensure that all the bleach is out of the tank.

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Yep some vinegar will go the trick, just let it soak for 5-10 minutes in it then scrub and it should all dissolve/scrub off pretty easily!


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Vinegar/water (50%/50%) or just vinegar. Do NOT use with fish in the tank.
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My first tank was given to me by a relative. They had neglected the tank until it got really cruddy and then just half emptied it and threw it in a shed. It sat there for at lest 10 years. Needless to say it was a mess. I used vinegar and water and then straight vinegar to clean it. Use a plastic scrubby to clean off stuck on stuff. It won't scratch the tank. I had to let it sit for a day to get all of the buildup off. The glass still had a few places that stayed sorta cloudy. Once it was filled with water it wasn't noticeable.
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Clr helps. Most of the time, a new razor is the easiest solution.
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If it's really stubborn lay a paper towel on the area spray it with vinegar and let sit over night y'all be amazed how easy it comes off by the mourning works fantastic on those tuff calcium stains that nothing seems to work on , I use a little spray bottle from dollar store to put vinegar in to soak paper towel depending on where stain is at I've taped paper towel in place try it out
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Clr helps. Most of the time, a new razor is the easiest solution.
Razor blade has always worked for me in these situations.
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Mr clean magic erasers work well. Make sure to use the soap free ones.
You MUST keep it wet or it will scratch the tank.
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