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Cleaning glass tops

Hi all, have a 90 gallon FW planted tank established for awhile. I have a couple glass panel tops and noticed they are getting fairly cloudy and need cleaned. I'm always completely paranoid about any cleaners or the like around anything aquarium related and was wondering what (other than just water) was safe to use to clean the undersurface? Thanks in advance!
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I have the same tank with sliding glass. I just remove the glass and clean it with a wet "glass safe sponge".

Also vinegar works well on any cloudy glass....
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Yeah vinegar works amazing. Fish safe too
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Yup pull the glass off, use a little vinegar, rinse with water and good to go.
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Great thanks - just regular old white vinegar?
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Yeah, just regalur old distilled heinz white stuff at %5 is what I use. Can mix with some water too if you want to extend it a lil.

Also my petco clearanced all the "Tanked" TV show stuff form ATM. I got their "Mirage" cleaner. Its basically 90% vinegar and I got them for $1.50 about 2months ago. Yo umight get lucky
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+1 on the vinegar. I have a dedicated spray bottle mixture that I keep for all glass/mirror in my house. The best thing to use to wipe it is newspaper. The black and white newspaper to be exact. Everything else leaves lint and streaks behind. Once newspaper get saturated and breaks apart, discard and get a fresh piece. For stubborn glass tops, let the vinegar sit for a minute or two, get a razor blade and scrape it off. Apply fresh vinegar and wipe clean.

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I've used vinegar and bar keepers Friend with success just be sure to rinse well
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I like to put a layer of paper towel on the glass, then soak it with vinegar. Leave it like that for 15 minutes and then just wipe off and rinse, no elbow grease required.
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Depends on how well stuck the crud is, but it is almost always alkaline minerals or salts, so acidic cleaners to soak and wipe will work best. If the lid is slightly damp (most lids in use will be) then a quick wipe might be enough.
For an older lid that has been in storage, and the minerals and salts are caked on use something more aggressive, and perhaps repeated soak-and-scrape sessions.
Citric acid, lemon juice, vinegar, CLR and so on.
Soaking a paper towel and holding it on the hardest crusts is a good way to work them loose. Alternate with a razor.
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Yep, vinegar. I actually mix rubbing alcohol with it also.

Or, get rid of the tops, and you dont have to clean them!
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Vinegar and a razor has always worked for me

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For crusty stuff, use 0000 grade steel wool. It's softer than glass, so it won't scratch. It cleans super easily with just a little hot water and some lazy scrubbing.
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In most cases (and when done regularly), distilled water is all it takes.


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I've used one of the non-abrasive soft scrubs cleaners followed by a good rinse of hot water and then a vinegar wash to be sure there is no residue from the soft scrub.



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