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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2007, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning the front glass of a bowfront

I am in the process of setting up my new 175g Oceanic bowfront planted discus tank. I never had a bowfront aquarium before but couldnt resist the good looks.

Among other things that make taking care of a bowfront more difficult is the shape of the glass.

Do they even make cleaning magnets that work with bowfronts? I did a thorough search but couldnt find anything.

If not, can bowfront owners share their tips on keeping the front glass algae free?

thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2007, 01:44 AM
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I usually go as far as I can with the magnet cleaners and then go to work scrubbing with my fingertip to get the rounded part clean but, I'm only working on a 12 gallon so, I can imagine a tank as large as yours will definitely be a lot more challenging! I haven't seen one in years but thought I remembered seeing aquarium scouring pads to scrub off algae and that seems like it would be your best bet.
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Cleaning magnets should work fine!
Get long narrow ones, and use it vertically.

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Google for "Super Nimble"

If your glass isn't too thick, it should do the trick.
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Now that's a great invention, thanks for sharing Epic. I've gotta get one!
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Mine is great. Get the super nimble. It's worth the extra few dollars.

http://www.nimblenano.com/

There we go.
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Thanks a lot for quick replies everybody, especially Epic.

I just ordered 2 super nimbles, looks very promising.
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I have a 26 gallon bowfront and use a medium magfloat and i do use it vertically and i have no problems getting the glass completely spotless so i imagine for a large tank you will have no problems. I thought that it wouldn't work well, but it's perfect.

I used to do it about once every 2 weeks, but it's been easily over a month and the glass is spotless, so i got my dosing and lighting down.. now i'm just worried there isn't goin to be enought algae in the tank for some of my fish!

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EDIT: I didn't realize this thread is an old thread! sorry, lol
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How d0 the nimbles work? I've a 46 gallon bowfront and am interested.

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It looks like they function on the same principle, but the part that is inside the tank is very slim and streamlined, which is good for sliding behind plants and decor.

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