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I've been used to being able to use a flat razor blade and slice off any algae on all my other tanks (glass). Now, I'm setting up a 26g Acrylic soon to be planted. I know a razor will destroy the acrylic tank. So what will I do when I get algae? Will it just take some more elbow grease with a soft sponge/cloth/microfiber towel? Will a rough sponge scratch the acrylic?
 

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Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Just make sure it's the Original variety, not the ones with soap, or green abrasive pads, etc.

There is no better tool for removing algae from acrylic, period. You will be amazed. ;)
 

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Magic Eraser itself already contains soap, or atleast in my experience.

I'd buy an aquarium algae scraper made for acrylic just to be safe.
 

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It must be the Original. It says "Original" on the box. If it contains soap, you got the wrong kind.

If there's any question which kind you have, wet it and see if it suds up. I just gave a fresh one a lick out of curiosity, and there is no flavor, soapy or otherwise. :)

I've been using these for years now. I have acrylic safe scrapers too, and this works far better.
 

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Start with the softest thing you can find and keep at it BEFORE it builds up. I use Bountry paper towels. Everything can scratch something. It's the mirco scratches that the algae is holding on too. The less you scratch the surface the less opportunity there is for algae to grab a foothold.
 
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