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Old 04/14/2010, 08:49 PM   #26
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Old 04/15/2010, 07:15 AM   #27
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I often dose bleach to keep my water super clean and clear.


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Old 04/15/2010, 07:22 AM   #28
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Re: cleaning the outside of the tank, windex?

I wax my tank with good old turtle wax paste. You would be amazed how well everything just falls off of the glass. I would only use this on a glass tank.


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Old 04/15/2010, 08:58 AM   #29
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I usually use my T shirt that I am wearing. Salt creep and finger prints come clean in a few circles. I once had a person tell me not to use windex to clean the outside of the tank because the ammonia would be absorbed THROUGH the glass. I asked her what she meant and she said that the pores in the glass would allow it to pass through killing everything in it. I then asked her if glass had one way pores or if they were two way like a road. She said two way of course. I then asked her how the water stayed in her tank. All she could say was oh.


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Old 04/15/2010, 09:54 AM   #30
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I mostly use a dry soft cloth with nothing on my glass tank. Residue from the tank water when dry tends to smere. A little glass cleaner if that doesn't work.


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Old 04/15/2010, 10:00 AM   #31
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I once had a person tell me not to use windex to clean the outside of the tank because the ammonia would be absorbed THROUGH the glass. I asked her what she meant and she said that the pores in the glass would allow it to pass through killing everything in it. I then asked her if glass had one way pores or if they were two way like a road. She said two way of course. I then asked her how the water stayed in her tank. All she could say was oh.



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Old 11/07/2018, 08:08 AM   #32
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yeah i just used windex very carfully and it helped but i just realized its on the inside of the tank hmmmm i can see my fish and everything but theres like marks on the tank, any ideas of how to get thoose out??
I'm having this same problem. Like drip marks that won't come off unless you buff at them. If I get a drip on the glass it's hard to get off. Don't want to scratch the glass inside or out.


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Old 11/07/2018, 08:23 AM   #33
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Aside from the windex debate, I avoid using paper towels because over time they can make micro scratches that build up on glass. Same goes for my eyeglasses. Clean cloth or microfiber is much safer.
If you look at a magnified paper towel it is quite rough.


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Old 11/07/2018, 10:57 AM   #34
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I believe Windex has more than just ammonia in it so I would not spray it around the tank.
But why use it on a reef windex leaves streaks more easily if not wiped down afterward.

I just use vinegar it leaves less streaks and works better on hard water.. Plus a little gets in the tank no problem it just feed bacteria. We use vinegar on everything from stoves to mirrors.


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Old 11/07/2018, 10:53 PM   #35
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RO/DI mixed with vinegar.


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Old 11/07/2018, 11:09 PM   #36
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I have never used windex, vinegar, or RODI. When I get tank water on the outside of the tank, I wipe it up with a clean cotton cloth, and then buff it with a second clean AND dry cotton cloth. Takes a matter of seconds and the tank is spotless. I have found that cleaning up a mess before it dries makes it much easier to clean.

Also, having worked with, and cleaned, THOUSANDS of eyeglasses for nearly 20 years, I hesitate to use any cleaners on glass and, as mentioned above, DO NOT use paper of any kind. Paper towels, Kleenex, newspaper, etc, it will all scratch glass and especially acrylic. Nothing more than a clean cotton cloth, preferably microfiber, which I have hundreds of.


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Old 11/08/2018, 09:08 AM   #37
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I use to work in the auto glass business and what we used to clean the glass was a product called Sprayaway. It sprays on like a foam and doesn't leave streaks or any kind of residue. I use an old tee shirt and spray a little onto that wipe down the tank and dry with another tee shirt...spotless!


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Old 11/08/2018, 09:32 AM   #38
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I use to work in the auto glass business and what we used to clean the glass was a product called Sprayaway. It sprays on like a foam and doesn't leave streaks or any kind of residue. I use an old tee shirt and spray a little onto that wipe down the tank and dry with another tee shirt...spotless!
Too funny that I was using that this morning but the can won't spray anymore. I got it from a buddy of mine about five years ago.




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Old 11/08/2018, 09:34 AM   #39
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I definitely need a new Mag Float too as mine has rough edges around the felt padding. Any suggestions for a decent size or Brand?


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Old 11/08/2018, 09:37 AM   #40
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Lately I've been using a microfiber cloth and the cleaner for my flat screen tv.
Works pretty darn good.
As with all cleaners I've used over the years, I spray it on the cloth/rag first.


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I fill a sprayer with 3/4 RO and 1/4 vinegar. Learned this from LFS


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Old 11/08/2018, 11:17 AM   #42
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Old 11/08/2018, 11:39 AM   #43
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I just lick it clean..


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Old 11/08/2018, 11:48 AM   #44
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I use alcohol
If it gets into the tank itís not a big deal
I use this sprayer itís amazing sprays a very fine mist

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Old 11/08/2018, 11:51 AM   #45
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Is that before or after you do a shot of skimmate.


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Old 11/08/2018, 02:59 PM   #47
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Old 11/08/2018, 07:23 PM   #48
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white vinegar? what about normal vinegar?
White vinegar is normal vinegar. I mostly just use RODI water though, usually does a really good job, and there are no worries, but I suppose there are no worries with vinegar as well. Just my opinion, but I would stay away from chemical cleaner... why risk it.


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Old 11/08/2018, 10:48 PM   #49
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Ammonia is very close to water on a molecular level, and it mixes instantly with water. I thought Windex had ammonia in it, but I now realize it does not. Regardless, I know that I am a klutz, and if anything can go wrong, it will, and if I use Windex, it's just a matter of time before I dump a whole bottle in a sump. So I use what my mother used for windows; 1/2 distilled water and 1/2 distilled white vinegar.


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Ammonia is very close to water on a molecular level, and it mixes instantly with water. I thought Windex had ammonia in it, but I now realize it does not. Regardless, I know that I am a klutz, and if anything can go wrong, it will, and if I use Windex, it's just a matter of time before I dump a whole bottle in a sump. So I use what my mother used for windows; 1/2 distilled water and 1/2 distilled white vinegar.
I just ordered Glass Plus, Microfiber Cloths, and a Squeegee from Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Ammonia-Free and three bottles for one Windex.


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