how can I clean the inside glass of my aquarium without mess...

5 years ago #1
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how can I clean the inside glass of my aquarium without messing up my fish

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5 years ago #2
KristinAnn
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A lot of aquarium shops sell these magnet things, with which one of the two magnets pieces goes inside the tank and the other out. The part that touches the glass is lined in what is basically felt. You drag the piece on the outside anlong the tank walls, and it pulls the one on the inside. In my opinion, these aren't the best. It's hard to move from one wall to another, they don't clean super well, and they are hard to move in general.

I use what is basically a semi-coarse sponge on the end of a wooden stick. the other end has a black plastic scraper, which I never use. I bought it at Petco, for something like $6.

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5 years ago #3
dkpate
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I also use the little squeegee/sponge thing. And the other day I used a razor blade (the kind that come in utility knives) to get the calcium/hard water stains off the inside of my tank. I just scrape on the day I do the pwc's, wait an hour or so for it to settle, and then I do a vacuum to get the crumbs out.

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5 years ago #4
johnarthur
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Befrore putting your hands into the aquarium, wash and rinse them really well and remove any jewelry. Fish are sensitive to residues from soap, cosmetics, solvents, etc.

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4 years ago #5
Prouncer11
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Magnet cleaners are perfect for this.You can also get a pleco that will eat all the algae off the tank

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4 years ago #6
BillyBoy
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I like johnarthur's advice on the Plechostomus: Neat fish, but it just gets too darn big (I have one so I know). You'll end up with a thrashing monster in your tank

Go with some mystery (apple) or neritina (olive) snails.

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3 years ago #7
digger06
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plecs dont eat algae once they get to adult stage,

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3 years ago #8
samir
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this didnt really work for me , they started biting the other fishes & they are very aggressive.

Try the magnets, it works great !!!

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3 years ago #9
BillyBoy
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I got a "Bristlenose" Pleco and Niritina snails. Between them both, the tank is spotless. And the Bristlenose will not get huge like the common ones.

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3 years ago #10
Brij Misra
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Just a simple way is to put some salt on a piece of cloth and rub from inside on glass your aquarium will be cleaned since salt will be safe for fishes.

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2 years ago #11
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Will the salt also work for freshwater fishes?

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2 years ago #12
Jay
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Try using the new product called the RoboSnail.
Works best on 50 gallon plus aquariums.

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2 years ago #13
johnarthur
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Salt can treat specific maladies in freshwater fish, but it also has a few negatives. Please read the materials under this link before using salt in a freshwater aquarium:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/salt-in-a-freshwater-aquarium-an-opinion-1550.html

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2 years ago #14
Sinninwithgin
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That salt just killed all my fish...a local pet store (not high end store) told me same thing now I have 2 dead angel fish and dead red shark

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2 years ago #15
Crazeed
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Thanks!!!!
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1 year ago #16
karen
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Yes they do

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7 months ago #17
Cheramistaka
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100% true, also clean you hands, when u r done, up to elbows, there can be bacteria in the tank, maybe fine for fish but not humans.....especially if you have an open scratch or sore.

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