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Cleaning HARD water stains and build up on tank???

Discussion in 'Tips and Techniques' started by jeff10, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. jeff10

    jeff10 New Member

    Any good ideas or recommendations on what to use for that hard water stains/build up on tank Glass?
    What about heavy build up recommendation for cleaning?
  2. Is this tank in use? Or are you getting it ready?
  3. bang guy

    bang guy Moderator Staff Member

    Straight vinegar work well in most cases. It's not toxic and it dissolves Calcium carbonate.
  4. jeff10

    jeff10 New Member

    Originally Posted by Shrimpy Brains

    Is this tank in use? Or are you getting it ready?
    Getting ready, but out of curiousity, I want to know for both? This is for gettting ready though
  5. flower

    flower Active Member

    Originally Posted by Jeff10

    Getting ready, but out of curiousity, I want to know for both? This is for gettting ready though

    A product called CLR works fantastic…rinse and rinse and rinse…I would even let it sit in clear water 24 hours and then rinse some more just to be sure. It is environmentally safe so it is not like other hard chemicals. It is the easiest way …JMO.
    Lots of folks don’t want to use any chemical and in that case use vinegar, but it won’t clean as good, and you really have to scrub.
  6. meowzer

    meowzer Moderator Staff Member

    I use white vinegar on everything that involves my tanks.....works great!!! and it's cheap too :)
  7. bang guy

    bang guy Moderator Staff Member

    If you choose CLR keep in mind that the surfactants will prevent a skimmer for operating properly for an extended period of time.
  8. flower

    flower Active Member

    Originally Posted by Bang Guy

    If you choose CLR keep in mind that the surfactants will prevent a skimmer for operating properly for an extended period of time.


    Even if you rinse it like a hundred times (Exaggeration but you get my meaning)? Just would like to know, I never used it on a saltwater tank. It didn't my hurt freshwater fish tank..
  9. bang guy

    bang guy Moderator Staff Member

    Originally Posted by Flower


    Even if you rinse it like a hundred times (Exaggeration but you get my meaning)? Just would like to know, I never used it on a saltwater tank. It didn't my hurt freshwater fish tank..
    A hundred time would work Hydrochloric Acid will also remove surfactants.
  10. jeff10

    jeff10 New Member

    It looks like the Vinegar/Lime away worked ok, its still there (hard water stain(, just harder to see. Where I have my 40 gallon tank set, it will be hard to see the water stain when it has water inside it...hopefully :)
  11. raseri

    raseri New Member

    If it's not in use and your just cleaning it, like nothing in it what so ever, Just clean it by hand with water and a razor blade, Gets everything off the sides. Only if its a glass tank though. :p
  12. immortal4419

    immortal4419 New Member

    I just did this in my new tank project. Vinegar + Razor Blae works great.
  13. cprdnick

    cprdnick New Member

    super fine steel wool is what we used to use in the detail shop on car windows. usually 00 and 000 worked and there will be no scratches to your glass, unless you apply un-needed pressure. You might mix that with vinegar too, double power, and it may act as a slight lubricant.

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