Question Calcium Build Up

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damprye

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I cannot believe that I now own 14 tanks, still with the 6 footer on the way and not counted lol.
I picked up some second hand ones that need quite a bit of cleaning and the such including one that has cacification all inside it, like everywhere. It is the calcified one that I need the most help on. How do you get the calcification off when it is very thick and a non scratch scourer is not getting it off ??? could I try and get as much off as possible (currently soaking in boiling water) and then add my snails on there? I know the whole add vinigar thing but I do not have any atm and need another avenue, does anyone else have any ideas?
 

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Yes you could try boiling it, I would try soaking in hot water for a while, like an hour or more.

Then see if you can scrub it off, or even gently scrape it off with a credit card. Or you could use bleach if you have it. 1:19 mix with warm water.

Then rinse thoroughly and allow to dry in the sun.
 

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Any advice for how to remove calcium build-up from tanks I'm currently using? Here in my town we have *very* hard water. We have calcium build-up on everything.
 

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IDK if what I'm thinking of is actually calcium buildups, but I use an unused toothbrush to clean stuff off of my tanks ...........
 

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The soaking in boiling water and then scrubbing didn't work for me but I did put in fresh, conditioned water, chucked in a heater and bubble stick, added my two apple snails and as of yesterday there is no calcium at all on the inside of the tank *whoop whoop*
I knew that the calcium is good for the snails shells and that they like to clean but I did not expect THAT much success
uprightandlocked if I were you I would go get a couple of snails
 

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I know for mystery snails that you can clearly see the eggs when they produce or re-produce (sometimes the females will lay eggs that aren't fertilized) and mystery snails are a type of apple snail. Mystery's are also male and female, not asexual. I have read apple snails can get huge. Not sure if apples are asexual or not.
 

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WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR for crusts....it is organice and acid...will break up and eventually disolve the crust....like cleaning a coffee pot.

White Vinegar will clean off all crusts, particularily calcium. Of course the tank needs to be empty. Soak the stained areas in white vinegar. I usually lay a paper towel over the areas and let it sit. The thin crusts will rub off. Then scrape off the major crusts with a single edge razor. Works very well and relatively easy....rinse it out as best as possible when done. It is organic and a trace will do no harm.

Also does all parts, filter tubing etc. If it is a ring around the top and tank is not empty, you lower the water and just wipe around the top with a non dripping paper towel, then scrape, and siphon up any chunks that fall into the tank.
 
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I have not had a problem with the snails breeding so far but I have been told that pet stores are happy to take them off your hands if it does become an issue. I will keep TedsTank's ideea in mind for the rings of crust myself, thank you ^.^
 
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