Question Cleaning Tank Glass (Waterspots!)

Treefork

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Hey what's the safest and best thing to use to clean my external tank glass. I've got water spots all over and well, using a wet cloth doesn't really remove water spots.
 
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We talkin just some plain white vinegar?
 

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For the outside if the vinegar doesn't work get a small can of Turtle Wax brand rubbing compound (sold at auto parts stores). There is a big write up on here about it and I have used it on a used tank I bought. In short the abbraisives that turtle wax uses are not as hard a glass so it won't scratch your glass. It is safe to use inside the tank before you add fish. I spent about three evening trying to clean up a 120g tank I bought used, using vinegar, CLR, etc. Once I got the rubbing compound I did the entire tank in about an hour. Works great.
 

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I guess I've gotten pretty lucky. I wipe the outside of my tanks down after water changes and don't usually have a problem. The used tank water has even removed dog drool spots.
 
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I mainly have waterspots and kid fingerprints, and sometimes food from little faces pressed into the glass.
 

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I use water, white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Wipe on with a rag and off with a paper towel. The alcohol helps it dry with out streaks. Works on windows also

Do not get it in the tank!
 

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Well, if you try all the above and you still have the issue, try a razor blade or 000 steel wool, the finest steel wool available.
 

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How terrible of an idea is it to spray Windex or something similar into a paper towel (away from the tank) and then wipe it down? For just the outside of the glass, I mean.
 

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i know people who are deathly afraid of anything ammonia near the tank, i dont just out of precausion, i usually just stick my clean hand into the tank, sprits the water off my fingers onto the glass and clean it with a clean microfiber cloth, i stole like, 5 of them from my kitchen and use them solely for aquarium maitinence.
 

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I did the above and had no problems.... not saying it was a good idea...

LOL: when I was responding the windex comment was "the above"
 

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I use windex & clean paper towel... If I can really be bothered, I use some good ol' hot breath and a clean cheesecloth...
Always works for me!

Provided you have a cover on your tank, and spray chemicals away from the tank if you don't, I don't see why it matters what you put on the OUTSIDE of the tank... JMO
 
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