Cleaning up a used tank

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by Kimberly4403, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. K

    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Im using water and vinegar which is great for glass butnot doing anything for the black edges as seen in picture.. Also how do you get the black stick on thermometers off the glass??

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  2. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    That looks like algae buildup, have you tried scraping it off? Can you peel off the thermometers? I'm guessing that could work


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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Ive tried peeling the thermometer but well and truely stuck

    What can i use to scrape it

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  4. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    A razor blade should work. Here is a video that can help  


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  5. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Well usually when I want to scrape stubborn stickers off car windshields, I find using goo-gone and a quarter works real well. I don't know if you want to try it on a fish tank. You could probably rinse the goo-gone off real well later.


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  6. Gekco

    Gekco Well Known Member Member

    You can use goo-gone, I used it in my tank when I bought it from my LFS for some reason Fluval decided to put a sticker inside the tank. Just rinse the tank out really well after and you should be fine. You could also do the same thing with rubbing alcohol.


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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Ok so ive scrapped the algea off glass has come up great no scratches yay but what should i try with the black frame



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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    The glass lids are lying on bottom of tank soaking in water i scrubbed them but they still have white cloudy stuff on them which im assuming is calcium deposits? Will they fade after soaking or should i try something else.. Any little hints and tricks would be appreciated as this is my first second hand tank.. Also any tricks on getting algea out of canister pipes?

    i used to buy new but now im getting into bigger tanks its very expensive to buy them new so i want to work miracles on this so far so good.. I want to impress hubby so i can upgrade again later on down the track ;)

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  9. Jsigmo

    Jsigmo Well Known Member Member

    That's a neat aquarium. Is it all glass? The curved piece that forms the front and sides is very cool!

    For glass, a razor blade held in a safety handle (commonly called a widget) will work wonders and get the residue left over from the thermometer off. Just keep the blade at a shallow angle to the glass, as if you were giving the glass a shave, and it won't scratch the glass. You can honk on it pretty hard. Just be very careful not to cut toward any part of your body. Razor blades are incredibly sharp, and one slip can mean a terrible injury.

    You can get an edge of the thermometer started with the razor blade. Then they usually pull off in one piece, but they often leave some adhesive behind. That scrapes off. The goo gone or other solvent helps with that.

    As for the gunk on the plastic, there, you must be more careful. Solvents can attack plastics.

    But water-based chemicals can help. You can try citric acid (lemon juice) and let it soak for a while. You can keep it wet with the acid solution by using some cotton, or strips of old rags laid into the area that needs to soak.

    I buy pure citric acid powder from Amazon. It has many uses around the house. You do need to be careful with it, though.

    Big bottles of lemon juice are available at most grocery stores. It has a lower pH than vinegar and seems to strip calcium deposits faster.

    Just rinse it all off well when you're done so it doesn't alter the pH of the aquarium water.
     
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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Yeah its all glass.. Ill try lemon juice on the plastic... How long should u leave it to soak??

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  11. Jsigmo

    Jsigmo Well Known Member Member

    I thought about what some of the deposits might be. If there are silicate deposits (from the water directly, or from diatoms), then you'll want to use something that helps dissolve silicates. The first thing that comes to mind is hydrofluoric acid. But that is some seriously nasty stuff! And it will dissolve the glass, too. In the labs where I've worked, this is one of the things that really had the full respect of the analysts! I do NOT recommend it for home use at all. Pretty scary stuff!

    I did a little web searching, and found that a number of people recommended two products for removing silicates. Both are made by the same company, and I have no idea what the active ingredients are. So I can't vouch for their effectiveness or safety.

    But, both are made by CRL. One is called CRL Bio-Clean Water Stain Remover, and the other is called A-Maz Water Stain Remover. Amazon carries both.

    People seem to say that both will require a bit of elbow grease, but will get the job done. I need to try these on my glass shower doors, which must have silicate deposits because acids don't touch some of what's there. I can get the soap scum and carbonates off with acid, but there's a thin scale that's always left behind. This is supposedly silicates, and is what people have a hard time removing. I may order some of both of those products and see if they do anything for me.

    I also found a lot of razor blade scrapers on Amazon. Here are a couple:

    http://www.amazon.com/Hyde-Tools-13...436910875&sr=8-1&keywords=razor+blade+scraper

    http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-28-10...1436910095&sr=8-1&keywords=razor+blade+widget

    Again, razor blade scrapers are very handy. But be very careful. Those blades are sharp with a capitol S. :)
     
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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    As im pregnant i dont want to be using any tough chemicals so was hoping to get away with house hold stuff like vinegar or lemon juice :/

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  13. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Perfect excuse to get your husband to help out!


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  14. Jsigmo

    Jsigmo Well Known Member Member

    Hah! :)

    I think you'd have to play it by ear to find out how long to let the lemon juice soak. It might take it off right away, or it might require hours. It's worth a try.

    Also, you may need to apply the lemon juice a number of times. As it eats up the deposits, it will lose strength. So just soaking for a long long time might not be productive. You might want to wring out, then re-wet the cloth with fresh juice over and over to get the best effect.

    I have an old aquarium that I need to clean up one of these days, so I'm afraid I'll be trying a bunch of these methods myself sooner or later.
     
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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Ok so finally applied the first soak of lemon juice at 8am this morning i had a spare pack of cotton makeup rounds so used them.. I used an entire 500ml bottle of lemon juice on this first soak and will continue to reapply lemon juice as needed.. After this soak i have very fine steel wool thats used for polishing that im gonna try.. Ill keep you posted on outcome

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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Need some more tips for the glass tops.. Ive had them soaking in vinegar and water for 3 days and have also tried glass cleaner anything else i can try to get cloudy marks off glass

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  17. Gekco

    Gekco Well Known Member Member

    If it feels like something is on top of the glass, I would try and use goof off or goo gone then just rinse it really well with lots of water. Fluval decided to put a sticker on the inside of my tank and I needed to use it to take off the sticker residue.
     
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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    Its not from a sticker its on the inside you can feel it its rougher than the clear glass..

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    Kimberly4403 Well Known Member Member

    I have no idea what goof off or goo gone is? Is that an australian product?

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  20. Gekco

    Gekco Well Known Member Member

    Well if it;s rougher than the glass it might be a scratch on the glass and if it is i'm out of ideas. Never dealt with scratched glass, but IMO it should be fine.
     




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