Remove calcium from glass How Do I

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by atc84, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. atc84

    atc84Well Known MemberMember

    One of the downsides of Southern California is the hard water, which is easily proven by the white streaks on the aquarium. Now these i can get off, but on the hood, the glass part under the light is very chalked up by water spray from the filter and what not. I tried scrubbing it with steel wool with soap and hot water and it sorta helped, but didn't get all of it.

    Besides ripping out the glass, what's the best way to remove these white spots from the glass? preferably a home remedy, since i don't really want to go buy something lol.
  2. Rivieraneo

    RivieraneoModeratorModerator Member

    I usually soak a rag in white vinegar and wipe back and forth taking care not to drip vinegar into the aquarium. This usually works for me.
  3. OP

    atc84Well Known MemberMember

    sounds good, a strong acid would help remove it. Thanks for the suggestion, I usually remove the hood for when i clean it, so that shouldn't be a problem. I'll let you know how it goes. :D

  4. delta5

    delta5Well Known MemberMember

    I fill up the side of my sink with hot water, add a cap full of bleach, and let each side of the glass soak. Clean them, rinse very good. paper towel dry.

  5. celizabethh3

    celizabethh3Valued MemberMember

    +1 for the white vinegar. I have terribly hard water and the calcium loves to build up on the plastic coverings for the bulbs. Vinegar does the trick for me though!

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  6. Rivieraneo

    RivieraneoModeratorModerator Member

    atc84, were you able to resolve your hard water deposit issue ?
  7. Linda4088

    Linda4088Valued MemberMember

    What about at the top of the tank? I would use vinegar but I'm afraid of it dripping into the aquarium. I bought a beautiful used aquarium but it has the white on the top of the glass and the top of the sides.
  8. Axelrodi202Valued MemberMember

    Careful use of a metal scraper works well for me
  9. delta5

    delta5Well Known MemberMember

    Just wanted to say thats a nice looking min pomeranian.
  10. Linda4088

    Linda4088Valued MemberMember

    He's actually a long-haired Chihuahua. But everybody thinks he's a Pom and they always think he's a girl because he's so cute.
  11. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    I use a scraper made for aquariums that has a blade attached. Works like a charm.
  12. Linda4088

    Linda4088Valued MemberMember

    I have one of those I guess I'll have to give it a try. Thanks

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