Clean the Aquarium Glass without Scratching

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Okay so you don't ever want to scratch your glass right? You want to keep that brand new Tank entirely scratch free?
Follow these steps:
1: Never use a Magnetic Glass Cleaner. It's not a matter of "if" a particle gets onto the magnet, but when. You will scrub your glass and drive a deep scratch or multiple scratches from some kind of magnetized hard particle or any substrate eventually making it's way onto your Magnetic Glass Cleaner.
If you have a magnet cleaner I would recommend only ever using it on things like ATO Reservoirs, Mixing stations that sort of thing where you pose no threat to anything you will be subject to look at for the next 10 years.
2: Use Plastic Algae Scrapers. No metal blades, sometimes magnetic cleaners come with plastic scrapers that you can remove from the packaging and can attach to a wooden dowel rod. Doing this with plastic or wood won't scratch the glass.
3: Use Tissues. Cleaning the exterior of an aquarium with tissues is a sure way to never scratch the exterior ever again. Tissues are neatly packaged and super clean with each new Tissue pulled, widely available, a common household item, they are super soft as they're made to wipe noses. And you just throw them out without a care.

Just takes one mistake for permanent ramifications, one bad move with a metal scraper, one eternal scratch.
 
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I've been using a Tunze mag cleaner for a couple years. Have yet to pick up a stone...probably just jinxed myself. But the mag isn't too strong and the plastics blades don't pick up much.

I never use paper products on my glass. That's from wearing glasses for 50 years...all paper scratches glass. I use microfiber rags and Tunze cleaner to clean and to polish...my secret weapon....a chamois. Never use it wet, just a dry buff after the clean or in between touch up and no streaks at all. Cleans my glasses really well too. Both the vision and bar type. ;)
 
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I have a little life hack for acrylic or even glass aquariums, this isn't too practical as an every day use but if you want a nice deep clean of the glass without releasing the algae into the water try using a magic eraser thing sheet. Magic erasers are reef safe as long as it doesn't have additives, if you have a strong mag float magnet, stick the thing sheet of magic eraser between it and give it a nice scrub, the pad also catches the algae on it.
 
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