Clear reef vision: How do you clean the inside of the glass on your aquarium?

How do you clean the inside of the glass on your aquarium? (select all that apply)

  • Razor blade

    Votes: 199 63.2%
  • Plastic scraper

    Votes: 86 27.3%
  • Clean-up crew

    Votes: 111 35.2%
  • Magic eraser

    Votes: 53 16.8%
  • Other

    Votes: 81 25.7%

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Peace River

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Clear reef vision: How do you clean the inside of the glass on your aquarium?

Cleaning that aquarium glass, inside and out, is a key part of enjoying our reef tanks and being able to see and enjoy everything that is going on in our aquatic ecosystems. While some reef keepers are more detailed than others and some clean the glass far more frequently than others, this is a part of the tank maintenance for most of us. In addition to the improved viewing, there are other functional reasons to clean the glass such as algae control and removal. Now that most of us agree that we should be cleaning the inside of the aquarium glass with some level of regularity (we can agree on that, right?), let’s think about how to do it. For your tank, how do you clean the inside of the glass on your aquarium? Please share your approach and if you have any tips or tricks for cleaning.

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If you are looking for additional tips on cleaning your aquarium glass, then please consider reading the R2R article on How to Scrape Glass and Acrylic.

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AtlantiCat

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Top Tip: Don't change aquarium sides with your Mag Float at the surface unless you're into salt water facials. :winking-face-with-tongue:

Also, fingernails and tooth brushes make wonderful glass-cleaning tools in specific circumstances. :upside-down-face:
 

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Cheap petco large magnetic scrubber and razor blade on telescopic pole and toothbrush for corners. On the outside glass I use automotive carnauba wax and a microfiber cloth. This makes glass sparkle and resistant to fingerprints, beads any splashed water and more resistant to water stains. Just like waxing a car.
 

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I voted for them all.
CUC, snails do it for me.
Magic eraser, I sometimes use.
Razor, I have and scratch the glass, never again.
Tunze long arm, I won last year. Now my go to. I will say it comes with a razor but I'll be taking that off with the low iron tank.
 

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I use a stainless steel pad I divide to get a thinner pad and adhere it to a strong Sicce pump magnet. It is an "algae magnet" that works nearly like a blade and removes even thin layers of calcified algae. It makes almost never scratches (after years of use in several tanks), much less so than blades.

The steel pad cleaner must be taken out of the tank and flushed with freshwater when not in use.
 

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I would love a scraper that is wider and long handled. Like 6-10" wide and 30" long. I don't know how commercial aquariums get cleaned but my 340, it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to clean all 4 sides of my glass with the tiny 3-4" blade at the end of it. I could cut that time in half if it was a 6-12" wide blade. It works, just is slow.
 

Managing real reef risks: Do you pay attention to the dangers in your tank?

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