Steel wool

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by eliyareef, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. eliyareef

    eliyareef New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2018
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can I use steel wool to clean algae of the inside of a tank?
     
    Tags:

  2. cmcoker

    cmcoker Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2014
    Messages:
    3,336
    Likes Received:
    3,002
    Location:
    Texas
    I wouldn't, can you spray/soak it with water, and vinegar for coralline, diluted bleach can help with organics
     
  3. FMF0331

    FMF0331 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2011
    Messages:
    647
    Likes Received:
    283
    i wouldn't .. why not use a algae scraper. This is what i use on my tanks
    20761_400wh.png
     
    chipmunkofdoom2 likes this.
  4. Labridaedicted

    Labridaedicted Wrassetastic R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2016
    Messages:
    1,020
    Likes Received:
    1,160
    Location:
    North Jersey
    I can't say no enough to this.

    Firstly, it will likely scratch your glass. Second, the filaments of metal will fall off into the tank and release unwanted compounds as they break down. Third, the manufacturing process uses oils and other chemicals that will be released into the water.

    Get an algae scraper as mentioned above, or a magfloat with the scraper attachment (what I use) add either will remove all algae (including coralline) fairly easily.
     
    chipmunkofdoom2 likes this.
  5. cmcoker

    cmcoker Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2014
    Messages:
    3,336
    Likes Received:
    3,002
    Location:
    Texas
    I should clarify, I was thinking this was an empty tank when I posted this response.
    If the tank is full, then yes just use an algae scraper, none of the things I mentioned!
     
  6. bobby.w.hodges

    bobby.w.hodges New Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2015
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    I always find that a razor blade works best for me. Cheap too.
     
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice
Loading...