Algae on glass

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  1. CapeReefer

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    hi guys , iv noticed some green algae growing on the bottom of the tank glass. The magnetic cleaner cant seem to get it off. Any ideas what the best way to get rid of it? And also what could b the cause of this algae?

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    Edge of an old credit card works wonders for my tank. That is if you don't mind putting your hand in your tank to scrape it off. :)
     
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    Otherwise, get yourself a flippermagnet (has a built in scraping blade) or the bubble magus scraper magnet is also nice!!!
    Those hard green algae grows in almost all tanks...
     
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    I think its also the only time you swipe the card without it costing you money.LOL
     
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    Flipper is the answer
     
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    thanx Tekkengal, will try that. :thumbup:
     
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    use a stanley blade to get it off your glass if you don't wanna spend money on a flipper magnet down side with that is that you gonna need to change your blade almost every week as they are not very good with the salt water. check your nitrates and phosphates levels. if you don't have a test kit rather buy one than buying a flipper magnet... imo
     
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    Iv seen the flipper Magnet. Very cool but think ill try the card way 1st. If its drives me crazy I will get the magnet:)
     
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    Is your tank glass or acrylic? Metal blades will scratch an acrylic tank really badly so check that first before going that route.
     
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    Haha, now thats funny @ccwilke!!!
     
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    Fortunately, the tank is glass:)
    Thanx for the input guys, appreciate it as always.
     
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    I buy the cheap R20 glass scrapers with plastic handles from builders warehouse. Use them 10 times, then throw them away.
    Only drawback, putting your hands in the tank!
     
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    i also use them for that hard algae that doent want to come of. luckily my system isnt that deep so my hands dont go in the water
     
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    I just cleaned the same stuff of my tank the weekend. Used a stanly blade inserted at an angle into a section of irrigation pipe, and scraped of algae....one time. Dont like too put my hands in the water if I dont have to. I have an acrylic tank, and didnt damage pane at all.

    This suggestion is most prob better!
     
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    I have the flipper and its awesome, ive got mine for a few months now and the blade is as sharp as the day i got it, i leave mine attched in the tank below the water surface and not a single rust spot.....i think my goldie actually changed to a male quicker cos once i cleaned the glass for the first time he went mad fighting his reflection lol.
     
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    Are the flipper magnet good (strong magnet)? - that hard green algae is really tough to remove. At teh momnet I'm using a paint scraper to do the job.
     
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    the advantage of the flipper magnet besides of course not having to put your hands in the water is the fact that the blade is designed to resist the salt and won't rust. any other blade hardly lasts a week after the first time you use it. I even went to the extend of trying to dip them in cooking oil after each use to prevent rust but that didn't work.. they are just not made for salt water
     
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    yup the magnet is strong. but the positioning of the blade make it a breeze. my glass was covered with the green stuff and the flipper scraped it off with ease, even coraline is no match.
     
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    Thanks a lot. I think I need to get myself one of these. Using the paint scraper works well, but it means me getting my arm into the water almost to my shoulder when trying to scrape of algae at the bottom of the glass.

    And I'm also scared of getting shocked accidentally:scared::scared::scared:
     
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    Flipper is great but does not work on 12mm glass and that algae, i use a scraper on a pole got one at that LFS for R99 with telescopic handle plastic blade (like a credit card) metal blade and sponge attachment.
     
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