Cleaning Your Glass

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Nsteyn, 14 Jan 2011.

  1. Nsteyn

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    Hi guys,

    My Purple Devil algae, aka Coraline, is driving me crazy, growing on my viewing panes and just making my life hell in general.

    My question is - How do you guys keep your glass clean, or am I the only one with this problem?

    Do I buy a R600.00 + Magnet glass cleaner? Are they worth it?
    Is there a DIY solution?


    Tnx!!!
    :1:

    Niel
     
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  3. Sentari

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    Get a Glass Scraper. Works like a charm. They cheap and you can buy replacement blades.

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  4. rakabos

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    +1 on scrapers. The magnets tend to scratch glass with the substrate that can get stuck in between.

    I scrape once a week - nice and clean
     
  5. gMAN

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    or you can get an urchin, took care of my coraline in about 2 weeks. they also keep the LR clean.....
     
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    I use a credit card.
     
  7. mariusmeyer

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    Preferably the wifes card.
     
  8. johanpm

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    haha :thumbup:
     
  9. Tony

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    The scraper works llike a bomb
     
  10. Anemone

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    Agreed! The magnetic scraper does nothing for coraline algae.
     
  11. Munky82

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    I'm curious... any specific species? I wasn't aware that they chow coraline
     
  12. Junz

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    i use a normal stanley blade and it works like a bomb
     
  13. Tobes

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    For coraline to grow on your viewing pane you don't clean it that regularly :whistling:

    I used a stanley knive blade with a plastic scraper.
     
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    Stanley blade is the way to go:thumbup:
     
  15. Evo R

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    Those yellow and green dish washing sponges and a little elbow grease works wonders!!!!!!
     
  16. rakabos

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    those sponges SCRATCH your glass dont use it
     
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    thats why they're called "scourers" :p
     
  18. erle_vaughan

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    external scratches... is there any cure for them? like a polish or paste?
     
  19. Drk

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    They have scratch my tank also. Stanley blades can also scratch your glass if you hold it wrong.

    I got a scraper set from my LFS it got a scraper and a sponce cleaner and a sand sifter works like a charm.
     
  20. durleo

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    I use a credit or store card to get rid of tough algae and corraline. I also use a scraper that is used in freshwater tanks that takes those minora blades. The blades are thinner and sharper than stanley blades and dont leave as many scratches if used properly. I also use a tunze magnet to wipe the algae before it builds up. If you gonna buy a good magnet get the tunze one from george. It costs about R100 more that the normal magnets but it works wonders.
     
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    I have a scraper with a plastic blade and i tell u i couldn't be happier it easily scrapes off any algae on the glass
     
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