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Poll: Aquarium Cleaning (363 member(s) have cast votes)

How do you clean the viewing panels of your nano reef?

  1. Magnetic algae scrubber (242 votes [66.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.48%

  2. Razor/Plastic blade (78 votes [21.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.43%

  3. Scubber pad (29 votes [7.97%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.97%

  4. Natually, just with snails (15 votes [4.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.12%

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Christopher Marks

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What do you use to clean the inside panels of your aquarium?

I have always used a razor blade on my glass aquariums. I found the magnetic cleaners were convenient, but could never reach everything.
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I have one of the nimble nano magnetic cleaners (CJerome on here) that I use for daily scrapping, I do have to use a razor blade for the coraline and tougher algae spots. The nimbles are great for getting to pretty much everything.

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The Mag-Float has been working well for me. But, now I am getting a bright green algea on the glass just above the sand and it is impossible to remove!!!

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Magnetic during the week, maybe once or twice...small cleaning pad (acrylic) each weekend during water change...also use Kent Marine Pro Scraper on bottom line where LS stops...it also works well on small patchs of coraline that start between each weekend maintance.
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I have to use a combo of the razor for the majority, and then a small scouring pad for the tight corners where the glass and rock are close together.
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Mag float for the green algae and the trusty thumbnail for the coralline
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TOOTH BRUSH!!!

works like magic!!! lol seriously tho it's good for thoose hard place's that a razor blade cant go and it pretty easy to clean/handle

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Magnetic cleaner for daily cleaning and then a razor blade during every water change. Keeps her purty. :D

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I use a Nimble Nano! It works very well! I wouldnt trade it for anything else!
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I voted for using a Magnetic algae scrubber for every day use but a razor blade is really the gold standard for removing anything if you have enough space to get your hands or scraper pole in there and dont mind getting wet and stirring things around.

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All you razor blade users, are you just holding the blade in your hand? Or have you got it mounted on a rod of some sort? Is that not a lot of arm in your tank?

Edited by Tanque Verde, 25 March 2008 - 03:17 PM.


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I usually just hold it in my hand. I do have a stick with a razor holder that came with this used tank I bought but I feel like I get it done faster with my hand but as you said it gets a little wet and messy.

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+1 for the Nimble Nano!

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You need to be able to vote for more than one. Mostly Mag-Float but sometimes need to scrape or scrub. So my vote is all of the above.

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Nimble Nano for my 12, mag floats and Kent pro scraper for the other 3. I also have a few snails (that seem to be on a permanent coffee break). :lol:

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Im all in for a metal scrapper blade and a little bit of work...those magnets just dont seem to be able to get anything or anywhere due to the size

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I use a combo of all of them.

MagFloat for regular scum (I need more snails) but not very often
razor blade for coraline in any of the viewing areas
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lol filter floss pad.works great and can get in tight areas.
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I use the Penn-plax Wizard Algae Cleaning Tool With Kit, works amazing I love it and recommend it to everyone, covers every need I have and does it quickly.

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Mag and sponge, fingernail for pink stuff. If I ever used a razor blade I would have more frags than I want.

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I use a magnetic algae glass cleaner. Every where except for the curved edges, then I just scrap my finger down(works great and I have a nice viewing panel.

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I use all of the above. Magfloat to get the algae that grows higher up, snails to get the stuff closer to the sand and in the corners (since I've cleaned the rest), a scrubber pad for the stuff the Mag can't get off, and a straight-edge for the coralline (although I keep my coralline in the tank, so that people can say "Holy Coralline!" ;)

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I just use a paper towel! Though I need to invest in a scrubber pad to keep my hands out of the tank, I guess.

The magfloat vibrates the whole tank when I use it, which stresses stuff out. Also a lot of people get their tank scratched when a grain of sand gets behind it, so I am a little timid to use it.
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lol filter floss pad.works great and can get in tight areas.


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Me too. :)