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Poll: Aquarium Cleaning (362 member(s) have cast votes)

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

  1. Magnetic algae scrubber (242 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  2. Razor/Plastic blade (78 votes [21.49%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.49%

  3. Scubber pad (29 votes [7.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.99%

  4. Natually, just with snails (14 votes [3.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.86%

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I use a mag-float and snails.

Toothbrush, razor, etc. to get the tight spots.
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gotta love the mag float

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mag float

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Mag-Float.


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Mag-float

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Can someone who has an acrylic tank comment, please?



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I use everything...mag float, scraper, sponge...and a toothbrush. It really works to get in the rounded corners of my 8 gal.

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I use it all. I even glued a credit card into a slotted dowel for scraping places my mag float wouldn't reach. I think my clowns stole my identity with the card though

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Mostly a scrubby pad weekly and a metal scraper down near LS monthly.
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Well. As usual, I need a multiple choice option. I checked off magnet cleaner as this is what I use most but I also scrape the coralline with a blade.

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Mag float with an Easy Blade Junior (razor blade holder) glued to it.

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For me I just use a razor blade in a blue handle thing because it deals with all the types of algae on the glass.

I have a mag float but hardly use it because it doesn't get a lot of the algae,  I think I'm going to use it as part of this protein skimmer:

 

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I use plastic gift cards or credit card style card. They work great and you can get free cards anywhere. Use a couple times and dispose.

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mag float is awesome - tried mag flip and some others that sucked

 

and then i have a razor blade crazy glued to a wooden cooking spatula for the coralline



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Voted scrubber pad, but I really don't clean my reef pond at all, because of course it has no glass.


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Me too. :)

Just make sure it is in true "pad" form.  I tried the loose stuff once, a few fibers got snagged on the live rock, eventually finding it's way through the hydor nano. I would remove it, the next day another fiber would be hanging off it again.

 

One day a fiber got caught on one of my fish, :unsure: either through the mouth and out the gills, or caught around his arm-fin. :blink:

I caught him in a net, the fish was able to get free of it by contact with the net material.

 

Any how a scrubber pad on a stick works great for a quick once-over during the week, provided you have easy access to all the glass.

I usually use a razor blade during my weekly water changes, gets any tougher stuff that may develop.

 

I bought a few mag-floats. They don't seem to be appropriate for nano tanks. First of all, it leaves strips of algae requiring multiple passes, whereas the scrubber on a stick can lift easy algae with one pass.

They are difficult to use on a rimless aquarium, the jittery slide action is sure to splash water out of the tank.

Lastly, it's a little cliche to have those things stuck to the tank all the time.

Don't get me wrong though, I cleaned them up and set them aside for use in a larger tank where they would be better suited.

 

A toothbrush is also a useful accessory, as well as a paint brush.

You might find it useful to trim the paint brush bristles to stiffen them up a bit, or add a point.

(Just watch for paint brushes assembled with metals that you may not want in your tank.)


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razor blade always works well for me



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Mini Mag-float couple times a week...

 

Old credit card once a week...

 

Razor blade occasionally for the really stubborn stuff...