Christopher Marks

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

Aquarium Cleaning   395 members have voted

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

    • Magnetic algae scrubber
      264
    • Razor/Plastic blade
      84
    • Scubber pad
      32
    • Natually, just with snails
      16

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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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Super Nimble!

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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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I use the Flipper.

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Mr clean magic eraser (the original one).

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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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Mr Clean Magic Eraser :)

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

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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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0000 Steel Wool

 

And a Flipper

 

My acrylic tank I use a credit card

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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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(Filter floss)

+1

 

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...

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