How to safely clean aquarium glass


No matter how much effort you put into regular aquarium maintenance, there will come a time when you have no choice but to do a thorough job cleaning your aquarium glass.  There are actually three surfaces you need to consider when it comes to this specific task.  These include the inside, the outside, and the glass that protects the aquarium light from spashes.  Each surface can be cleaned quickly and efficiently.

For the inner surface of your aquarium glass, the problem is usually either one of algae or calcium deposits.  Algae can quickly take over below the water surface, and lime or calcium deposits build up slowly if your water level drops over time without being replaced.  A good cheap algae scraper will easily do the trick of removing any unsightly algae.  Some come with a sharper edge for the tougher algae.  The straight egde will tackle the white deposits above the water.

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Cleaning the external surface of your aquarium glass is similar to cleaning any window or mirror.  There is, however, one exception.  Many glass cleaners contain chemicals that are toxic to the fish and invertebrates in your fish tank.  There are two ways to avoid this problem: (1) use your regular streak-free glass cleaner, but spray it onto a soft cloth well away from the aquarium, and (2) use a non-toxic cleaner or specially designed aquarium glass wipes.  Both options should remove any water marks and leave a clean, streak-free glass surface.

If you have an aquarium filled with hard water, the glass under your tank light will become clouded thanks to deposits of calcium and lime as splashed deposit.  Fortunatley, this usually takes a few months or more to occur.  If you do not clean this properly, you will severely limit the amount of light that makes it to your plants, and you plants may suffer.  After removing the glass (and storing your light away from the tank), simply soak it in vinegar for 5 to 10 minutes and the film will dissolve away.  Minimal scrubbing may be necessary!

Keeping your aquarium glass clean doesn’t have to be a difficult task if you remember these tricks to clean the inner and outer surfaces, and the glass between your light and your fish tank.  Click here for the best aquarium wipes designed for safe use on a fish tank.


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