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Old 09-26-2011, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello I just purchased a 75 gal used fish tank and it has a really stubborn hard water stain all around the whole tank. I have cleaned the glass with a bleach/water solution and tried steel wool, but it's not coming off. Normally I wouldn't ask if chemicals were appropriate, but I don't have it filled or anything because I still have yet to get the filter, heater, substrate, etc. and I have heard that vinegar will work. Will it be ok for me to use the lime-a-away if I rinse the tank a few times after the use? thanks!
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Distilled white vinegar. On stubborn hard water marks, use at full strength.

- Gently lay the aquarium on its side
- Pour in vinegar until it covers the entire panel of glass
- Let sit ~ 15 mins
- Using a scraper, scrape the build up right off
- Repeat for other sides and bottom
- Rinse well
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Don't use Lime-a-way...
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the tank is so big that I can't really rotate it onto it's sides by myslef, and I can never get help from anyone to help me rotate it
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Distilled white vinegar. On stubborn hard water marks, use at full strength.

- Gently lay the aquarium on its side
- Pour in vinegar until it covers the entire panel of glass
- Let sit ~ 15 mins
- Using a scraper, scrape the build up right off
- Repeat for other sides and bottom
- Rinse well


Here's a trick I've learned. So the vinegar does not evaporate, cover it with a piece of Saran Wrap while you let the vinegar do it's job.

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Try using a spray bottle and mist the glass several times and scrape. I would not use chemicals either they can soak into the silicone and leach out after the tank is filled.
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Don't know how everyone else feels about this but I recently had some hard water stains and i tried scrubbing, soaking, vinegar and was going nuts. They would not come off so I turned to rubbing alcohol. You wil obviously have to rinse really really well but it takes it off in seconds.
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I use a box cutter blade. hold it at an angle with good pressure and it will scrape it off!
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Default Re: Cleaning Hard water stains with Lime-a-way?

agreed with unicorn. you can fill it with water and scrape away but the seams will never be anything but white.

NEVER EVER EVER EVER put chemicals in your personal tanks. Commercial places can afford to throw away livestock and rarely replace anything as it's cheaper to just keep buying up diseased fish that need chemical treatment.

I would definitely use alcohol. Everclear might be safer than rubbing, but either way it's going to evaporate and allow you to just wipe it away with a rag.


I will never forget 1985. My dad and grandpa always had chromed out, slate'd out bottom tanks. Back when the only exotic fish were swordtails and mollies. Anyways, that year we had to move and in moving our tanks dad had to move two 6inch oscars he had had for a long time. It was a simple replacing tanks for larger ones in the wall so it involved some time on construction. Being summertime he had a few half whiskey barrels filled with rainwater. Totally should be purewater right? Kinda smells that way with a beer in your hand. We thought the oscars died, but they were just drunk as heck for about 3 weeks. The rainwater brought out the liq from the wood. Next time you buy half barrels, keep in mind they may have actually been used for their purpose.
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Don't know how everyone else feels about this but I recently had some hard water stains and i tried scrubbing, soaking, vinegar and was going nuts. They would not come off so I turned to rubbing alcohol. You wil obviously have to rinse really really well but it takes it off in seconds.
Not necessairly. Alcohol evaporates very rapidily. Still goot to rinse though.


and interesting. Never thought of alcohol.

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Default Re: Cleaning Hard water stains with Lime-a-way?

I use alcohol in tank cleaning sometimes, I like it for grease marks, like fingerprints, it does leave a slight residue after it evaporates but I rinse and have never had a problem. Vinegar is the best thing I have found for hard water stains though. I soak a sponge in it and wipe around the sides of the tank, leave it a while and repeat, after a while the stains soften up enough to scrub off. Be careful what you scrub with, steel wool will scratch the glass.
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