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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-28-2016, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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Question Cleaning outside of tank

Hello all:

I am just wondering what everyone does to keep the outside of their tanks sparkling clean? I don't want to use glass cleaner but I would like something that will easy and safe to use. What would you recommend? I honestly see all the videos on you tube of people's lovely tanks and it has inspired me to spruce my own up a bit.

How often do you clean the outside of the tank?


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Re: Cleaning outside of tank

You can use a very diluted vinegar-water mixture, it will do a good job of cleaning. Just know that high amounts of vinegar can kill fish, as well as lower PH, so don't dump it in the tank. Using a spray bottle with it will be completely safe.

Vinegar is also the best thing to use to clean the inside of a tank before setting it up/putting it in storage. It is no where near as harsh, nor hard to remove, as bleach. Just rinse the tank out after cleaning, and you are good to go (whereas with bleach, you have to add dechlorinator, etc).

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Re: Cleaning outside of tank

I have used windex on the outside of my tanks. Just spray the windex onto a paper towel and use the paper towel to clean the outside of the tank, that way you are sure not to get any of it inside the tank. For the inside, I wouldn't use anything, other than something that gets the gunk off without using chemicals or anything that harms fish or plants (if you have live plants). There are fish that will keep the inside of the tank clean for you as well: snails, otos, plecos (these get big, about 6 1/2 inches to 2 feet), etc.

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Re: Cleaning outside of tank

Glass cleaner seems fine, after all, in most cases it is glass. I have no idea on acrylics etc.

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