Home Glass Cleaners for the Aquarium - Are they safe?

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Glass Cleaners for the Aquarium - Are they safe? PDF Print E-mail

You want to keep your glass clean on the outside of course, to show off your beautiful fish and corals.

But is it safe to use commercial glass cleaners like Windex on the outside of your aquarium glass?vinegar

The answer is probably not. Even if you are careful where you spray, some of the chemical soup that they use might be carried into the water in the fine mist as you spray your glass. Or it might fall down into the sump water, with the same effects.

But theres no reason to take a chance on chemically contaminating your tank water. You can use an old time remedy for glass cleaning that is perfectly safe and was around before Windex was even born.

Mix up a solution of vinegar and water.

Vinegar is an excellent degreaser and cleaner. You dont need to use it "straight up"     ( undiluted). Just mix up about 3 tablespoons of vinegar with a pint of water. The type of vinegar doesnt matter either. Dark brown, or clear are both fine.

Just wet a paper towel with the solution, and wipe down the outside of the glass. The solution is acidic, so you dont want to pour it in your water, but a little bit in the water wont hurt anything. A healthy system has buffering that should keep any moderate pH swings in check.

 


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Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 08:33
 
 

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