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Brown gunk on glass

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There is brown gunk or algae residue or something on the sides of the tank. How do I remove it from the glass.

 

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I removed most of the water so I can look at it but my tank is forty or fifty five gallons and I have two five gallon buckets. I guess I can put the goldfish into one of the buckets but is that necessary to clean the sides.

 

 

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Its just brown algae. I just wipe mine down with a filter floss piece from my filter. :) 

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Adding to that I normally clean the algae off before a waterchange and then most of it gets siphoned out when I drain the tank, and the fish have fun chasing pieces around. I have a mix of green algae and brown algae (diatoms) though

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My landlady said it was mold but I thought it was algae.


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Some of the algae has dried either due to evaporating or the water change. How do I clean that off


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I use a razor blade

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I use a razor blade

What if I do not have one? Can a screw driver work?


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No one will listen to me. It looks like I got to do it their way. That is empty the tank completely and try to figure out how to clean it.


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1 hour ago, Miss Bad Wolf said:


What if I do not have one? Can a screw driver work?


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No it will break the tank.

1 hour ago, Miss Bad Wolf said:

No one will listen to me. It looks like I got to do it their way. That is empty the tank completely and try to figure out how to clean it.


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If you want to drain and clean it out. You can use Vinagar that should help, but you will need a razor blade or an algae scrapper :)

 

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Algae scraper works as does a scrubby that is finely textured.  I wouldn't use a screwdriver as that might scratch the glass.  I scrape off the algae in my tanks before I do a water change/cleaning with the fish inside...

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I got my tank cleaned with the help of a friend and a grill scrubber. The one without soap.


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A grill scrubber will damage the glass... 

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I'd have been worried about scratching the glass with a grill scrubber too :yikes

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8 hours ago, FishyMandy said:

I'd have been worried about scratching the glass with a grill scrubber too :yikes

yeah thats scary :o 

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21 hours ago, koko said:

yeah thats scary :o 

:no:

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Oops but it was not my idea nor ideal.


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