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Fish Tank Forum • View topic - How do you clean an acrylic tank?
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How do you clean an acrylic tank?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:53 pm
by Getthejist
Hey guys i recently got a 12 gallon acrylic tank from a friend and there is this really weird substance on the back wall (back of the tank) and I'm struggling to get it off, but I don't want to scratch the arcylic. Some is also on the front and side walls. Somebody help please. I want to get this tank up and running as soon as possible. Also he kept shrimp in here so I don't know what the stuff could be. I'll post a picture soon :-):

Re: How do you clean an acrylic tank?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:51 pm
by POS_miniracer

Re: How do you clean an acrylic tank?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:01 pm
by Getthejist
I better go grab some white vinegar then :)

Re: How do you clean an acrylic tank?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:14 pm
by POS_miniracer
I don't know that it would so I'd hold off until some other opinions come in.

Re: How do you clean an acrylic tank?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:32 pm
by Getthejist
Ok I'll wait a while :(

Re: How do you clean an acrylic tank?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:46 pm
by malakye
I used to just use a sponge and elbow grease on my acrylic tank.

Re: How do you clean an acrylic tank?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:58 am
by Mick
you still have the sterilising fluid option, that works on both tanks. I'm not sure what vinegar does to acrylic, probably doesn't affect it but hopefully someone else knows for sure.

Re: How do you clean an acrylic tank?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:31 pm
by POS_miniracer
My worry is that if you use the wrong thing you could cloud the acrylic.
You could/should always test whatever it is you use anyway on a spot that isn't seen.
I'd probably try that vinegar on the bottom and if there's no reaction after a while then go for it.

Re: How do you clean an acrylic tank?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:57 pm
by Blowfish
White vinegar works great on acrylic and wont cloud it at all,also a bit of muslin works great as your abrasive,it wont scratch the tank !! :thu:

Re: How do you clean an acrylic tank?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:39 pm
by Getthejist
I'll got out and buy those on wednesday or thursday because I'm off for three weeks after wed :ye: :ye: Will they have that at a supermarket or at a home improvement store (e.g B&Q)