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Old 02-01-04, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Removing Watermarks From Aquariums

Are there any effective methods of removing the waterstains off aquariums? I am a neat freak and I hate seeing that on my tanks...
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Old 02-01-04, 11:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the same problem, so i started misting with distilled water(No Minerals, Just H20) and havent seen a single spot since. You buy it at the drug store for .25 cents/Litre.

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Old 02-01-04, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you are concerned about water marks appearing after you clean the glass, which used to happen to us, you can try what we now do.

Use a mixture of vinegar and water, and use either paper towel or newspaper to clean the glass with the diluted vinegar.

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I am also looking to prevent water marks....I am going to be trying out Ryan's idea of vinegar (thanks! thats great idea!) and also trying distilled water, and also Dasani/or reverse osmosis water which was recommended to me by a few chondro keepers who use acrylic caging.

Is distilled water the same as reverse osmosis?

Is there any problem with snakes drinking distilled water as the only water source or should regular tap water also be provided as distilled water has no minerals?

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The vinegar works awesome and it's safe. I use it when ever I clean my tanks. Although sometimes if the marks are old it might take a while to scrub off.
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CLR also works great, just rince well afterwards, comes off in 1 wipe
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Doesn't vinegar work..or try that..Calcium solution that is advertized..CLR or something like that..lol
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Are you talking for actual fish aquariums, or reptile enclosures of aquariums?

If fish aquariums, using distilled water in them is not the best idea. It's lacking in the minerals, etc. that the fish need from it.

If we're talking enclosures for herps, distilled water in the water dish should be fine. Vinegar will clean off the outside/inside. You can use cleaning substances but, the reptile needs to be out ( fumes ) and the tank will need to be rinsed thoroughly before allowing the reptile back in.

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Hey Gino, What's up man? To get off water marks off a tank use a razor blade to scrape off the existing water deposits. Use vinegar and water solution, newspaper is the best leaves no streaks.

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Here's the key... if you use distilled water, you don't have any water marks to remove so you don't need to use vinegar. I've been misting my Amazon twice daily for months and there's not a single spot on the glass. Before switching, I'd have spots after a single misting.
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I'm with Nuno. Razor blades work wonders. It's all I could do when I was living in Edmonton...
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Here's the key... if you use distilled water, you don't have any water marks to remove so you don't need to use vinegar. I've been misting my Amazon twice daily for months and there's not a single spot on the glass. Before switching, I'd have spots after a single misting.
I was considering this, but then I have to keep in mind that I have several humidity loving lizards (ie. several mistings daily). For my chameleons, I usually go through at least a Zep Bottle and a half on each enclosure. Then the frilled dragons get a lot, as well. Not to mention baby beardeds. Thats a lot of distilled water! But nevertheless it is still an option.

Nuno, whats up man. You have got to let me know a day you will be working so I can come by, I know you miss me! LOL! Anyhow, doesn't the razor scratch the glass?
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Gino, the key is to spray the glass first and then scrape the tank while it's wet. I do it on a weekly basis and haven't encountered any scratches. I know you miss me so I guess I'll see you Saturday...lol

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