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Old 05-05-2017, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What's Your best Algae Scraper?

Hello Everyone !
I'm seeking some of your knowledge about what's your good, easy, faster and less messy way to clean the glass of the tank..
I have a pretty heavily planted tank...

I have tried the credit card but the hand stay on the way and it's kind of a slow process. You gotta move slow and it's messy..


I have tried the stick with the scrubbing pad but it's just a big NO


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I always use old credit cards. The only time they don't work easily is when I have green spot algae, which is almost never, since I dose adequate KH2PO4. The problem with any scraping of algae on the glass is with green dust algae, which is a free swimming form of algae. When it is scraped off it just stays in the water and re-settles on the glass, where it reproduces even faster. For that, I start draining the water for a water change, and use a folded paper towel to wipe the algae off the out of the water portion of the glass, usually wiping every 2 inches of exposed glass as the water level drops. The lower 50% of the glass remains in the water, so I again use a folded towel, but try to make only one pass over the glass with each piece of paper towel, so the wiped off algae is never rinsed off into the water. This has worked very well for me.
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I have to clean the glass of green dust algae like every other week. (I don't know if that is too often).. After I do it I do my water change siphoning well..

But it's kind of a slow process and hard to get your hand in between the plants and the glass.. I'm thinking to use one of these sticks with a blade but I don't know how those work...



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Single edge razor blade in a small plastic handle that clips onto the blade. It is slow but it gets everything.
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Default Re: What's Your best Algae Scraper?

Personally, I use a scrubbing pad but what I did was I tore the pad off, and I stick my hand in the tank and put pressure with my hand against the pad, against the glass. Works like a charm for every algae I have/had.
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Those two options seem to work, I have to try it...
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np, update us later on how which ones worked/the best
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I have not heard anyone mention oto cats. They are great little fish that help a lot with algae and do not harm anything BUT algae. What they do not get, I use the razor blade method. To me, that's all that works. A UV filter helps too.
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Ista blades are good



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I have not heard anyone mention oto cats. They are great little fish that help a lot with algae and do not harm anything BUT algae. What they do not get, I use the razor blade method. To me, that's all that works. A UV filter helps too.
yea but otos need a school (which in nano tanks cannot be supplied) and need at least a 15 gallon tank I believe (which also, is not a good nano fish as they are Very active.)
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