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There is an old kind and a new kind with detergent in them. The old kind (detergent free) is awesome and I use them all the time. Indispensable for general tank maintenance, IMO.

The generic ones work, also, but don't last as long.
 

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When you use them they gradually disintegrate and flatten and get dirty so you will know when it's time to throw them away, promise.

Wi-blue, yep, inside and outside the tank. Totally safe for glass and acrylic. It removes algae and mneral deposits like no one's business. I would rather use a magic eraser over a razor blade for algae any day.

I have a mist type-R tank where the back is rounded at the back corners and using a razor isn't really easy anyway. The eraser conforms to the rounded edges great!
 

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I never would have thought to use these inside the tank! Whenever I use them to clean stuff (scuffs on walls, etc), they leave little bits of themselves all over. But I guess if I scrubbed before/during water change, that wouldn't be an issue for the inside of the tank. Or maybe that doesn't happen if you scrub smooth things like glass? :D
 

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It doesn't happen as badly as rubbing something rough. The filter will catch whatever microscopic particles fall off anyway.

You cant see them in the water and it is inert anyway. I use them all the time. I like them because they "grab" the algae instead of letting it float around in the water, then just rinse it out (maybe with some h202) and let it dry out.
 

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There are four kinds, original,extra power, bath scrubber and kitchen scrubber.

Bath and kitchen scrubbers have detergents in them. Don't use those.

Original and extra power are safe to use. I Prefer original because it's easier to clean in the corners because it is just a rectangular block of melamine foam with "sharp" edges.

Extra power has wavy edges and a textured side with little raised bumps which aren't so good for cleaning aquarium glass compared to the original easer. It is 50% stronger though.
 

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I had some generic Wal-Mart ones on hand so I used a new one to scrub the algae off the glass during today's water change - it works wonders! And it's silicone-safe. I will never use anything else ever again. :D I especially love that the eraser gets the algae out of the scratches in the glass - my planted tank came to me used and quite scratched, and the credit card I was using before doesn't do a good job on scratches.
 
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