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Author Topic: Can I use a sponge or paper towels inside my tank to clean side?  (Read 5588 times)
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« on: October 30, 2009, 04:55:07 PM »

I was wondering if I could use a new sponge (like the ones you buy at the dollar store or target) to wipe down the inside walls of my aquarium. I don't have algae just some spots of "slime" or something. Or can I use a paper towel to wipe it down? I would of course be putting this into the water w/ the fish so I'm concerned about if its safe. I have an acrylic aquarium (freshwater fish) and the algae brushes I have (for acrylic) are alittle abrasive and I've been using them and it doesn't take off the spots and it is slightly scratching it in places. I thought if I could use a sponge or paper towel it wouldn't be so harsh and I could use enough pressure to wipe off the spots w/o scratching. I use stronger paper towels that I've totally submersed in water to clean other things around the house so I know they won't fall apart like cheaper ones would. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2009, 05:06:48 PM »

as long as there are no perfumes, dyes, chemicals etc.... on the sponge or paper towel, you will be fine.
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2009, 09:49:33 PM »

many kitchen sponges sold today have anti-bacterial stuff in there and are labeled "not safe for aquariums" but other than that sure thing. 

I have a bunch of quilt batting on hand, I use it in some of my hob filters.  I use that to wipe the walls since it is cheap and works well.
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2009, 09:59:50 PM »

I use a paper towel,on soft fresh algae.Razor blade on tough spots.
Plastic sink scrubbies work well also.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2009, 10:15:54 PM »

Definitely NO razor blades in that acrylic tank, Shaylatoby!
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2009, 10:24:21 PM »

OOPs missed that,nice catch Q.Stick to paper towel or microfiber cloth.Cant tell you how many sad stories I read about folks wrecking acrylic tanks taking algae off.Maybe the safest bet is get the tank balanced and it will go away by itself.
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