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    Cleaning & Maintenance Suggestions

    It is that time of year again... major aquarium maintenance and cleaning. Blah.

    First, I have some algae that likes to live in the teeth of the overflow box. I pick at it with tweezers but I am hoping someone has a better method for means of removal.

    Second, I have some Calcium and Sodium Bicarbonate deposit on the walls of the acrylic sump from dosing. Has anyone ever tried wiping the walls down with vinegar? I feel like a old credit card just is not doing the trick. Anyone ever use a sponge on their sump? I have been paranoid about accidentally using a sponge that had some form of biocide.

    Thoughts? Opinions? Your Experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangency View Post

    First, I have some algae that likes to live in the teeth of the overflow box. I pick at it with tweezers but I am hoping someone has a better method for means of removal.
    I use the stiffest toothbrush I can find, I also have a "modified" Potato brush (I cut the bristles down with scissors) I use a pastry brush for my skimmer collection cup to clean it so I do not scratch the acrylic throat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emisis View Post
    I use the stiffest toothbrush I can find, I also have a "modified" Potato brush (I cut the bristles down with scissors) I use a pastry brush for my skimmer collection cup to clean it so I do not scratch the acrylic throat.
    Thanks Emisis! Worked like a charm!

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    Jeff, If you have a lid on your overflow you might consider extendingit a little past the edge so it hang over the teeth and sheilds them from your lights. That would eliminate your algae issue in the teeth.
    For general scrubbing I use various sized test tube/bottle brushes from amazon or ebay. The long ones are nice because you can bend the handle to the shape you need. I also soak anything I can in a vinegar solution prior to cleaning because Iam lazy. I also just picked up a robosnail when they were on a crazy black friday sale, so I'll be curious how effective that is an assistinng with my lazyness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbie View Post
    I also just picked up a robosnail when they were on a crazy black friday sale, so I'll be curious how effective that is an assistinng with my lazyness.
    Seriously????? LMAO (well I thought about one too )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emisis View Post
    Seriously????? LMAO (well I thought about one too )
    black friday morning at about 2am i got the DFS sale email. Let's just say it was an impulse buy to which I was not legally able to consent (It's pretty cool tech though)

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    I use a toothbrush on pretty much everything. Mag cleaner for the walls.... I have to clean my walls like every two days.. So annoying.

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