Algae on plexiglass

bubba62December 30, 2008

Any suggestions for removing algae from plexiglass without scratching the surface? I gave my Dad a small plexiglass tank and can't manage to keep the front glass clear. All of the conventional methods of algae removal have resulted in scratches. Even with a Chinese algae eater working full time and the tank located away from natural light, there's a persistent build up.

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paparoseman(z8 WA. PO.)

Go to a pet store and buy an algae pad that says it is made for plastic aquariums. Petsmart carries them if there are no local independent petshops. I have used them for years with no scratches. They are softer than the pads used on regular glass tanks or dishes.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2008 at 12:41PM
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james_ny(z7 NY)

i use a regular soft sponge. You have to rub hard but the alge comes off without scratches.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2009 at 2:11PM
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ekgrows

My dad taught me to use a razor blade and just scrape it off. Works well for glass and plastic.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2009 at 5:56PM
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sherryazure(6)

Also, bio bugs (bacterial cultures) will help to balance the water chemistry and algae will be less.

(staff at this site - PHD - explained this to me in detail!)

Here is a link that might be useful: Bio Future

    Bookmark   January 10, 2009 at 3:47AM
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ianna(Z5b)

a pleco will do the job effectively. I have a kind which remains the size of up to 7 inches. Chinese algae eaters are effective in cleaning algae off leaves and rockery, but not the glass.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 3:25PM
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