help removing mineral stains

iliketerrariumsSeptember 18, 2005

Does anyone know how I can remove mineral stains from the inside glass of a viv without hurting the plants and critters? I know that dismantling the viv will be the best way, but the plants and critters are doing so well and Im afraid that dismantling and rebuilding wont do them good, the only thing that REALLY matters to me is that the plants and inhabitants are healthy, but my wife gave me a hint today that the glass looks "bad", this happened when I first built the viv, thinking that I wasnt going to add critters I used faucet water instead of RO and paid the price, so I drained the water and use RO but the stains still remain, now I know that RO is the best for both plants and critters, any help will be appreciated! Thanks in advance =)

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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
IME the carbonates will disolve in the RO water given enough time.Rubbing it will also hasten the disolving.
Check your water hardness and see if the pH is high enough to cause precipatation. any thing above 7.
Change the water as it disolves and replace with RO water.
gary

    Bookmark   September 19, 2005 at 7:07AM
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deadhamster(Z5 MI)

I use white wine vinegar myself. It will remove absolutely any deposit from glass. I've never used it on an amphibian tank that had animals in it at the time, so you might want to ask someone who knows more about them if it is safe. But I use it on my cage any time it needs it. Just put a bit on a soft cloth and wipe the surface of the glass. I usually go back over it after that with a dry cloth to remove anything that is left.

-DH

    Bookmark   September 19, 2005 at 8:38AM
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iliketerrariums

Cool, Thankk you both for the advice =)

    Bookmark   September 19, 2005 at 3:19PM
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sahoyaref(Alberta z3a)

Vinegar will do the trick. It's non-toxic, so it shouldn't hurt the animals, but it is still an acid, so just to be safe, use only a very little bit, and clean it off with an RO water rinse afterwards. Lemon juice would also work in the same way.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2005 at 1:59AM
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Matt_Campbell

I work at a zoo and we use slightly diluted white vinegar to remove the calcium stains from our dart frog tank. We spray the dilute vinegar on a paper towel and then simply rub the glass to get the stains off. Follow up with a dry paper towel to remove any residue. For particularly heavy stains which we get from daily spraying in some off exhibit enclosures we use a razor blade to scrape the residue off and then follow up with the usual dilute vinegar and dry paper towel.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2005 at 10:28PM
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