When you first set up your fish tank, or when you get a new heaterfor your aquarium, remember to always let the new aquarium heater sitin the aquarium water, with the heater properly set up, for at leasthalf an hour before you plug the heater in or begin to . This will give theheater time to reach temperature equilibrium and prevent the glassfrom breaking due to temperature differences when the heater elementcomes on. Similarly, it is important to make sure that the heater hasbeen unplugged for half an hour or more before removing it from thefish tank to insure that the glass is cool and unlikely to break oncontact with the air (or some other surface) or due to waterevaporating off the glass, and to prevent the heater from causingdamage by burning or melting anything it may be set on.
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In this video I talk about a couple of differences between a glass and a plastic fish tank, mostly scratches. Thanks for watching I really appreciate it :-)
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If so, than a glass fish tank is the one for you. Acrylic is just a fancy type of plastic. It might be the kids and their flying toys. It could be just using a cleaning pad that is too abrasive. There are all sorts of thing that could scratch your brand new tank. It would be pretty disappointing to look at over those scratches and over again. If this is a concern, you are on the right path in considering a glass fish tank.Glass tanks come in all different sizes. Small tanks usually start at 10-gallon. Experts recommend that you go no smaller than 20 gallons for a freshwater tank and 30-40 gallons for a marine tank. Usually, you'll find glass tanks in the following sizes: 10, 20, 25, 29, 55, 75, and 90 gallons. When you pick tanks, consider that wider and longer are usually better than taller given the same volume. That's because a tank that is wider and longer will provide a larger water surface area. A larger water surface area helps promote oxygen exchange which is good for the fish in your tank.Cleaning your fish tank is not fun, but it is a necessary part of owning an aquarium. While there is no fish tank that can get you out of cleaning it, some types are easier to clean than others. Glass fish tanks are easier to clean than acrylic fish tanks for a couple of reasons. Standard razor blades can be used to scrape that super stuck on algae off the sides of the tank. Acrylic aquariums require a special scraper to accomplish the same thing. Also, as I said before, abrasive cleaning materials are not friendly to acrylic tanks. It all comes back to how easy the acrylic tanks are to scratch.Watch more How to Take Care of an Aquarium videos:
To clean dirty fish tank glass. Well, we have the glass inside the aquarium and outside the aquarium.
Let's start with outside the aquarium. You want to use something that's not going to be toxic to the fish. If you're going to use Windex or some kind of spray cleaner please don't spray it directly on the tank. Even the slightest bit of molecules will find their way into the aquarium and could potentially kill some of the bacteria and harm the fish. So spray it on a towel or paper towel ten to 12 feet away from the aquarium, and then bring it to the aquarium and clean the glass with that.
I prefer using just regular warm water. For glass, newspaper works really well. It'll take that film, that salty film, off the aquarium. I've used newspapers for years to clean glass. It'll leave your fingers a little bit black, but it does really, really well at cleaning glass.
I wouldn't use it on acrylic because it'll scratch the acrylic. If you have acrylic or plexiglass you want to use a very soft terry cloth towel and a cleaner that's made to be used for acrylic. You don't want to use anything that's ammonia based as it'll burn and stain the acrylic.
So, to clean the dirty aquarium glass, the outside like fingerprints and stuff, just use regular water on a paper towel or a household towel. That usually cleans the outside of the aquarium just fine.
If you have hard water stains, like if you have hard water from keeping African cichlids and the water has dribbled down the side of the tank and it leaves that white crystal stuff, you could just dissolve the hard minerals in water. Just take some really wet towels and try to pat the aquarium, and keep doing that until you dissolve some of those minerals. There are also hard water stain removers. They sell them at fish stores just for this purpose. They're called Lime Away.
And on the inside of the aquarium if it's dirty you want to clean it. It's probably algae. You want to use a regular algae brush either handheld or on a stick and just get right in there. Or, use a magnet one on the outside and one on the inside, an aquarium magnet, and clean the algae that way.
And that's really the only dirt that you should find in the aquarium. You're not going to find detritus or waste settling on a viewing panel. It's going to be algae, so don't be afraid of it. If you wake up one day and your tank has a nice brown film on it don't get scared. We get calls to the fish store and our service company, oh my God, the water's brown, what is this, is the tank sick. No. It's just normal algae that's growing, diatom algae. So you just want to get in there and clean it out and not be afraid of it.