Aquariums are attractive decorative pieces, no matter where you keep them. Keeping an aquarium is a pleasant hobby and it’s more than fun to watch the lively inhabitants move about. For this fun to prevail and the beauty to continue it is very essential that the glass of the aquarium should be sparkling clean. But what are the best ways to clean the aquarium glass? It’s a job that requires care and patience to ensure the glass is free of algae spores but is not scratched in the process. Special care is even more important in acrylic aquariums.
If the glass walls are dirty and spotted the fish will not be clearly visible and the entire objective of keeping the aquarium will be lost. Therefore the glass walls need to be cleaned regularly from inside and outside.
Cleaning the glass walls from outside is quite easy. The outer surface will also have some synthetic bands and hard water accumulations that will require thorough cleansing. The glass can be wiped clean with a soft towel rinsed in warm water. The hard accumulations should be allowed to soften and then wiped with a wet towel. The synthetic portions will require some specific cleansing solution. Using domestic glass cleaning sprays should not be used as these can enter the tank and harm the fish.
You can use one of the three methods for cleaning the glass wall from inside:
- You can use sponge and clean the inside wall manually. Take care to be gentle as not to terrify the fish with too much hand movement.
- A better way is to use a magnetic glass wall cleaner. This cleaner has two magnetic attachments, one with a cleaning pad. Place the padded part inside the tank with the pad touching the glass. Place the other magnetic part on the outside of the tank such that it holds the padded part. Gently slide the outside magnet all over the glass wall.
- Use an algae scraper with attachments to scrape the inside walls clean.