View Full Version : best algae removal for an acrylic tank?

jimi thing
05/06/2009, 05:34 PM
What's the best and safest way to remove dried algae from an acrylic tank?

My sister-in-law has an acrylic 180 that she needs help cleaning. The thing has some pretty thick algae all over it and it's been sitting dry for about a week.

I tried some white vinegar and water and scrubbed with an acrylic safe aquarium scrubber and it didn't really do much good.

Anyone have any tips that might make this job a lot easier?

05/06/2009, 06:54 PM
Try novus scratch remover with a polishing wheel. It worked for me.

05/06/2009, 07:26 PM
If the tank is full, Magic Eraser works well. If empty, a mixture of water and vinegar at 50:50

Dakota Reef
05/06/2009, 08:09 PM
Do you mean Magic Eraser the Mr. Clean sponge product? Does it work on coralline?

05/06/2009, 08:56 PM
I read a thread about the magic eraser....it said it did wonders on acrylic.

Bamm Bamm
05/06/2009, 09:08 PM
put down a big thick towel lay the tank on its face and pour some vinegar in there 100" or mixed it doesn matter.. and use a old credit card to scrap the acrylic off works well thats what I did on my 180 when I bought it

jimi thing
05/06/2009, 09:13 PM
Thanks for the help guys! Dan, This stuff is on there pretty good, are you sure that vinegar alone will do the trick?

05/06/2009, 09:36 PM
Hot water works the best to soften it, then it can be scraped off with a plastic scraper.

05/06/2009, 09:37 PM
Just make sure the tank is not cold before adding hot water....just in case.;)