Ashburn’s frugal 90g

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by ashburn2k, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    Just got back from a 3 weeks absent and the tank was on autopilot, I was so scared to find out what is going to happen to my tank once I’m back. Much to my surprise that everything is alive and growing too.


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  2. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    Nice! Very handy work!
     
  3. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    So I had to leave the country last minute and did tank upgrade in a rush. there's one thing I regretted not to do, is vinegar wash my tank, now there's this foggy look of my tank even blade can't remove those calcium deposit on the glass. anyone have idea how I can clean those off with livestock in it? or I really have the empty the water again and wipe the front glass down with vinegar until it becomes clear and load the water up ?
     
  4. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Welcome back! Glad your tank survived. Just found this thread, and really glad it's earthquake weather proof.

    No idea about the calcium build up. I'm not even sure I know what that looks like. I've never had that issue before in my tanks.
     
  5. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    I upgraded with a used 90g from another member and I didn't inspect it enough to see the fogginess, I thought it might be cloudy water and will clear up later.
     
  6. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Seems you had a precipitation issue. A blade will take care of that, lots of elbow grease. get a pack of new blades and switch to new one often enough so you don't scratch the glass, just be careful with the silicone seals.
     
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  7. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    +1 razor blade! or Flipper if you don't want to get wet! :)
     
  8. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    I keep hearing about the flipper things. Must be new? When I last had a tank it was those really crappy mag floats, and then I ended up just using a kent scraper with metal blade. Still didn't get wet, and it worked. Only problem was trying to not constantly bump into the light fixture.
     
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  9. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    i have a flipper but not the one with metal blade :/ and I've tried to clean the glass using blade, the glass is still looking foggy, I've even tried to use fine sand paper. no luck removing this stuff.
     
  10. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    LOL that's so funny that you mention. I have the crappy mag floats as well, they are great for picking up sand and scratching up the tank! but Coralline Algae scoffs at mag floats HA! I got a kent Pro Scraper to get clean the tank walls now! It was only 12 bucks!
     
  11. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Years back we had a speaker, can't remember his name. One of the things he mentioned is to keep cleaning magnets out of the tank, most of us keep (in my case kept) the cleaning magnets inside the tank; his reason is that small things, calcareous little things eventually build up inside the cleaning pad of the magnet and although we don't see or notice, those tiny things scratch the glass or worse, acrylic...
    Flipper magnets seem to be popular and the best part, affordable compared to brands already being sold. I like the Mag Floats, the square ones, I even have one with the surgical blade attachment to clean glass.
     
  12. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Ugh, that is really weird. Is vinegar the only hope? Maybe better now than later...

    Haha yes exactly. I still have my old pro scraper and extra new blades from years ago.

    Really good idea to not keep them in the tank. All my tank scratches were due to the mag float.
     
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  13. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

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    Hey @mr ugly remember this little frag you gave me? It’s growing a lot for the last few weeks.


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  14. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    gorgeous!!!
     
  15. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    Tank update as of today

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    As you can see the glass is still foggy. Guess I need to do a vinegar wipe soon.

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    Frag tank on the other hand is doing amazing, gha/Dino are all gone, thinking about putting back black crate again.


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  16. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

  17. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    Getting too much salt exposure to the lights, I improvised the light rack by adding a glass layer.

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  18. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Cool. Just keep it clean or it will block a good amount of light
     
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  19. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Even clean starfire glass blocks quite a lot of light.


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  20. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

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