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Discussion in 'Resources' started by gimmito, Jul 28, 2013.
Loving my new Mighty Magnet w/coraline buster pad!
Hi - Sorry to hijack this thread but is it alright to use the plastic Kent scrapper blades on glass? I tried using the metal one designed for glass but would get a screeching sound. I would stop thinking I'm scratching the glass. Or is there a certain way I need to run the blade across the glass? Thanks.
Plastic is fine...razor blades are better though.
Very rare that the plastic ones can't get something off of glass ime.
U will live this scraper. Really! World and difference and even the wife can do it.
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Can you put a plastic blade in, for acrylic tanks?
Thanks for the replies guys. But will also look in to this easy scrapper.
Rygh - The ad said fo glass only.
I bought an EZ Scraper yesterday based on the comments in this thread... will be here tomorrow. Excited to give it a try.
Tenny - Did you go thru BRS? Where the shipping fees for it okay? Thanks.
Actually went through Marine Depot, although it's listed as "Easy Blade" but I am pretty sure (at least hoping) it's the same thing.
Was hoping they'd have it on drfostersandsmith so I could do the $49 free shipping, but alas that didn't happen. I purchased enough stuff to make it worth buying though.
FYI, this is the cleaning tool of choice at the Steinhart on their tanks which are acrylic, they it at a case at a time. If it won't scratch acrylic Kara won't need to worry about her Starphire glass... well unless you get sand against it but then the same issues could happen with acrylic.
Also I found the outer material of the dobbie sponges makes for a really nice mesh-modification for skimmer pumps... well nice in that it makes foamy beer like air, not so nice in that it's extremely difficult to get pumps started.
Also glass is harder than the metal in a razor blade, translation you can not scratch glass with the metal. However it is possible to gouge it if you press hard enough into the glass. But if you're holding the razor blade perpendicular to the direction you're scraping you'll be fine.
The one thing I miss about my glass tank is taking a razor blade to it and weeks of crud vanish in seconds, and once the water column is clear of what I scraped off the glass looks practically invisible.
What we really need is Acrylic tanks with the new fancy amorphous diamond coatings, that can
give plastic nearly the hardness of glass.
Or for the really lazy and wasteful, the same sort of plastic screen protector you put on your phone.
Just swap it out every week instead of cleaning.
I'm old school, haven't seen a great benefit for scrapers except to use them as an extension for my Mr. Clean Magic Pads. The Cal Academy uses these things like they are going out of style and it is by far the best and cheapest solution for cleaning both calcareous and non-calcareous algae from the glass.
Use a kent scraper or similar, wrap the magic pad around the blade with a rubber band and its 10x more useful!
They are very inexpensive, disposable and fairly durable. The only downside is that sharp edges or lots of friction can abrade the pad into small pieces. Not that big of a deal as they float! The original ones are reef safe.
I love my flipper magnetic cleaner, strong magnets with attached blade or ABS blade for acrylic. I rarely have it float away unless I jerk in a fast motion. Beats the mag float any day all day. Check out the video in the link.
50' of 1" to drain
30' of 3/4" on mag 18 to fill