Magnets or Scrapers?

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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-07 10:56

Personally, I chose magnets.
Having used both, I've found the razor to be less effective, and more risky.
Twice I've had blades snap shards off, once when I caught it on a rock, the other when I accidently twisted it in a corner trying to reach a fiddly bit.
That and my animals are nosey and get too close, trying to have a look.

Magnets on the other hand, I've had a lot of success with - my tanks positivel sparkle. The only thing I'd warn about is risk of getting a sharp bit of substrate trapped between one and the glass - it may scratch it.

So - what do you guys think - and why?
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-02-07 13:27

I use (on the rare occasion that I need to) magnets as I really don't ever fancy getting my hands wet! and most of my tanks are in niches of some description so it would be rather hard to reach everything with a scraper. On the other hand most of my tanks are small, so it can be a bit of a pain to use the floating magnets, so I rely on the thinner (and cheaper) ones.

As for getting scratches, all my tanks are glass so I don't have to worry as much as some people!
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Postby saracen » 2007-02-07 13:51

Hmm.... depends on the circumstances....

I do use the magnets, but sometimes they are too wide to fit between the decore and the glass. Also, with sand, there is a big probability of me ending up with sand in between and big ugly scratches....

I have never used a razor blade, I'm just too clumsy, and would probably end up losing my own fingers....

I do use a plastic credit card type scraper though. Another website was giving them out free, and I got a load. They are quite handy for the bits down by the sand and near the rocks.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-07 19:52

Some good points raised!
I used an old card one time, when I'd misplaced my scraper.
I worry with razors, because Spyyk sniffs everything, and he stuck his nose under it once. I moved away, but not before he got a teeny scratch.
That's when I got a magnet.
And the difference is incredible - it scrubs nicely, and polishes nicely too...
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-02-07 21:52

pfft i use nither, most of my tank are crowded with snails or alge eating fish, when i need a tank to look spangly i use a sponge or my fingers ( dw im not a nail biter)
but when its cold i use a razor less scraper, work just as well.......
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Postby smiley » 2007-02-07 21:59

i just use a scouwering(sp? god im bad at spelling) pad
one of those that doesnt have soap or anything all ready in it.
i go over the glass every water change, and that works well enough for me
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-02-07 22:09

what kind do you use, the metal ones or the 'non scratch' ones?....before i sound wierd we still wash dishes by hand.
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Postby gm333 » 2007-02-08 00:56

I use a magnet witht a scraper attatched. Takes off coralline algae in one pass, plus when i dont need it on i remove the blade to keep from rusting.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-08 09:32

That's a good idea! Where do you get those from then?
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Postby gm333 » 2007-02-08 13:20

They are attatchments that you superglue to the magnet scrapers. Here is a link for one. <a href='http://www.marinedepot.com/md_viewItem.asp?idproduct=AF1311' target='_blank'>http://www.marinedepot.com/md_viewItem.asp?idproduct=AF1311</a>
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-02-08 14:02

they sound very handy
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Postby el'TJ » 2007-02-09 23:28

i like magnets but in my main tank where the glass is 10mm thick the magnetic types dont really work, i have a system with interchangeable heads that works well, it has razor and scouring pad type heads. also this type of cleaning device is essential for me as this particular tank is inaccessable from rear and both l & r sides
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Postby Perfectblue » 2007-02-10 02:25

I use magnets for my tanks. They do a great job at removing algae, takes very little time to clean all sides, and are reasonably priced. Sand can get trapped in the magnet which could scratch the glass. However one way to prevent this from happening is to not use the magnet near the sandbed. Instead use a different type of algae scraper for areas near the sandbed.
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Postby mollyfry » 2007-02-12 15:34

I use mangets, I find them to be alot easier as the boys like to help me do that bit, we thought about getting a scraper, but we couldnt find any that looked suitable so we opted for the magnet, im glad we did now though as its gives a good clean and shine all at eh same time lol......
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-02-13 13:54

one of my best pro's with magnet is the fact they do both sides and a bit of damp ktchen roll on teh outside one works a treat :D
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