Hard Water Stains

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Postby man-alive » 2007-11-11 21:52

Please Please Please I need some help, i have one of the most annoying water stains that i need to be gone. Is there a way to remove it without hurting the tank (their is no fish in the tank)Please Please Please! :mad:
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-11-11 22:24

Two things I would try:

- If the stain is not in water, take some cotton wool, pour some vinegar on it and scrub like there is no tomorrow.
- If the stain is under water, do as above, but part drain the tank first.

Vinegar is not a strong acid and there is no reason why small amounts of it should hurt plants or fish, especially if you do a water change afterwards ;)
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-11-12 19:53

White vinegar is the one I use. Also good for removing sticky label marks. Smells strong, so open a window, but works lovely. A little bit of salt acts as a gentle abrasive when you put it on a cloth.
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-11-12 20:53

I think salt is an alkaline and would, if I am correct, decrease the acidity of vinegar, thus making it less effective at dissolving the stains.
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Postby man-alive » 2007-11-12 23:38

Thank you both will try both (kittys first just in case she is right, don't want to mess up the acid do?) again-thankyou! We'll reply to show if it works might even take a picture (don't hold me to that)
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Postby man-alive » 2007-11-13 19:39

Triedsome of the vinegar (not the strong stuff) and it helped get some of it off, well made it weaker (the stains i mean) gonna trie the stronger stuff.

Ps. have pictures on cam just have to get them onto the computer (don't know where the cord went)
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-11-13 20:16

Glad to hear that it's working! A note for future: it's easier to keep lime scale at bay if you clean it off regularly :wl:
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Postby man-alive » 2007-11-14 00:49

Yeah shame on me :unsure: Without fish in the tank i didn't take the water level seriously, when the water leverl dropped the filter spashed water onto the tank walls then dripped down leaving the stain behind.

Ps. Yeah i did have water with no fish in it, I was planning on getting the fish but never got around to it, but no is the time and i'm paying for my stupidity. :mad:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-11-15 18:54

*laughing* Sorry, should have said. Use the salt scrub FIRST, then rinse, THEN use the vinegar. Weakens the lime yet further, because the salt makes microscopic (and not so) scratches in the surface of the soft mineral, allowing the vinegar to do it's job better. :)
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Re: Hard Water Stains

Postby absoluteherb » 2008-08-22 11:21

how hard is the stain and which chemical are you using to remove the stain? all depent on that.
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Re: Hard Water Stains

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