The whitish build-up sometimes seen on aquarium equipment is usually either a hard-water or salt deposit caused by evaporating water. This build-up is easily removed using white vinegar and gentle abrasion with a sponge or scrub pad. Vinegar is not toxic in small amounts, but care should be taken to rinse any equipment after cleaning and glass surfaces should be wiped with a clean dry cloth or paper towel.
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- What is the nitrogen cycle?
- How do I safely clean a glass aquarium before setting it up?
- Should I rinse the gravel before adding it to the aquarium?
- I see a hard, whitish build-up on the glass and equipment. What is it and how do I remove it?
- When can I add fish to my new aquarium?
- What types of fish should I add to my aquarium?
- My water is cloudy. How can I clear the water?
- My water is green!?
- My water has a very bad smell to it. How can I eliminate the smell?
- Why should I test the water in my aquarium?