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I got a 75 gallon tank for my water dragon. I got a water softener recently but before that he splashed around in his water tray and got lime stains all over the glass. Is there any way to get that out without using something harmful to him??????

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Razor blade and water..........have fun depending on how big of an area it is. For larger areas get one of those wallpaper scraper things that have like a 3 inch blade on it. A lot of those chemicals pet shops sell don't even work.

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If you have a Temporary home for him use clorox... I know what you are thinking but Clorox evaporates so after cleaning rinse really good and let it air dry for a full day and voila, disinfected clean area.

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If you have a Temporary home for him use clorox... I know what you are thinking but Clorox evaporates so after cleaning rinse really good and let it air dry for a full day and voila, disinfected clean area.

I don't believe clorox will take out the hard water stains though. I'll have to try the razor blade thing and I've heard bottled water works better than tap.

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Soda will also take care of the water stains. The problem with the razor blad is that you can scratch the glass so use with caution... even a plastic scraping tool can scratch.

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I have 120gal, 90gal, 55gal fresh & saltwater tanks.
I use vinegar.
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Does vingar harm them? I clean empty fish tanks with a very mild vingar & water solutions. I've also seen spray bottle of green colored glass cleaner at petsmart marketed for use with reptiles.

Don't you break down the tank a clean it every month or couple of months? Honeslty if it was me I would just wait for that.

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Does vingar harm them? I clean empty fish tanks with a very mild vingar & water solutions. I've also seen spray bottle of green colored glass cleaner at petsmart marketed for use with reptiles.

Don't you break down the tank a clean it every month or couple of months? Honeslty if it was me I would just wait for that.

I usually wash them down with dishwasher soap every once in a while.......it doesn't take out the hard water stains.

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I have 120gal, 90gal, 55gal fresh & saltwater tanks.
I use vinegar.
that's what I've heard.

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I thought WaterDragons were pretty durable. Why not a little Windex wiht him out of the tank, followed by a distilled water wipe down?

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Put him somewhere else, and Use some CLR, that shit works great on hard water stains. Just make sure you rinse the tank very well when your done.




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Vinegar would be your best bet. IT dissolves in water and won;t leave a residue. Just rinse it really godo andyou won;t have a problem. At worst, if you leave a little i nthe tank...you will juse lower the PH (acidic) sicne Vinegar is just Acetic Acid which should dissolve calcium.... works good for humidifier filters.

If your not sure, get a PH test kit. If it's lower than 6.5 or 6 ... jsut buy some stuff to raise the PH until it's within 6.5-7.5. which is neutral.
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Also try PM'ing Doc. He's a HS Biology teacher and had his share of reptiles and should know what to do.
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I don't believe clorox will take out the hard water stains though. I'll have to try the razor blade thing and I've heard bottled water works better than tap.
It rpobably won't... bleach is a base I believe and would kill most of the natural bacteria an aquarum needs to de-toxify the water what the fish shits and pisses in it.
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It rpobably won't... bleach is a base I believe and would kill most of the natural bacteria an aquarum needs to de-toxify the water what the fish shits and pisses in it.
We are talking about a reptile here... not a regular aquarium for fish cleaning... BUT, clorox should be done to clean bacteria when taking an aquarium down or putting a new one up... there are tons of different types of bacteria, some of it will affect other fish... reason why you cannot keep Angles and Discus.

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