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Old 12-19-2012, 03:43 PM   #1 
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What types of cloths are safe for cleaning?

For things like wiping down the inside of the aquarium walls and wiping down the inside of the hood. Please don't say algae scrubbers or scrapers because I want to use something soft. I am mostly wondering about common household materials, like a washcloth that has never been used for example. I want to use something re-usable.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:52 PM   #2 
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I'm thinking something like a baby washcloth would be okay. Something like this:
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...uctId=11873287
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:00 PM   #3 
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Are you talking about an empty tank when you say the inside? For the hoods I use a regular hand towel, for my 46g glass hood I use papertowels. For the inside walls of my tanks, my tanks are all glass, on the rare occasions I wipe them down I use the item you don't want me to mention . On the outside of all of my tanks I use a regular hand towel. If you are talking about using a cloth on the inside of a full or in use tank, I would be extra cautious that it has ONLY been washed in water no detergents or fabric softner, etc.
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Are you talking about an empty tank when you say the inside? For the hoods I use a regular hand towel, for my 46g glass hood I use papertowels. For the inside walls of my tanks, my tanks are all glass, on the rare occasions I wipe them down I use the item you don't want me to mention . On the outside of all of my tanks I use a regular hand towel. If you are talking about using a cloth on the inside of a full or in use tank, I would be extra cautious that it has ONLY been washed in water no detergents or fabric softner, etc.
No I mean a tank with water and a fish and everything in it... I was thinking about using a brand new baby washcloth and after rinsing it out with hot water a few times.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:12 PM   #5 
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Also, I would mostly just be using it to wipe down the underside my glass top on cleaning day to avoid a mold breakout and then just use it on the inside of the tank walls if algae shows up...with the fish and everything in there...

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Yes that sounds like it would work fine, you just need to make sure not to get any rock or sand bits in the cloth and then scrub, or you'll get scratches.
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Yes that sounds like it would work fine, you just need to make sure not to get any rock or sand bits in the cloth and then scrub, or you'll get scratches.
Okay thank you :)
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You can use anything really, so long as it hasn't been used. Most everything in this regard is cotton.

If the tank is acrylic you have to be far more careful about scratches, and I would use something with a very high thread count on that.
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You can use anything really, so long as it hasn't been used. Most everything in this regard is cotton.

If the tank is acrylic you have to be far more careful about scratches, and I would use something with a very high thread count on that.
So you are saying anything that's new and cotton is safe? What if there is polyester in it too?
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So you are saying anything that's new and cotton is safe? What if there is polyester in it too?
That's fine too. It really doesn't mater ;)

Not like any fabric is going to have toxic chemicals on it or something.

Just rinse it out a little the first time to be safe and peace of mind.
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