Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dirty Tank? Clean It up!

Many people keep their small animals in aquariums with screen lids. These work as excellent habitats, but can be a bit expensive. In order to save money, you could conciser buying a used one or using one you had laying around. But what? It's dirty? Well clean it!

Does the tank have a white chalky or powdery substance on it? That' a calcium mineral deposit caused when hard water evaporates. The minerals are left behind and cling to the walls of the tank leaving a big ugly mess.

So let me guess. You tried every cleaning solution known to man and none of them worked? Thinking of giving up? Well try one more thing! I promise it will work!

What you'll need:
*White vinegar
*Spray bottle
*Scouring pad

How to make the solution:
Mix 2 cups water with 1 cup white vinegar. Pour solution into spray bottle

What to do:
Spray the tank with the solution you just mixed. Using the scouring pad, scrub the entire tank down until there is no more white mineral build up anywhere. Once the entire tank has been scrubbed, rinse thoroughly with clean water. Repeat for any missed areas.

I recently used this solution to clean a tank and it worked very well. My friend and across the hall neighbor is adopting a pygmy hedgehog and had tank that was left outside and covered in mineral buildup. It was a wreck. We mixed the simple solution and scrubbed until our arms felt like they were going to fall off! We rinsed it off in her sink and spilled water everywhere....But now the tank looks like new!

I hope this helps!

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