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Magnetic Algae Scrapers

8 years 2 weeks ago #31725 by MbunaRob
Replied by MbunaRob on topic Magnetic Algae Scrapers
My take away appears to be to stick with the brushes and elbow grease. Consensus appears to be to save your money instead of the magnetic systems, jury is still out on the Nerite Snails, and to brush it away yourself for the cleanest glass. Thanks for all the input.

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8 years 2 weeks ago #31721 by BCParker
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ScubaDiver wrote: I recently tried the metal edged scrapers and they work much better than the magnetic pads.

That being said I have heard raving reports of Nerite Snails (they can only reproduce in saltwater). Apparently they are also very challenging for even larger cichlids to lift off the glass.

Again no personal experiences with them yet but they are on the try soon category.


I've had Nerites.

They do eat algae better than any other snail I've seen.

But they stink compared to a metal scraper or razor blade.

Same problem as plecos- they eat what they want. Unless you starve them they won't bother with the algae you want gone. They eat the tastiest bits and leave the rest all streaky.

If you want crystal clear glass you'll have to do it manually.

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8 years 2 weeks ago #31720 by Kegger22
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mikeg2929 wrote: magnetic pleco?



LOL!

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8 years 2 weeks ago #31719 by mikeg2929
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magnetic pleco?

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8 years 2 weeks ago #31712 by BCParker
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I've tried several magnetic algae removers. They didn't work very well.

Now I just use a razor blade very carefully. Haven't scratched a tank yet. (glass tanks)

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8 years 2 weeks ago #31710 by scubadiver
Replied by scubadiver on topic Magnetic Algae Scrapers
I recently tried the metal edged scrapers and they work much better than the magnetic pads.

That being said I have heard raving reports of Nerite Snails (they can only reproduce in saltwater). Apparently they are also very challenging for even larger cichlids to lift off the glass.

Again no personal experiences with them yet but they are on the try soon category.

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8 years 2 weeks ago - 8 years 2 weeks ago #31707 by MbunaRob
Could anyone speak of the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of magnetic algae scrapers? Are there any brands and/or specific products in this category that you would recommend? Are the magnetic systems any easier than brushes? Could they damage your tank? Will I need multiple sized magnet systems for the different sized tanks? A good cost value product never hurts either.

I have many tanks that will get at least some partial day sun and I let the algae continue to grow on most surfaces in the tank to supplement grazing between meals as many of my fish are African herbivores. I'm looking for a good solution to clean at least the front and sides of the inside glass of my aquariums of brown and green algae. My tanks are all glass from 5g to 75g with glass from 3/16" to 1/4" thick. I currently use toothbrushes, tube cleaners, and a large back scratcher with an algae pad.
Last edit: 8 years 2 weeks ago by MbunaRob. Reason: further clarify question

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