How to Prevent Hard Water Stains and Build-Up in Your Aquarium: 11 Top Tips
Hard water stains are an unsightly problem, but they can be avoided. Hard water is water that contains high amounts of minerals. Hard water causes scale to form on your aquarium’s glass walls and tanks. If left untreated, hard water stains can spread throughout the aquarium until it looks very unattractive. The following are some tips on how to prevent hard water stains in your aquarium.
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What Are Hard Water Stains?
Hard water stains are unsightly discoloration or growth of scale on the glass in your aquarium. Hard water contains an abundance of minerals that build to form scales in spots. It can make it look dusty and dirty when you initially set up your tank, but scrubbing them off will prevent them from spreading to reach other areas around the tank/decorations that are made with silicon-based materials such as plastic beads for hanging plants ornaments.
They are more visible in aquariums with glass walls, but they can also occur on the bare metal surfaces. However, hard water stains aren’t permanent so you don’t have to remove them permanently when there is no damage caused by overgrown scales. To prevent it at all costs is better than spending time and money zeroing out your mineral deposits once they grow everywhere because you failed to properly maintain your aquarium’s restoration solution or mistake using tap water instead of distilled water.
What Causes Hard Water Stains in Aquariums?
Hard water is water that contains a high amount of calcium and magnesium. They are naturally occurring, but they can build up after long periods of keeping your aquarium in hard tap (distilled) water for two to three days before moving tank into hard tapwater. The reason why it’s more visible on glass walls since the minerals accumulate there instead of within the aquarium itself is because their buildup allows easy entry to light or other energy sources that come into contact with the aquarium.
Hard water also has an added benefit of damaging or lowering your tank’s filter media, bringing harm to mechanical and chemical filters. Even though hard water is not high-risk for biological equipment, you still should make sure that it doesn’t enter the filtering system if you use them because they absorb pollutants directly from tapwater as well as do other environmental damage to keep freshwater fish alive!
How to Prevent Hard Water Stains In Aquarium?
There are many different ways to prevent hard water stains in an aquarium. Some methods include using a de-ionizing water filter, boiling the water, or adding marine salt. I personally use an under gravel filter that has a pre-filter as well as the main filtration system.
It’s a very simple system as I do not need to use my neutralizing tablets for it. If you don’t want tap water in your tank, de-ionization filter is one of the most recommended ways to make sure no hard water will ever come into contact with anything inside your aquarium or surroundings.
How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Aquarium?
The main thing you need to do about hard water stains in your tank is rubbing them out. Generally, if wax buildup has taken place due to tap-water hardness via chlorine or chloramine, it’s best not over work yourself by scrubbing off the stain with excessive force because this will most likely cause damage on more areas of your aquarium glass walls.
Some people have found that using a regular toothbrush works well for removing these stains. Another option is to blast with a small, low-power hose such as the one that is attached for cleaning your pool walls and this will help remove hard water stains from aquarium glass surprisingly well although it would take significantly longer than if you were using an aquarium brush. Another thing you can try doing in order to reduce or remove hard water stains on your tank’s glass is by feeding less junk food and more high quality foods so they will grow and flourish fast in your aquarium.
Can I use baking soda for this purpose?
No, you cannot use baking soda for this purpose. Baking soda is only used in cooking and has a different chemical composition than sodium bicarbonate.