How to Clean Bow-Front Aquarium Glass

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How to Clean Bow-Front Aquarium Glass
Clean your aquarium carefully. (Eric Gregory Powell/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A bow-front aquarium can be the centrepiece of any room where it is placed, but only if it is properly cleaned. As with any aquarium, the glass on a bow-front will accumulate dust and dirt, and that debris will leave the tank looking murky. Since the aquarium is a closed environment containing sensitive fish, you cannot simply use normal glass cleaner. Instead, you need to use special cleaner and make sure the entire glass surface is cleaned.

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Things you need

  • Aquarium-safe glass cleaner
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Soft cloth
  • Cotton swabs

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  1. 1

    Spray the entire front of the bow-front with an aquarium-safe glass cleaner. You can purchase it at a pet store or aquarium centre.

  2. 2

    Wipe the glass cleaner off the tank with a soft cloth. Wipe in a straight line and avoid circular motions.

  3. 3

    Dip cotton swabs in the aquarium-safe glass cleaner and use them to clean the corners. Wipe the excess away with a soft cloth. Use hot water with iodised salt mixed in to give the glass an extra cleaning. You can also use hot water to clean the inside of the bowfront tank when you do your water changes. Just dip a paper towel or cloth in hot water and use it to clean up any accumulated algae and debris.

  4. 4

    Remove the aquarium hood and clean it with a soft cloth dipped in vinegar. Vinegar is the perfect choice for cleaning aquarium hoods, which can be difficult to clean with normal glass cleaner. You can also use vinegar or lemon juice to clean the areas around the bulbs in the aquarium hood.

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