Algae roasting on an open fire

atrixnet

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Hey, anyone ever done this?

Toss ice and dechlorinator in the aquarium and apply a blow torch to the outer surface of the aquarium where algae is growing on the inner surface-- i.e.-"cooking" it?

Just for grins I tried it tonight on a small isolated spot of gda. Not enough heat to necessitae ice as the target area was small and the exposure to the flame was minimal. Tomorrow I'll find out what, if anything happens in the way of killing (or not) the unwelcome glass-squatting gda. I can't see how any living thing could be exposed to such extreme heat and survive.

It's tempered glass so I'm not worried about it cracking... But maybe I should be.

I really am curious if anyone else out there has done/is doing this. I mean, it sounds like the perfect redneck joke: "You might be a redneck if you kill algae on your fish tank glass with a blow torch."
 

atrixnet

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BTW: I don't think I'll ever do it again. The thought of 75 gallons of water and some prized livestock on the floor just seems like too big a risk. Anyone know what happens if you try de-icing your wind shield with boiling water? Bad, very bad idea. Hee, hee.

I still want to know if anyone's ever heard of or used such sophisticated methodology for the removal of algae on aquarium glass.

Ha! It just tickles my funny bone. Haha!
 

Tom Barr

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I hope you live long enough to learn not to do such things:)
Magnet scrubbers and hand tools work fine.

You can do larger water changes and hit 50-70% of it easily with any sort of concotion.
I just use a scrub pad.

Regards,
Tom Barr