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Rain-X

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by VaughnH, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. VaughnH

    VaughnH Lifetime Charter Member
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    If we were to apply Rain-X, Rain-X Original Glass Treatment—The Invisible Windshield Wiper, to the inside surfaces of our aquariums before adding the water, would that be an effective repellent to GDA and GSA? Rain-X is a siloxane containing material, and some siloxanes are used as food additives, so it might not affect the tank life forms. But, would it prevent algae from getting a good grip on the glass?:eek: Hey, I'm serious here, so stop laughing!
     
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    Hoppy, I was scrubbing GDA about an hour ago and wondering the same thing, though rainX had not crossed my mind, I figure it won't be long before someone is selling a glass treatment that repels GDA.
     
  3. VaughnH

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    That would sell more gallons than even Excel! Even if it were only effective against hard algae, like green spot algae, it would be a great product.
     
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    I would fathom a guess that RainX mainly fills in the microscopic pits in the glass caused from daily driving and make a new smooth surface. The product must breakdown for it to have been on the market for years. What would it do then in our tank water?
     
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    If you sniff enough Rain-X. you will not see the algae.

    You are not going to find many surface treatments to prevent algae.
    Large wter changes make cleaning much easier.

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    Tom Barr
     
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    Nerite snails are my Rain-X ... they don't prevent, but they do remove. I have 3 tanks and 12 - 16 nerites. I am constantly moving them around, always to a tank that is accumulating spots of GDA. I put the snails right on the GDA area, they attach and start scraping immediately. All GDA is typically gone in a day or two. Then, on to the next tank. :) Unfortunately, I really don't have enough GDA to keep my nerites fed and a few of them have starved recently.
     
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    I noticed my GSA increased after I got rid of my Otos. I was worried the new sids would eat them. I will try them again soon.


     
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