DIY algae scraper

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  1. skennelly

    skennelly Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I wanted to share with everyone a DIY algae scraper that I came up with. It's great for getting that stubborn coraline algae off the glass. And its cheap if you already have some extra pvc pipe laying around and a razer blade.

    I used 1/2" pvc pipe that I had extra of.

    1. Cut the pvc pipe to the length that you will need the scraper to be. I chose 27" since my 90 gallon is 24" high and so my hand will not get wet.

    2. At the very end of the pvc pipe about half an inch from the end, take a hack saw and carefully cut a 45 degree angle groove about half way into the pipe.

    3. Take an ordinary razer blade and insert it into the groove that you just cut. The groove is the width of a hach saw blade so it will securily hold the razor blade.

    There you have it, a cheap and effective way of making an algae scraper.

    I will have pictures of it soon, my camera is acting up.

    :beer:
    Sean
     
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  3. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Cool Idea!!!

    Sure beats the $30.00 they want at the LFS

    Thanks
    Jason
     
  4. Blade_Runner

    Blade_Runner Gigas Clam

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    Make sure everyone knows not to use the razor blade on Acrylic. I suppose an old credit card would be a good substitute.
     
  5. skennelly

    skennelly Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Good point.....this is strictly for a glass aquarium.

    In fact I have a picture of the scraper that I was supposed to post last week.

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  6. Rougie

    Rougie Plankton

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    What a great idea! I have some pvc left over from a 55 I am setting up. Thanks for the idea! :)
     
  7. rickzter

    rickzter Torch Coral

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    Wow, good idea. I actually have left over pvc and I have a feeling this will come in handy in the next couple of months, I'm already starting to see sprinkles of corraline on the glass.
     
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  9. Jay

    Jay Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    Cool idea. Doubles as a back scratcher for those tough spots that you just cant reach. Just joking. Great idea...I bet you could ebay that sucker for some coral money :)

    Jay
     
  10. Diver_1298

    Diver_1298 Eyelash Blennie

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    Jay,
    I think it would better to shave your back, rather than scratch it.
    Don't forget to pay the royalty fees to Sean of course :)

    Jim
     
  11. Trickman2

    Trickman2 Bristle Worm

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    Nice trick now if I only had a glass aquarium
     
  12. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Trying this tonight.