Aquarium Maintenance Magnetic Algae Scraper: Aqueon Algae Cleaning Magnet
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Aqueon Algae Cleaning Magnet

Aqueon Algae Cleaning Magnet
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Overview
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Magnetic algae scraper with clever features ease aquarium care
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Weighted algae magnet won't float away if separated in aquarium
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Interchangeable cleaning pads for use with acrylic or glass aquariums

Hobby essential with updated features streamlines aquarium maintenance. Aqueon Algae Cleaning Magnet makes it more convenient to maintain a clean, clear view of your aquarium. Powerful magnets boost contact strength to provide the muscle to effectively remove algae. Ergonomic handle allows a firm grip and greater maneuverability when scrubbing aquarium algae.

Aqueon Algae Cleaning Magnet is designed with a weighted, balanced foot. This innovative feature keeps retrieval simple if the halves get separated during aquarium maintenance. The weighted scrubber falls straight down and rests on the gravel (facing the glass) and will not float away! Interchangeable, snap-on pads (one made for acrylic, one for glass) eliminate the need to purchase separate tools so you keep all of your aquariums clear of algae with the same tool.

Aqueon Algae Cleaning Magnet includes: Two magnetic halves, one snap-on acrylic cleaning pad (Blue), and one snap-on glass cleaning pad (Black).

Easy-to-install Replacement Pads for Aqueon Algae Cleaning Magnet available. Replace the pads every three months for best algae cleaning results. Please specify Glass cleaning pad (Black) or Acrylic cleaning pad (Blue).

Size
Dimensions
Maximum
Aquarium
Thickness
Tank
Size
Small
3" x 1-3/8" x 2-1/4"
1/4"
20 gallons
Medium
4-1/4" x 1-1/2" x 2-1/4"
3/8"
125 gallons
Large
5" x 1-7/8" x 2-3/4"
3/4"
300 gallons

Downloadable Aqueon Algae Cleaning Magnet Instruction PDF.
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Please click on "More Information" for instructions and maintenance.

More Info
How to use the Algae Cleaning Magnet
The Aqueon Algae Cleaning Magnetic includes two different pads for different applications: The Acrylic Cleaning Pad (blue) is for use with acrylic aquariums and features a softer pad for greater scratch prevention. The Glass Cleaning Pad (black) is for use with regular glass aquariums. WARNING: Do NOT use glass cleaning pad on acrylic or plastic aquarium surfaces.

Step 1
Choose which cleaning pad is appropriate for your aquarium and clip it to the inside facing panel of the cleaning magnet.

Step 2
Place the cleaning magnet in the aquarium and hold it against the aquarium wall. Hold the outside magnetic handle and place against the outside wall of the aquarium a few inches to the side of the cleaning magnet. Slowly slide the outside magnetic handle towards the cleaning magnet. The two should attract and attach firmly to the aquarium. NOTE: If the two magnets do not hold firm, even when lined up properly, the glass wall may be too thick for the size of the magnet. A larger-sized scraper may be necessary.

Step 3
To grip properly, hold the outside magnet in your hand with the string loop facing your wrist. Your thumb should rest in the groove on the top or left side of the magnet, and your fingertips will be in the bottom or right side of the magnet.

Step 4
Slide the magnet across the aquarium smoothly to remove algae. Move both horizontally and vertically during cleaning. Be careful while cleaning near the bottom of the aquarium, as gravel and sand can become trapped between the cleaning pad and the aquarium wall, potentially causing scratching. For best results, clean only within 1/2" of the substrate with the Algae Cleaning Magnet. Use a scraper to clean closer to the substrate. NOTE: If cleaning pad comes in contact with substrate, replace to avoid potential scratching.

Step 5
Moving the magnet too quickly, going around corners and contact with objects inside the aquarium can cause the inside and outside magnets to separate. To reconnect the magnets, hold the outside magnet close to the aquarium wall near the inside magnet. If the inside magnet has fallen too far from the aquarium wall or is being blocked by an object, tie a string or fishing line (not included) to the outside magnet and drop in the aquarium while holding the line. The magnets should reconnect when close. Reattach following Step 2.

Maintenance
With regular use, the pads on the magnetic cleaner will become worn down and will not clean effectively. Replace the pads every 3 months with Aqueon replacement cleaning pads, which are available from your favorite pet supply retailer.

Product Features
If the cleaning magnet becomes separated from the outside magnetic handle, the magnet will sink to the bottom of the aquarium with the weighted foot down. The weighted foot keeps the cleaning pad above the substrate surface to reduce the chance of substrate getting caught between the cleaning pad and the aquarium wall. This greatly reduces the risk of scratching the aquarium. The cleaning magnet is also balanced so that in the case of separation, it will fall facing towards the glass for easy reattachment.

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