The Magic Eraser
by, 10-21-2011 at 09:00 AM (5749 Views)
This product has been discussed by aquarists, debating the value versus risk to the tank. The Magic Eraser can be purchased at super markets and places like Walmart. I found a larger box one day and bought it to try out. I think this box cost around $5.50 and came with four sponges, for lack of a better word.
About three months ago, I saw some chatter about the Magic Eraser on Facebook and how those people liked using it to keep the glass clean. Later, I saw more talk on DFWMAS and how those users felt their glass cleanings had reduced in number. One even pointed out that he cuts the material with a razor blade to sandwich it between his cleaning magnets. With that, I had to try it out myself. I had some razor blades that were the perfect size for this application. It cut through it easily like styrofoam. The white stuff is semi-soft, and apparently contains no chemicals.
I've been using this slice of the product between the magnets for about two weeks. It really cleans the glass well, which slows the film algae from growing since it erases every trace of the stuff. Some state it does well with coralline, but I don't really agree. Stubborn algae comes off with a few quick passes.
I'll probably flip the pad over to use the other side, or maybe just insert a new one. When turning a corner, the inserted pad doesn't move with the magnet so that is two-handed job but I don't mind getting my hand wet for that.