“ Brand: Hagen / Type: Algae Magnet „
A few weeks ago we bought a fish tank due the fact that my son and husband had `won` a goldfish at a carnival, I am still not happy with them but that is another story.
Our fish tank is nicely sorted out with gravel, filters and an air pump but this week I have noticed that the inside of the glass is pretty grubby with algae. We did buy a goldfish last week in Pets at Home so I don't know if the algae came with Woody but I do know that we have not had a problem with algae in the past.
The magnets come in a blister pack, on the front on the packaging it says :-
Easy removal of algae from aquarium glass
Heavy duty permanent bond pad
Will not scratch aquarium glass
For Glass aquariums only
On the back of the packaging are pictures showing how to use the magnet.
My husband spotted this Marina Algae Magnet which is made by Hagen on the Pets at Home website for £5.99. There is a smaller version for £4.99 but he decided on the larger one so that it would hopefully clean the tank glass a lot quicker.
In the pack are two black rectangular magnets, one is flat whilst the other is quite bulky and has a handle which reminds me of an old school chalkboard duster. Each magnet has got a blue cleaning pad and there is also an eyelet on each magnet.
Inside the pack there is also some thread which is wrapped around a piece of cardboard, you tie the thread to the eyelets.
**Using the Magnet**
I was very keen on seeing if this magnet would work but no way was I going to try it myself as yikes I have a phobia about fish water!
So I asked my husband to use the magnet and all he did was place the flattish magnet inside the tank and the other magnet stayed on the outside of the tank and he held onto the string. The idea with the string is if the magnet comes away from the tank you can easily pull it up without having to get wet trying to retrieve it from the bottom of the tank.
The string is also handy when the magnet is inside the tank, my husband had three panes of glass to clean so rather than having to take out the magnet each time he simple just moved the magnet around with the string.
My husband did find using the magnets a little bit fiddly, sometimes the inside magnet would not move in time with the outside one so he had to take it slowly but it did the job and it got rid of all the algae that was on the glass.
After finishing with the magnet my husband gave the magnet a good wash to get rid of the algae that was clinging to the pad.
On the Pets at Home website it says that the magnets are powerful and I would agree with this.
My tank is now lovely and clean and I can see my two goldfish who are called Woody and Goldie - blue!
Small H 14.5 x W 10 x D 4cm
Large H 17 x W 12 x D 3.5cm.
Price - £4.99 small