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Hey! So for those who know, about 2 weeks ago I got a bunch of plants to fill up the empty space in my tank. The problem is that algae blossomed EVERYWHERE in my tank. Green and brown algae on the glass along with green spot algae, and blue-green algae coating the substrate and covering the tips of my plants. I'm able to clean the algae off the glass, but I have no idea how to clean the algae off the substrate. I do have a sand vacuum, but it's quite big for a ten gallon and doesn't fit well between gaps in the rocks and plants. I don't have anything stocked in the tank except for a betta fish, but I don't think the quality of my tank is good enough to introduce shrimp or other cleaning fish/inverts. For example, the GH is way too high and I've been struggling to get it down, and there aren't enough hiding places for tiny animals like shrimp in case my betta gets aggressive. Any tips to how I can effectively clean the algae and muck without a cleaning crew or ripping up my scape?
Hey all, I recently bought a paint scraper from the hardware store that has worked great for scraping algae, but it's already chipping after only a couple weeks. Does anyone have any recs for any of the magnet ones? Or is there any reason to stay away from them? I'm sure I'll still have to go in there with my hand to get some hard to reach areas, but it'd be nice to have the magnet do the bulk of the work. Any brand suggestions? thanks.