LoveMyPlatys Posted May 18 Share Posted May 18 Hi, I started fishkeeping in January. My main tank is 20 gallons. I’ve made a lot of changes since I started. In about February, I got a very large decorative vertical rock for the center decor and have a fake coral as well as fake plants and live anacharis and then of course gravel (pea gravel, which I got from Menard’s after lots of research; it’s not sharp and I cleaned it well outside in the winter. LOL Still wondering if pool filter sand would be better). Before I got the tank, I found a video on gravel vacuuming but I did not foresee the algae problems I’m facing. I have some plants that grow algae after 1 week and some are just too hard and too much work to clean. (Soaking in hot water/vinegar, using toothbrush) I’ve had no luck cleaning the large rock but I got a Bristlenose pleco who has done spectacular. I also got a Nerite snail to clean the green spot algae and surprisingly he has cleaned the 100% impossible to clean coral. I’ve scrubbed that with a toothbrush. He needs a friend (or 10) to help him clean all that coral because he forgets about it and goes elsewhere. I also got a couple Cory catfish (2 died) and 2 Kuhli loaches (2 days ago). I have 4 female Platys and their two “kids”. I’m just wondering how to best clean my tank. I do like a 40% water change (with gravel vac) every 10ish days to two weeks (because I try to wait a month or until my nitrates get to 20 but I can’t stand how gross I know it is in my tank). I have well water so no chlorine. Ph is 7.4-7.8ish because I have a driftwood. My gravel definitely has algae but I don’t think most of it is visible, just slimy. Is your experience that cheap plants (Amazon) or plastic plants are harder to maintain than live plants? I used salt to kill ich a couple months ago and my live plants are brownish so maybe salt killed them? Also, I’m enjoying all the algae eaters but my tank can’t seem to make enough algae on the glass to feed them. And would like to get more catfish or a hillstream loach. Am I over cleaning it? I read not to clean the green algae so you don’t spread it in your tank so I’m leaving it for the snail. Would a hillstream loach clean the plants? (One lady I follow said hers did) Or should I try other plants, live or plastic? Sorry for the unorganized long winded thought but wanted to include all my questions. Any advice for making my tank create lots of algae but not cover all my plants would be appreciated. I don’t have tons of money so affordable suggestions are appreciated. Thanks anyone who makes it through my post and has ideas! 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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